TODAY   |  April 08, 2014

Martina McBride: ‘These songs are so much fun’

The country music star takes a new turn with her latest album, “Everlasting,” a collection of iconic soul and pop songs, and sings Elvis Presley hit “Suspicious Minds” live on TODAY.

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>>> but first, this is "today" on nbc.

>>> we're back now at 8:43. martina mcbride is one of country music 's biggest stars, but she's singing kind of a different tune on her latest album. it's called "everlasting" and it's a collection of iconic soul and pop songs . it's good to see you.

>> good to see you.

>> going to be even better to hear you in a few minutes. it's kind of a different course for you, going more to the classic.

>> yeah, these songs are so much fun to sing. i've always wanted to make a record like this. so it seemed like the right time, and it's out today.

>> out today.

>> and you went all the way with this. as i understand it, you even used some vintage instruments to put this record together. tell me about that.

>> yeah, we did. we wanted to record it in as pure a way as possible, kind of like they did it back then, so we were all together in one room and we did use vintage instruments. it was just a great experience making this record.

>> i imagine it would have been difficult, though, to pick what songs are going to make it into the final cut. there are so many great songs. was this a matter of okay, i'm just picking my favorite songs and i'm going to sing them?

>> no, it was about seven months of looking for songs. and just going through the treasure-trove of so many great songs. it just came down to, you know, just what i felt and songs that fit my voice. and there are a few, like the song i'm going to sing next, that i had on my list from day one.

>> okay, and you're not giving up on country, right?

>> no.

>> just a little moment away, doing something different.

>> yeah, it's funny. some of these songs were country hits as well. so it kind of goes back to the day when there really weren't genres, it was just great music and everybody recorded each other's songs. i just wanted to visit that for a why.

>> we can't wait to hear it. the album is called "everlasting." take it away. we're caught in a trap i