Powerhouse vocalist Martina McBride will appear on American Idol as a guest mentor to the female finalists while Jay DeMarcus (of Rascal Flatts) advised the male contestants, who recently visited her Nashville-based Blackbird Studios. USA Today exclusively broke the news that the Superstar will also perform the iconic “Over The Rainbow” on the live show. The track is available now on iTunes.
Martina made history with her most recent album EVERLASTING as the first solo female artist to debut at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart with an independently released and distributed album in the chart’s 50-year history. The project also marks her fifth chart-topping debut. To date, she has sold over 18 million albums, which have included 20 Top 10 singles and six #1 hits. She recently performed during the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards and has earned more than 15 major music awards, including four wins for Female Vocalist of the Year from the Country Music Association as well as the Music Business Association’s prestigious 2015 Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic efforts on behalf of domestic violence and using her voice throughout her musical career with songs like “Independence Day” and “A Broken Wing.” The petite powerhouse’s EVERLASTING TOUR has been well received with sold-out shows across the country and praise from Rolling Stone Country: “It’s familiar music coming from one of the most recognizable voices of any genre, yet with a stage plot unlike anything in McBride’s illustrious 22-year career.” Ever the entertainer, Martina also released her first book, Around The Table, a full-color illustrated collection of her favorite recipes, hosting tips, practical menu planning advice, and themed décor inspiration. Martina is expected to release new music later this year as part of the innovative Nash Icon Records roster, which also includes renowned superstars Reba and Ronnie Dunn.