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2011 album from the Country vocalist, her 11th album overall. The breadth of Martina's talents as recording artist, producer, songwriter, and concert entertainer has made her an in-demand performer and personality. Eleven features some of Martina's most personal songs to date, with the powerhouse vocalist penning six of the 11 tracks. While dabbling with songwriting in the past, Martina's newfound passion is evident in these songs, giving fans a deeper look into her reality.

About the Artist

After two decades in the music business, Martina McBride is starting over. Now signed to Republic Nashville, with new management (Clint Higham of Morris Artists Management), a new co-producer (Byron Gallimore), newly-spotlighted songwriting skills (she penned over half the songs on Eleven, her new CD), and a brand new spirit of accomplishment, Martina is swinging into high gear. And she couldn't be more thrilled. "It really feels like starting over for me -- but with a track record and with the success and experience I've had over the years," she explains. "I feel more mature and more confident, which comes with knowing yourself better. And there are a lot of opportunities now that I haven't had in a long time."

When her longtime contract with RCA Records expired in 2010, Martina revved up for new challenges ahead. "There comes a time when you have to step back and say, I need something different," she says. "It was a risk, but you have to do what feels right." After weighing her options, Martina decided to join two year-old Republic Nashville, part of the Big Machine Records family of labels. "We had a couple of offers that were really great," she notes, "but what really drew me in the end was Scott Borchetta and his reputation. When I met with him and his staff, their enthusiasm and passion for music were so evident -- not only for the business but for the music. I really got the feeling that they get up every day and say, `Wow! We get to be in the music business!" They have an innovative approach and such positive energy. It's contagious and something I wanted to be a part of."

It was Big Machine's CEO Borchetta who planted the seeds for another Martina first: recording outside Nashville. "When I'm at home, I wear a lot of hats," she says. "I get to be a musician part time, but I'm a mom first, and I only get to focus on music a few hours every day. I thought Scott showed a lot of insight when he suggested I go somewhere else to record the new CD. It was a respectful way to say, `You need to focus on the music if this album is really important to you."

With co-producer Byron Gallimore and a seasoned group of Nashville musicians in tow, Martina headed down to Atlanta's Southern Tracks studio in January of 2011 to begin work on Eleven. The start of the sessions coincided with an ice storm that shut the city down. "There was nothing to do there but make music," she laughs. "We couldn't go shopping, we couldn't go out to eat. Every day we'd slide across the parking lot from the hotel and work in the studio making music all day." The singer made sure to break the studio time up with trips back to Nashville to see her daughters, but being away from home for several days at a clip let her totally focus on the recording.

Perhaps the most significant aspect of Eleven is the fact that Martin herself co-wrote six of the 11 tracks on the album, something she's especially proud of..

"I love songwriters, and I'm not an artist who thinks I have to write everything I record. But people were encouraging me to write and songwriters seemed to want to write with me, so I just decided to really focus and see what came of it. And because of that, this record shows a lot of different sides of my personality. I think it peels back a layer and let's people see more of my personality, especially the playful and fun side."

As for the superstar herself, she's frankly exhilarated by the chance to experience what she calls first-time opportunities the second time around. In a career that's already taken her to breathtaking heights (four CMA Female Vocalist of the Year trophies, three ACM Female Vocalist awards, a GRAMMY win, numerous national magazine covers and features, and appearances on such shows as VH1's "Divas," "TODAY Show," "20/20," "American Idol" and "Dancing with the Stars"), Martina is ready to take it up a notch with the help of her new label.

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  • Audio CD (October 11, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Republic Nashville
  • ASIN: B005HWUBFK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,123 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Prime Cuts: Marry Me, Summer of Love, Long Distance Lullaby

"11" is more than just the title of McBride's latest CD. Rather, this is also her 11th record with 11 newly recorded tracks in her illustrious career and it's released on October 11th. As if all of this is not enough, McBride will be hopping on the Amtrak to promote this record making 11 stops. However, it is not mathematical gimmick that will propel this disc to a brand new career high for this country diva, it's the songs. The majority of these 11 tracks are stellar -- packed with well-constructed melodies, thoughtful lyrics and catapulted by McBride's soaring high octane soprano. After 10 studio records with RCA Nashville Records, "11" marks a new beginning for McBride. On this her debut record for Republic Nashville Records, she has enlisted Bryon Gallimore (Faith Hill and Tim McGraw) as producer. Thankfully, Gallimore has not chosen the commercial exploitative route of imbuing this record with a ear popping stadium rock. Rather, this record has an organic feel with almost a rootsy feel on a few tracks yet it not so removed from commercial country radio. There are still some routine singles tailored for radio. Moreover, on this record McBride for the first time has co-written 7 out of the 11 cuts here.

