MARTINA MCBRIDE BRINGS HER
“TEENAGE DAUGHTERS” TO COUNTRY RADIO
Grammy-winning, Country Music Icon Releases First New Music Since 2009
Nashville, Tennessee (March 15, 2011) – Country Music Superstar Martina McBride, mother of three daughters ranging from 5 to 16, is putting her girls to work – figuratively speaking that is. There are no plans for sixteen-year-old Delaney to join the band and while Emma (who will be 13 this month) and Ava (5) are natural entertainers, becoming a recording artist isn’t in their near future. But it’s the autobiographical content of McBride’s new single off her upcoming Republic Nashville debut album release that has her girls front and center.
McBride’s “Teenage Daughters” (co-written by McBride and The Warren Brothers) has a universal theme of children coming of age and parents trying to survive their offspring’s transformation into adulthood while reflecting back to their own lost adolescence. While every adult has experienced these tumultuous teenage years – either from the teenager’s perspective, parent’s or both – this topic, told from both a mom and dad’s perspective, is a surprisingly unique and fresh angle for country music.
“There are a lot of country songs about having baby daughters—almost always sung by a tender daddy,” writes Chris Willman in a recent Yahoo! Music blog. “And there are a fair share of country tunes about seeing your adult daughter leave home or get married—again, usually performed by a guy in touch with his sensitive side. But the difficult, in-between years that can drive a parent to drink? Those don't get written about.”
“Almost everybody goes through it,” says McBride. “So I’m not surprised when people tell me how much they relate to this song…even the dads who were ‘Prince Charming’ in their little girl’s world until she discovered boys. They all get it. This is every day life and it’s why I love country music – It touches us right at the heart of what we are feeling or dealing with on a daily basis.”
The inspiration for the song came naturally. "The Warrens and I were catching up on our lives before we started writing. I was telling them how interesting it is to have a teenager and how it goes from you being the center of their universe, to their life being more about their friends and gaining independence,” says McBride. “The little girl who thought you were so cool and always wanted to hold your hand or would dance with you in the kitchen, suddenly is a little embarrassed by those things. It's just inevitable as they grow up. It's their job to become more independent and our job to walk the balance between keeping them close and letting them go a little at a time. No matter how much you think you are prepared for it, it still takes you by surprise.”
“Another thing about the song that is relatable,” McBride continues, “is the fact that we used to be the ones breaking the rules and taking risks while our teenagers can't even imagine us that way. It's hard to reconcile the image we have of ourselves as wild and crazy, fun people with their image of us as just "Mom and Dad". It's not until they get older that they realize how much we have been through and how much wisdom we have to offer. And how fun we really are! " McBride says with a laugh.
She adds, "I love the fact that ‘Teenage Daughters’ blends humor, sass and sweetness. It shows a very real side of my personality that I'm not sure I've shown in a song before. It's definitely a very personal song and, to me, it just feels like an honest conversation between mothers and fathers of teenage daughters everywhere.“
As for the McBride’s teenage daughters, they agree and relate to the single as well. "John and I are very fortunate in that we have a great, close relationship with both Delaney and Emma as teenagers. We have an affectionate, sweet relationship based on honesty and respect,” assures McBride. “But we both recognize there is a big difference in the way our 5 year old views us and the way our 16 year old views us! The good news is, Delaney and her friends relate to the song as well...and they approve!"
McBride has co-written seven more tracks for her new album (due out this fall). After 18 million album sales, the CD will be a first in many ways - first on a new label, first working with her co-producer Byron Gallimore (Faith Hill, Tim McGraw) and first to have written the majority of the material herself.
“I finally made the time to write more and it's made this album so much more personal,” acknowledges McBride. “I won't sing a song unless I can tell the story or relate to the lyric and I don't believe you have to write the lyric to relate to it. But this album shows so many sides of my personality and the fact that I wrote most of it will make it interesting and fun for my fans.”
One of the most spectacular voices in any genre of music, Martina McBride is a four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, three-time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year and GRAMMY winning recording artist with more than 18 million in album sales and 24 Top 10 singles, including six that hit #1. The breadth of her talents – as recording artist, producer, songwriter, and concert entertainer – has made her an in-demand performer and personality, appearing on countless national TV shows, prime-time specials, award shows and prestigious events across the country.
The superstar’s fiery, passionate vocals have created such signature hits as "Independence Day," "Wild Angels," "A Broken Wing," "Blessed" and "This One’s for the Girls." These songs along with hits such as "Concrete Angel," "Love's The Only House,” "God's Will" and “Anyway” not only underscored her incredible popularity as one of music's preeminent female vocalists but have become memorable musical statements and resounding social commentaries as well.
McBride has lent her name, her music and her time to many domestic violence and child abuse organizations including ChildHelp USA, Prevent Child Abuse America, YWCA of Middle Tennessee, National Network to End Domestic Violence, National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline.
Celebrated for her dedication to these causes, along with her talent, beauty, sense of fashion and her “everywoman” perspective in life and music, Martina has graced the covers of numerous national publications including Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Reader’s Digest, People Magazine, Shape and Country Weekly.
Martina recently signed with Big Machine Label Group’s Republic Nashville imprint and is in the studio currently completing her 2011 release. The first single, “Teenage Daughters” on Republic Nashville just hit radio.
McBride will perform as part of the "Girls' Night Out: Superstar Women of Country" which will air April 22 on CBS at 8:00 pm eastern. Girls’ Night Out: Superstar Women of Country is a special tribute concert featuring an A-list lineup of performers paying respect to today’s most incredible country music female artists, all of whom will be honored with unique accolades from the Academy for special achievements in their careers. Martina will be recognized by ACM Lifting Lives for her dedication to raising social consciousness through songs such as “Independence Day” and “Concrete Angel,” which raise awareness of domestic violence and encourage female empowerment.
ABOUT REPUBLIC NASHVILLE: Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Records Label Group and Monte Lipman, President and CEO of Universal Republic, announced the formation of its new label partnership – Republic Nashville – in May 2009. Former Capitol Records Promotion executive Jimmy Harnen serves as President with Borchetta serving as CEO. The imprint is headquartered on Music Row and utilizes the combined resources of Big Machine Records and Universal Republic Records. Big Machine and Universal Republic first joined forces in 2007 to propel country Superstar Taylor Swift to Top 40 radio and beyond, with Taylor becoming the best-selling all-genre artist in 2008. Republic Nashville's artist roster includes Grammy-winning, multi-platinum superstar Martina McBride; Grammy-nominated, Platinum sensations The Band Perry; Eli Young Band and Sunny Sweeney.