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May 5, 2020

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May 5, 2020

Recording In Quarantine – Martina Talks About the Challenges of Making New Music During Global Pandemic with Forbes

The music video for “Girls Like Me” will world premiere exclusively across CMT, CMT Music and on Tuesday, May 5.

Nashville, TN – Country icon and lifestyle entrepreneur Martina McBride appeared on NBC’s Songland last night where she was presented with four new songs and collaborated with producer-panelists Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean and Shane McAnally to make her final choice.  “Girls Like Me” is available globally on all streaming platforms.

Watch the performance video here.

Fans can tune-in to CMT and CMT Music to check out the official music video for “Girls Like Me” beginning in the 6:00 a.m. ET / 5:00 a.m. CT hour and continuing throughout the day.

“Girls Like Me” was originally co-written by Songland songwriter HALIE and her brother, recording artist Michael Tyler, Dan Swank, and Lexi Lauren. HALIE was paired with producer-panelist Ester Dean on Songland to creatively adapt the song to fit McBride. The 20 year old HALIE moved from Thayer, MO to Nashville right after high school in 2018 and cites McBride as an early influence. “I grew up listening to Martina and ‘This One’s For The Girls’ was one of my favorites,” said HALIE.  “We wanted to write a song that girls can relate to in an honest way. I wanted them to know that it’s ok to have insecurities.  I’m so glad I get to deliver that message through Martina McBride.”

“I love the message of this song,” adds McBride.  “We’ve all gone through things in life and have dealt with insecurities and mistakes. HALIE wrote this from a young woman’s perspective and I needed to be able to sing it from the perspective of someone who has already been down this road and is saying basically, ‘I’ve been where you are and it’s all going to be ok.’ There was so much of the lyric and melody that I loved and once I was able to find the way to flip the narrative, so to speak, it all came together beautifully. I think the message is powerful and relatable.”

Please see below for summary of credits for “Girls Like Me”

Title: “Girls Like Me”
Producer: Martina McBride, Nathan Chapman
Songwriters: Martina McBride, Ester Dean, Shane McAnally, Ryan Tedder, Halie Wooldridge (HALIE), Michael Tyler, Dan Swank, Alexis Kristine Shadle (Lexi Lauren), and Stephanie Chapman.

While the episode of Songland was filmed before the global pandemic shuttered studios, McBride faced the challenge to record the song and film a performance video in its aftermath.  She reached out to long-time collaborator Nathan Chapman to perform all the instruments and produce the track remotely.

“Making a record during this pandemic was challenging.  Studios are closed and you are not allowed to gather musicians together to record.  I have to say that I don’t know how I could have made this record without Nathan. He is such a gifted musician, singer, and producer and  was able to play and record all of the instruments on the track from his home studio. Aside from our initial meeting, before isolation began, when I played him the demo and we talked about doing this project, we were never in the same building throughout the entire recording process. But we both had the same vision and we were able to communicate that into a beautiful finished record.”

Soon as the song was done, McBride created a concept for the performance video with director John Shearer.  What would normally be a full production music video was scaled down to a socially distant skeleton crew.

“In some ways making the video was even more challenging than making the record. It’s very hard to communicate and also feel the energy when everyone is wearing masks and gloves and social distancing. Usually on a video shoot there is a glam team, lots of people working and laughing, catering, music playing, and the whole vibe is buzzing. This was pretty much the exact opposite of that and everyone was very careful and cautious.  I’m proud of John and the small crew we had for actually pulling it off.”

Martina McBride is a multiple GRAMMY-nominated country singer, whose vocals have kept her at the top of the charts garnering six No. 1 hits and 20 Top 10 singles. Selling more than 18 million albums to date, she has earned 14 Gold, 9 Platinum, 3 Double Platinum and 2 Triple Platinum certifications. She has been honored with more than 15 major music awards, including four wins from the Country Music Association and three Academy of Country Music Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year.

In addition to her iconic music career, Martina continues building her lifestyle brand having released two cookbooks, “Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life” (2018) and “Around the Table: Recipes and Inspiration for Gatherings Throughout the Year” (2014).  She recently wrapped the first season of “Vocal Point with Martina McBride”, her weekly podcast that featured Garth Brooks, Loretta Lynn, Little Big Town, Lukas Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Blake Shelton and many more.  Earlier this year she announced her “Livin’ Life Up Tour” with support from up-and-coming female artists Hannah Ellis, Hailey Whitters, Kalie Shorr and Sarah Allison Turner, and is planning her 10th annual “The Joy of Christmas Tour”.  Through her Team Music Is Love initiative, Martina has launched a series of fundraising and volunteer projects to support hunger relief, cancer research, domestic violence and helping women, children and families in need.

NBC’s Songland is an authentic peek into the creative process behind songwriting. The series provides undiscovered songwriters the chance to pitch their original creations to top recording artists and a panel of the most sought-after producers in music – Ester Dean, Shane McAnally and Ryan Tedder. One talented winner per episode has the opportunity to have their song recorded and released worldwide by chart-topping artists. Songland is executive produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Audrey Morrissey (The Voice), director Ivan Dudynsky, Eurythmics co-founder and Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee Dave Stewart, Chad Hines, and multi-Grammy-winning recording artist and Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine. Josh Gummersall serves as producer along with Ryan Tedder. The concept was devised by Stewart, Morrissey and Dudynsky. Songland airs Mondays at 10/9c on NBC.

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