Trisha Yearwood punching back with PrizeFighter: Hit after Hit

PrizeFighter: Hit after Hit is the 12th studio album from Grammy, CMA, and ACM Award-winning vocalist, Trisha Yearwood. The Sony Music Nashville release is the first album from the Georgia native since 2007’s Grammy-nominated Heaven Heartache and the Power of Love. Among the new material on the album is the title track lead single featuring Kelly Clarkson, which is currently No. 48 on the Mediabase Country radio airplay chart. “It's a song on the album that is about beating the odds and winning and fighting no matter what,” says Yearwood about the ‘Prizefighter’ single. “I think it's a message we all need to hear.”

In addition to the six new songs on PrizeFighter: Hit after Hit, the album includes 10 “enhanced versions” of some of Yearwood’s classic hits such as country chart toppers ‘She’s in Love With the Boy,’ ‘XXX’s and OOO’s,’ and ‘How Do I Live.’ She explains the process behind re-doing her classic hits was a case of giving them a contemporary facelift. “When you listen to songs like 'Walkaway Joe' today, everything is swimming in reverb. It's still beautiful, but it's dated,” she tells Billboard. “So we conducted a science experiment. We got the original players, went into the original studios and told them we wanted to re-create their part exactly.”

Other featured tracks on PrizeFighter: Hit after Hit includes story songs such as ‘Met Him in a Motel Room,’ a tune penned by Rory Feek and Jamie Teachenor. Feek says ‘Met Him In A Motel Room’ is Yearwood's first Christian-leaning song outside of her Christmas album. He explains that both he and Yearwood were intrigued by how the story unfolds from what appears to be a seedy liaison and ends up as a special story about a woman finding God. There’s also the heartbreak ballad ‘End of the World’ by Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, and Trevor Rosen; and the bluesy ‘Your Husband's Cheatin',’ another songwriter collaboration by Matraca Berg, Marshall Chapman, and Jill McCorkle.

”There's a nervousness about releasing new music, but at this moment, I'm just excited to have new music coming because it's been too long,” Yearwood continues to Billboard, adding she put her music career on hold to tend to her mother, who died from breast cancer in October 2011. “Hearing the song 'Prizefighter' was really the thing that lit a fire under me. I didn't want to let it slip through my fingers because I was taking so long to get my record done and I had to let somebody else have it,” admits the one-time CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year.

The touching ‘I Remember You’ is another track that Yearwood says brings back memories of her mother. Brooks also surprised his wife on her 50th birthday by flying in her sister to do the harmony on the song. Meanwhile, Taste of Country magazine states the uptempo ‘Can’t Trust the Weatherman’ finds Yearwood exploring a new direction, while still retaining the elements that have always distinguished her music. “This album was about bringing together the songs that show what I’m all about,” says Yearwood, who is currently touring with husband, Garth Brooks. “These are the classic songs people fell in love with and the new songs that show ‘what’s next.’ When you come to the shows, it’s a mix of favorites with a few new ones that people are coming to hear and sing along with.”

Watch Trisha Yearwood in the official music video for her breakthrough hit, ‘She’s in Love With the Boy.’

As A Matter of Fact…

* Patricia Lynn "Trisha" Yearwood was born September 19, 1964, in rural Monticello, Georgia. She grew up on a farm owned by her father, who was also a prominent local banker. Yearwood loved Elvis Presley as a child and sang in musicals, choral groups, and talent shows while in school.

* Yearwood first enrolled at the University of Georgia, but transferred to Belmont College in Nashville to study music business. She got an internship at MTM Records and was soon an in-demand demo singer, which resulted in Garth Brooks hiring her as a backup vocalist.

* Yearwood appeared on Brooks' 1989 self-titled debut and the blockbuster follow-up, No Fences . In 1990, she staged a showcase performance that landed her a record deal with MCA. Her self-titled debut album was released in 1991, and the lead single, ‘She's in Love with the Boy,’ rocketed to the top of the country charts.

* Three more singles from the Trisha Yearwood debut reached the Top 10, and the rising star toured with Garth Brooks as the opening act. Her debut album went on to sell more than one million copies, making Yearwood the first female country artist to ever reach the platinum million mark with a debut album.

* In 1992, Yearwood’s platinum-selling Hearts in Armor featured the hit singles ‘Wrong Side of Memphis’ and the Don Henley duet, ‘Walkaway Joe.’ Fourth album Thinkin' About You was another huge hit, featuring her second and third No. 1 singles, ‘XXX's and OOO's’ and the title track.

* Subsequent albums Everybody Knows (1996), and her first compilation, Songbook: A Collection of Hits (1997), scored additional Top 10 hits and earned Yearwood the Female Vocalist of the Year award from the CMA and ACM in 1997 and 1998, respectively. She also picked up her first solo Grammy for ‘How Do I Live.’

* Yearwood tried her hand at acting in 1998, appearing in a recurring role on the hit CBS military drama “JAG.” She currently stars in a Food Network cooking show called, “Trisha's Southern Kitchen,” which is in its fifth season. The singer also recently completed her third cookbook titled, “Trisha's Table.”

* Since her multi-platinum debut album in 1991, Trisha Yearwood, 50, has gone on to become one country music’s top-selling female artists, recording 11 studio albums, nine No. 1 hits, and 20 Top 10 singles. Her collection of 14 Top 5 country hits includes chart toppers ‘She's In Love with the Boy’ (1991), ‘XXX's and OOO's’ (1994), ‘Thinkin' About You’ (1995), ‘Believe Me Baby (I Lied)’ (1996), and ‘Perfect Love’ (1998).

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