Waking Up Laughing

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Waking Up Laughing
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Studio album by Martina McBride
Released April 3, 2007
Recorded 2006
Genre Country
Length 41:03
Label RCA Records
Producer Martina McBride
Martina McBride chronology
Waking Up Laughing
Live in Concert
(2008)Live in Concert2008
Singles from Waking Up Laughing
  1. "Anyway"
    Released: November 6, 2006
  2. "How I Feel"
    Released: May 2007
  3. "For These Times"
    Released: October 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
About.com5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[2]
BBC Music(favorable)[3]
Country Weekly(positive)[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[5]
The New York Times(positive)[6]
People3.5/4 stars
Plugged In(favorable)[7]

Waking Up Laughing is the ninth studio album from country singer Martina McBride. This album is the first in McBride's career in which she has both co-written songs and been involved in the production single-handedly. This album produced three chart singles for McBride on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart: "Anyway" at #5, "How I Feel" at #15 and "For These Times" at #35. In the U.S. the album was certified Gold on 12/12/2007 by the R.I.A.A.


Waking Up Laughing is the first album of McBride's career in which she co-wrote any of the material. McBride wrote the lead-off single "Anyway" with Brad and Brett Warren of The Warren Brothers. This song reached #5 on the Hot Country Songs charts in early 2007, becoming McBride's first Top Ten country hit in three years. The Warren Brothers and McBride also co-wrote "How I Feel", the second single, with Chris Lindsey and Aimee Mayo.

"For These Times" was inspired by former Republican senator Rick Santorum, who was defeated in 2006, and his daughter. When his daughter began to cry at his loss, the cameras focused on her, inspiring Leslie Satcher to write the song. It was also inspired by her Pastor, who stated "For these times in which we live, you are going to need this book." referring to the Bible.[8] The song received a 2009 Grammy nomination.

"Cry Cry ('Til the Sun Shines)" was covered by former Trick Pony lead vocalist Heidi Newfield on her debut solo album, What Am I Waiting For, from which it was released as a single in November 2008.

Track listing[edit]

1."If I Had Your Name"Gordie Sampson, Steve McEwan, Hillary Lindsey3:43
2."Cry Cry ('Til the Sun Shines)"Chris Lindsey, H. Lindsey, Aimee Mayo, Marv Green3:06
3."Tryin' to Find a Reason"Tommy Lee James, Jeremy Stover3:26
4."For These Times"Leslie Satcher4:16
5."Anyway" (feat. string arrangements by David Campbell)Brad Warren, Brett Warren, Martina McBride4:40
6."How I Feel"Brad Warren, Brett Warren, McBride, C. Lindsey, Mayo3:48
7."I'll Still Be Me"Rachel Thibodeau, Tammy Hyler3:49
8."Beautiful Again"Brad Warren, Brett Warren, McBride2:56
9."Everybody Does"Mike Mobley, Dan DeMay, Rachel Proctor3:27
10."House of a Thousand Dreams"Billy Montana, Ilya Toshinsky, Jenai3:53
11."Love Land"Tom Douglas, Thibodeau3:56
12."Blue Bayou" (iTunes pre-order bonus track)Roy Orbison, Joe Melson4:05
Total length:41:03


Chart performance[edit]


Chart (2007) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 4
U.S. Top Country Albums 2


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US US Pop US AC
2006 "Anyway" 5 32 37 14
2007 "How I Feel" 15 108
"For These Times" 35