The Way That I Am

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The Way That I Am
Martina McBride - The Way That I Am.jpg
Studio album by Martina McBride
Released September 14, 1993 (1993-09-14)
Genre Country
Length 34:05
Label RCA Records
Producer Paul Worley
Martina McBride
Ed Seay
Martina McBride chronology
The Time Has Come
(1992)The Time Has Come1992
The Way That I Am
Wild Angels
(1995)Wild Angels1995
Alternative cover
Cover of the international release.
Cover of the international release.
Singles from The Way That I Am
  1. "My Baby Loves Me"
    Released: July 12, 1993
  2. "Life #9"
    Released: January 3, 1994
  3. "Independence Day"
    Released: April 25, 1994
  4. "Heart Trouble"
    Released: October 22, 1994
  5. "Where I Used to Have a Heart"
    Released: 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[2]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[3]

The Way That I Am is the second album by American country music singer Martina McBride, released in 1993 by 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.[4]

The Compact Cassette version of this album omits the final track, "Ashes".[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Heart Trouble" Paul Kennerley 3:19
2. "My Baby Loves Me" Gretchen Peters 2:36
3. "That Wasn't Me" Gary Harrison, Tim Mensy 3:44
4. "Independence Day" Peters 3:25
5. "Where I Used to Have a Heart" Craig Bickhardt 3:50
6. "Goin' to Work" Bill Lloyd, Pam Tillis 3:30
7. "She Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" Walt Aldridge, Anna Lisa Graham 3:26
8. "Life #9" Kostas, Tony Perez 3:59
9. "Strangers" Bobby Braddock 3:21
10. "Ashes" Chris Waters, Lonnie Wilson, Charlotte Wilson 2:55
Total length: 34:05
International bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "The Time Has Come" Lonnie Wilson, Susan Longacre 2:32
12. "That's Me" Tony Haselden, Bob Alan 3:52
13. "Cheap Whiskey" Emory Gordy, Jr., Jim Rushing 3:08
14. "When You Are Old" Peters 3:07


Compiled from liner notes.[5]

  • Don Cobb – digital editor
  • Carlos Grier – digital editor
  • Martina McBride – producer
  • Anthony S. Martin – assistant producer
  • Mike Poole – recording engineer
  • Denny Purcell – mastering engineer
  • Clarke Schleicher – recording engineer
  • Ed Seay – production, recording engineer
  • Paul Worley – producer

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (1993) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums[6] 14
U.S. Billboard 200[6] 106
Canadian RPM Country Albums 8


Year Single Peak positions
US Country CAN Country
1993 "My Baby Loves Me" 2[6] 1
1994 "Life #9" 6[6] 8
"Independence Day" 12[6] 14
"Heart Trouble" 21[6] 32
1995 "Where I Used to Have a Heart" 49[6]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  3. ^ Album reviews at CD Universe
  4. ^ Greatest Hits (CD booklet). Martina McBride. RCA Records. 2001. 67012. 
  5. ^ a b The Way That I Am (CD booklet). Martina McBride. RCA Records. 1993. 66288. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Top Country Albums".