Martina McBride back on top with 'Everlasting'

Martina McBride's Everlasting will debut this week at No. 1 on Billboard's country albums chart, at least temporarily interrupting the dominance of two blockbuster albums -- Luke Bryan's Crash My Party and Florida Georgia Line's Here's to the Good Times.

It's a formidable achievement for McBride, especially as the first project on her own label. She's certainly been working hard to promote the project, including appearances on Today, The Arsenio Hall Show, VH1's Big Morning Buzz and as part of the CMT Listen Up performance series.

Everlasting raises an interesting question, though. What's up with Martina McBride singing covers of Little Walter, Etta James, Otis Redding, Van Morrison and Motown greats like the Supremes and Jimmy Ruffin?

With guest appearances by Kelly Clarkson and Gavin DeGraw, the short answer is that she's continuing to explore her musical inspirations which extend far beyond the covers of Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Connie Smith, Lynn Anderson and others she recorded for her 2005 all-country album, Timeless.

She recently had an interview with CMT which you can find by clicking HERE.