Surprisingly, the best track on this disc has its sui genesis as a rock number. Imitating her peer Reba McEntire who had recently turned Beyonce's "If I Was a Boy" into a top 20 country hit, McBride has gone after Train's "Marry Me." "Marry Me" with its kitsch lyrics about the protagonist being smitten by love yet having no courage to tell the boy she loves begs for a country makeover.
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By Nathan on October 11, 2011
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I absolutely love this record. It is different and refreshing. I especially loved the song Broken Umbrella. I just found myself singing along with it and cutting it up lounder and louder. I love the fun feel it has and the good feeling it leaves you with. I also loved the two last tracks When You Love a Sinner and Long Distance Lullaby. Those two songs are beautifully written songs and she sings them with such passion.
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There was a slight hesitation in buying this album for me. I don't particularly like a lot of current country music especially what is being played on country radio. But from the moment i heard One night my hesitation was discarded. Every song on this album leaves you feeling something. From One night with a remembrance of what it is to live on love. To Marry Me (a duet with train better than the original) that leaves you with the perfect wedding song. Teenage daughters dealing with the comical side of raising teenagers. To I'm going to love you through it a emotional depiction of the struggle for women with breast cancer and their husbands support. If you buy no other cad this month buy this one. You will not be disappointed.
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Usually when singers 'leave' their long-standing record label to move to an independent one, it marks the end of their hit-making career. For Martina McBride who has been recording since the early 90's and has occupied a place in the charts for most of that time, the signs weren't good. Luckily, 'Eleven' has turned out to be her strongest album in over a decade and has placed 2 top 20 singles as I write.

Lead single 'Teenage Daughters' should have been a much bigger hit than it was. A strong, unusual song that's clearly straight from the heart. I love the world-weary resignation in McBride's vocal! Second single 'I'm Gonna Love You Through It' won't be to everyone's taste but has a powerful message.

Perhaps it will be a surprise to many that there is a distinct lack of actual 'country' material on this CD. There are many styles from pop and rock to folk and there are a few trademark McBride ballads. The quality is outstanding throughout with only 'When You Love A Sinner' sounding a bit tired and cliched to my ears. But great upbeat tracks like 'One Night', 'Broken Umbrella' and 'Always Be This Way more than make up for that one lapse.

Now in her mid 40's, Martina probably won't garner the airplay and attention she did in her 'Wild Angels/Evolution' days, but 'Eleven' is an album that's pretty close to perfection and deserves a long chart life. It goes without saying that her vocals are as sublime as ever. She's one of the best female singers in the world to my ears and I'm always amazed she hasn't received more acclaim for her vocals.

'Eleven' is the best MB album since 'Emotion' in 1999. She's often been let down by sloppy, over-sentimental material but that has been corrected here, bigtime. I hope the album is the resounding success it deserves to be.
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Martina made lots of changes this year,from a new label,management and a new producer.It was a wise decision,especially joining forces with the great Byron Gallimore (Faith Hill, Sugarland).
Every song on Eleven sounds completely different and stripped back of over production.From the simply stunning power anthem I'm Gonna Love You Through It,to the duet Marry Me with Pat Monahan from the band Train, to the edgy single Teenage Daughters, Martina has developed a new sound without neglecting her old fan base.
Other standouts include the beautiful Summer Of Love and Long Distance Lullaby.There's the full of energy uptempo One Night, and Broken Umbrella which includes horns that actually work well with the song.
Martina co-wrote the majority of the songs which is also another change for her.Eleven proves that Martina is still a force to be reckoned with in country music and could also teach her younger peers a thing or two.
Highly recommended!

Prime Cuts: One Night, I'm Gonna Love You Through It, Summer Of Love, Long Distance Lullaby.
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