Martina McBride Talks New Music, CMT’s Next Women of Country Tour

And Why She Relates to Rayna on Nashville

It might get loud for Martina McBride in 2017. Her calendar is filled with music starting with the return of the Love Unleashed Tour, partnering with CMT for its third annual Next Women of Country Tour.

The tour resumes Feb. 2 in St. Louis, with Lauren Alaina, who is a new addition to the CMT Next Women of Country program. During our interview, McBride revealed plans to record a new Christmas album, a project outside of mainstream country and another Timeless compilation.

“I want to do a bunch of different things,” she said. “I would love to do a more country record. I would love to do a gospel record. I would love to do a Timeless II. I’d love to do a big band record. I’d love to do maybe even an alternative sounding record.

“I feel like now I’m free to do a lot of different music,” she added. “I just want to go into the studio and make music that doesn’t necessarily follow a formula. I followed a record company formula for 25 years, so it’s nice to feel like I can cut five songs and release them online, whatever it might be. I see it more as a creative space that’s so much freer.”

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