Trisha Yearwood — A Hybrid of Rocky Balboa and Martha Stewart

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Trisha Yearwood, 'Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love' 2007

Grammy Award-winning country singer Trisha Yearwood is releasing her first new album in seven years, PrizeFighter. At the age of 49, she’s looking to make a musical comeback and she’s ready to fight for what she wants. Not only is she going back on tour with her husband, Garth Brooks, but she’s also getting her Martha Stewart on. Yearwood’s launching a cookware and cutlery line, releasing her third cookbook next spring, and will begin taping the fifth season of her TV show “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen” on the Food Network. (She’s also won an Emmy for Outstanding Culinary Program. Just like Martha.)

With all that time in the kitchen, Yearwood was ready to get back in the studio and on stage. Yearwood’s last album, Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love, came out in 2007. Although it was super popular and well-received by critics – Jonathan Keefe of Slant Magazine said she “never sounded better” – afterwards, Yearwood took a break from Nashville. She and hubby Brooks moved to Oklahoma and focused on family. But now Yearwood is clearly ready to make some noise. Yearwood told AP music writer Chris Talbott that with PrizeFighter she wants to empower young women with “songs that make girls put their hands in the air and say, ‘Yeah, I can do that.”