New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Country icon and lifestyle entrepreneur Martina McBride
appeared on NBC's Songland last night where she was presented with four new songs and collaborated with producer-panelists Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean and Shane McAnally to make her final choice. "Girls Like Me" is available globally on all streaming platforms.
Fans can tune-in to CMT and CMT Music
to check out the officical music video for "Girls Like Me" beginning in the 6:00 a.m. ET / 5:00 a.m. CT hour and continuing throughout the day.
"Girls Like Me" was originally co-written by Songland songwriter HALIE and her brother, recording artist Michael Tyler, Dan Swank, and Lexi Lauren. HALIE was paired with producer-panelist Ester Dean on Songland to creatively adapt the song to fit McBride. THE 20 year old HALIE moved from Thayer, MO to Nashville right after high school in 2018 and cites McBride as an early influence. "I grew up listening to Martina and 'This One's For The Girls' was one of my favorites," said HALIE. "We wanted to write a song that girls can relate to in an honest way. I wanted them to know that it's ok to have insecurities. I'm so glad I get to deliver that message through Martina McBride."
"I love the message of this song," adds McBride. "We've all gone through things in life and have dealt with insecurities and mistakes. HALIE wrote this from a young woman's perspective and I needed to be able to sing it from the perspective of someone who has already been down this road and is saying basically, 'I've been where you are and it's all going to be ok.' There was so much of the lyric and melody that I loved and once I was able to find the way to flip the narrative, so to speak, it all came together beautifully. I think the message is powerful and relatable." Please see below for summary of credits for "Girls Like Me":
Title: "Girls Like Me"
Producer: Martina McBride, Nathan Chapman
Songwriters: Martina McBride, Ester Dean, Shane McAnally, Ryan Tedder, Halie Wooldridge (HALIE), Michael Tyler, Dan Swank, Alexis Kristine Shadle (Lexi Lauren), and Stephanie
While the episode of Songland was filmed before the global pandemic shuttered studios, McBride faced the challenge to record the song and film a performance video in its aftermath. She reached out to long-time collaborator Nathan Chapman to perform all the instruments and produce the track remotely.
"Making a record during this pandemic was challenging. Studios are closed and you are not allowed to gather musicians together to record. I have to say that I don't know how I could have made this record without Nathan. He is such a gifted musician, singer, and producer and was able to play and record all of the instruments on the track from his home studio. Aside from our initial meeting, before isolation began, when I played him the demo and we talked about doing this project, we were never in the same building throughout the entire recording process. But we both had the same vision and we were able to communicate that into a beautiful finished record."
Soon as the song was done, McBride created a concept for the performance video with director John Shearer. What would normally be a full production music video was scaled down to a socially distant skeleton crew.
"In some ways making the video was even more challenging than making the record. It's very hard to communicate and also feel the energy when everyone is wearing masks and gloves and social distancing. Usually on a video shoot there is a glam team, lots of people working and laughing, catering, music playing, and the whole vibe is buzzing. This was pretty much the exact opposite of that and everyone was very careful and cautious. I'm proud of John and the small crew we had for actually pulling it off."
is a multiple GRAMMY-nominated country singer, whose vocals have kept her at the top of the charts garnering six No. 1 hits and 20 Top 10 singles. Selling more than 18 million albums to date, she has earned 14 Gold, 9 Platinum, 3 Double
Platinum and 2 Triple Platinum certifications. She has been honored with more than 15 major music awards, including four wins from the COUNTRY MUSIC Association and three ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS for Female Vocalist of the Year.
In addition to her iconic music career, Martina continues building her lifestyle brand having released two cookbooks, "Martina's Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life" (2018) and "Around the Table: Recipes and Inspiration for Gatherings Throughout the Year" (2014). She recently wrapped the first season of "Vocal Point with Martina McBride", her weekly podcast that featured Garth Brooks, Loretta Lynn, Little
Big Town, Lukas
Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Blake
Shelton and many more. Earlier this year she announced her "Livin' Life Up Tour" with support from up-and-coming female artists Hannah
Ellis, Hailey Whitters, Kalie Shorr and Sarah Allison
Turner, and is planning her 10th annual "The Joy of Christmas Tour". Through her Team Music
Is Love initiative, Martina has launched a series of fundraising and volunteer projects to support hunger relief, cancer research, domestic violence and helping women, children and families in need.