The Way That I Am is the second album by American country music singer Martina McBride, released in 1993 on RCA Records. It was certified Platinum on May 15, 1995 by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). This was her breakthrough album, producing her first Top 5 hit in "My Baby Loves Me", which was previously released as a single by Canadian singer Patricia Conroy from her 1992 album Bad Day for Trains. McBride's version was a number 2 on the Hot Country Songs charts. Also released from this album were "Life #9" at number 6, "Independence Day" at number 12, "Heart Trouble" at number 21, and finally, "Where I Used to Have a Heart" at number 49.
Although never released as a single, "Strangers" was reprised on McBride's Greatest Hits album in 2001. In the liner notes of that album, she stated that she included the song because it was a fan favorite, and she felt that it would have been a better follow-up to "Independence Day" than "Heart Trouble" and "Where I Used to Have a Heart" were.