Regarding the song selection process for her forthcoming studio album, Reckless, McBride said, “I was really lucky. I had a lot of time, and I was not in a rush to make the record. I had a lot of time to wait for the right songs and I just approached them like I always do. I try to find songs that are authentic to me, and I love this collection of songs. I think I have found some really great songs.” The award-winning songstress revealed that in the music video for the lead single “Reckless,” she really did cut her own hair in it.

This Saturday, April 23, McBride will be paying homage to one of her greatest musical idols, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Linda Ronstadt at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles by singing the classic “Blue Bayou.” “I’m so excited to sing ‘Blue Bayou.’ I can’t wait,” she said.

McBride noted that she does not have a personal favorite song on the album, and that she loves all of the tracks on the collection.

On her charity organization, “Team Music Is Love,” McBride said, “It has been going really great. It is growing every day, and they have more new members and they come up with great projects. Sheila is very, very giving, wonderful and motivated person. She is doing a great job with it.” Her plans for the future will include a summer tour, as well as a tour in the fall.

“We are focusing on new production and on the new album. We are doing the ACCAs in Los Angeles and I am going up to Canada to do some press, and I will be promoting the record,” she said.

The key to longevity for McBride is “Recording great songs” that mean something to people.

McBride paid homage to the late veteran country artists Merle Haggard and Lynn Anderson.

“I loved Merle Haggard’s voice so much and his songwriting. He was just one of the last of a generation that shaped country music into what it is. We are going to miss him terribly,” McBride said.

On Lynn Anderson, McBride recalled, “One of the things that I loved the most was getting to sing on stage with Lynn Anderson. I got to sing ‘Rose Garden’ at the Grand Ole Opry. I didn’t know her very well, but she was always so sweet and it just was a thrill to get to share that moment with her on the Opry stage.” The country queen concluded our interview by defining the word success as “Happiness” in life.

Lynn Anderson