Country icon Martina McBride has dropped a new single, “Girls Like Me.”
“Girls Like Me” was one out of four songs presented to McBride on the NBC television competition series Songland. The show paves the way for undiscovered songwriters to get their songs cut by music superstars. The likes of John Legend, HER, Jonas Brothers, and Kelsea Ballerini have appeared on the show.
“I grew up listening to Martina and ‘This One’s for the Girls’ was one of my favorites,” said Songland contestant HALIE, who wrote “Girls Like Me.”
“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.”
McBride decided to record “Girls Like Me” mainly because she loved the “message of this song.”
“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,” the country singer said in a statement.
Although McBride’s Songland episode was filmed before the coronavirus lockdown took hold, she still had to figure out a way to record the song and release it even as studios in Nashville began to shutter.
“Making a record during this pandemic was challenging. Studios are closed and you are not allowed to gather musicians together to record,” she told Forbes.
Fortunately, McBride’s longtime friend and producer Nathan Chapman came to her rescue 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,” the singer explained.
Listen to “Girls Like Me” below: