Martina McBride has just released a brand new album of cover songs. It's called Everlasting. Because they are songs that have been around forever, have stood the test of time and will live on indefinitely.
And I think the same could be said for McBride's marriage. She has been married to her husband John for 25 years. During a Wednesday (April 9) appearance on VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live, she revealed a few secrets to that kind of everlasting love.
"A sense of humor, and you have to respect each other," McBride said. "And he does what I say."
Simple but sage advice from a celebrity who has defied the odds by staying married in a world full of conscious uncouplings.
This new album is her second covers project. Her first was all classic country, in 2005, called Timeless. I still listen to her versions of "Heartaches by the Number" and "Thanks a Lot" all the time.
But this new one has McBride taking on more pure pop and soul songs, including Etta James' "In the Basement" (which McBride sings as a duet with Kelly Clarkson), Jimmy Ruffin's "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "If You Don't Know Me by Now."
McBride admits that if there was any pressure this time around, it was just to stay true to the original.
"The pressure is to make the songs your own but still keep a reverence to the original," she told VH1. "Because so many people are in love with those records -- and for good reason. So that's the trick."