Evolution (Martina McBride album)

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Martina McBride Evolution album cover.jpg
Studio album by Martina McBride
Released August 26, 1997 (1997-08-26)
Genre Country
Length 47:38
Label RCA Records
Producer Paul Worley, Martina McBride
"Still Holding On" produced by Clint Black and James Stroud
"Valentine" produced by Dan Shea
Martina McBride chronology
Wild Angels
White Christmas
Singles from Evolution
  1. "Still Holding On"
    Released: June 2, 1997
  2. "A Broken Wing"
    Released: September 8, 1997
  3. "Valentine"
    Released: September 8, 1997
  4. "Happy Girl"
    Released: April 20, 1998
  5. "Wrong Again"
    Released: September 14, 1998
  6. "Whatever You Say"
    Released: February 22, 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[2]

Evolution is the fourth album released by Martina McBride. It was released in 1997 via RCA Records. It included the hit singles "Happy Girl", "A Broken Wing" and "Valentine", the latter of which became her first single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as her first major crossover hit. The song "I'm Little But I'm Loud" is a recording of McBride when she was seven years old, while "Valentine" is a re-recording of a song which Brickman and McBride previously released from his 1997 album Picture This. The original Picture This version charted at #3 on the AC charts and #68 on the country charts, while the re-recording featured here was a Top Ten country hit. In the U.S. the album was certified Gold on 12/23/1997, Platinum on 5/15/1998, 2xPlatinum on 6/24/1999 and 3xPlatinum on 2/26/2001 by the R.I.A.A.

Also released from this album was "Still Holding On", a duet with Clint Black which was originally released on Black's 1997 album Nothin' but the Taillights.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I'm Little But I'm Loud"   Little Jimmy Dickens, Boudleaux Bryant 0:56
2. "Happy Girl"   Beth Nielsen Chapman, Annie Roboff 3:26
3. "Be That Way"   Bob DiPiero, Stephony Smith 3:34
4. "A Broken Wing"   James House, Sam Hogin, Phil Barnhart 3:35
5. "Wrong Again"   Cynthia Weil, Tommy Lee James 3:15
6. "Keeping My Distance"   Jimmy Davis, Don Smith, Tommy Burroughs 3:51
7. "Still Holding On" (with Clint Black) Marty Stuart, Matraca Berg, Clint Black 4:37
8. "Whatever You Say"   Ed Hill, Tony Martin 4:30
9. "I Won't Close My Eyes"   Kevin Montgomery, Larry Gottlieb 3:38
10. "I Don't Want to See You Again"   Jackson Leap 3:00
11. "Some Say I'm Running"   Michael W. Smith, Brent Bourgeois 4:05
12. "Here in My Heart"   Susan Ashton, Gayla Borders 3:51
13. "One Day You Will"   Richard Leigh, Shane Teeters 2:36
14. "Valentine" (featuring Jim Brickman) Jim Brickman, Jack Kugell 3:22



  • Produced By Paul Worley, Martina McBride, James Stroud, Dan Shea & Clint Black
  • Engineered By Derek Bason, Al Grassmick, Tony Green, Eric Hellerman, Brent King, Julian King, Dean Jamison, John Nelson, Eric Legg, Jeanne Schiff, Clarke Schleicher & Ed Seay
  • Mixed By Chuck Ainlay, Derek Bason & Mick Guzauski
  • Mastered By Denny Purcell

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (1997) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 4
U.S. Billboard 200 24
Canadian RPM Country Albums 7
Canadian RPM Top Albums 80


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US US AC CAN Country CAN AC
1997 "A Broken Wing" 1[3] 61 17
"Valentine" 68 50[3] 3[3] 16
1998 "Valentine" (re-release) 9[3] 14
"Happy Girl" 2[3] 4
1999 "Wrong Again" 1[3] 36[3] 5
"Whatever You Say" 2[3] 37[3] 6