In the Basement

Album: Everlasting (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • Martina McBride and Kelly Clarkson combined in their first-ever studio duet together, to cover a 1966 Etta James pair-up with Sugar Pie DeSanto. McBride told Billboard magazine about this hookup with the American Idol alumna. "I wanted to do a song that was a little bit unexpected for us," she said. "I think people would expect the two of us to get together and do this big ballad, but I found this song, and thought it was so much fun. It fits her personality, and it has a lot of fun energy and is very vivacious. So, we recorded it together, and I think it turned out great."

    Clarkson and McBride previously sang live together in 2006 when they honored Reba McEntire on CMT Giants, performing "Does He Love You."
  • This is probably the least known of the covers that McBride recorded for her Everlasting album. "I wasn't super familiar with it, to be honest," she told Billboard magazine. "I discovered it along the way. That's one of the great things about this record – I discovered a lot of music while listening to thousands of songs. That was a really great process for me too."
  • Everlasting was released on McBride's own Vinyl Recordings label through Kobalt Label Services. It spent its first week at #1 on the Country chart, a history making feat for Martina McBride as she became the first woman ever to debut at #1 with an independently released and distributed album.

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