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Martina McBride

Contemporary country vocalist Martina McBride rose to stardom in the late ’90s, starting out with a more traditionalist approach and later moving into pop-friendlier territory. She was born Martina Mariea Schiff in Medicine Lodge, KS, in 1966 and discovered country songs through her father, who led a local band called the Schifters. By her teen years, she was singing and performing keyboards with the Schifters, and after high school she gigged around Kansas with several different bands. She married soundman John McBride, and in 1990 the couple moved to Nashville, where John worked for performers like Charlie Daniels and Ricky Van Shelton; Martina, meanwhile, worked as a demo singer, and her husband produced her demo tape, which got her signed to RCA in 1991. Around the same time, John was hired as Garth Brooks’ production manager, which helped land Martina an opening slot on tour with Brooks. Her debut album, The Time Has Come, was issued in 1992, offering a set of material indebted to traditional honky tonk and progressive-minded country-folk. The pop-inflected 1993 follow-up, The Way That I Am, was her commercial breakthrough, with the lead single “My Baby Loves Me” zooming up the country charts to the number two position. The affecting story-song “Independence Day” became something of a signature number, and another single, “Life #9,” also reached the Top Ten.

McBride’s 1995 follow-up, Wild Angels, gave her a second Top Five hit in “Safe in the Arms of Love,” and its title track became her first-ever number one single. issued in 1997, Evolution became her first Top Ten country album, and the Jim Brickman duet “Valentine” not only went Top Ten, but crossed over to become her first big hit on the adult contemporary charts. Evolution went on to spawn two number two favorites (“Happy Girl” and “Whatever You Say”) and two number one favorites (“A Broken Wing” and “Wrong Again”), and sold over two million copies, launching McBride into the top rank of country stardom. She issued a Christmas album in late 1998 and came back with a proper follow-up, Emotion, in 1999. Its lead single, “I Love You,” hit number one country and also crossed over to adult contemporary radio, and the follow-ups “Love’s the Only House,” “There You Are,” and “It’s My Time” were all successful as well (the first two also reached the Top Ten). The Greatest smashes compilation gave us in 2001 was the first McBride album to top the country charts, and sold well enough to make the pop Top Five as well. It contained four new tracks, all of which were eventually issued as singles; “Blessed” hit number one, and “When God-Fearin’ Women Get the Blues” and “Where Would You Be” both reached the Top Ten. Martina from 2003 celebrated womanhood, at a time of Timeless from 2005 was a collection of country classics; both became Top Ten album hits, the latter climbing to number three. Waking Up Laughing appeared in 2007 from RCA Records. The CD/DVD set Live in Concert was put forth in 2008, followed by Shine in 2009 from RCA.

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Shot of Country: White Christmas

Posted by MissMolly On December - 19 - 2012

Shot of Country: Get In The Holiday Spirit with our “White Christmas” Inspired Drink Recipe! In this special edition of our weekly Shot Of Country, we’re whipping up a drink that we think will definitely get you into the holiday spirit! Whether you like the version sung by Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Sheryl Crow or [...]

Martina McBride’s Joy Of Christmas Tour

Posted by HaleighT On November - 28 - 2012

Martina McBride Hits The Road For A 16-City Christmas Tour. Martina McBride’s favorite time of year is Christmas, so this year she is doing it up big in more way than one! She will be sharing this magical time of the year with fans as she makes appearances in two TV specials, premiers a new [...]

Thanksgiving Shot of Country: Martina McBride’s Blessed

Posted by MissMolly On November - 20 - 2012

Drink Recipes Inspired By Country Music Lyrics, This Is Your Thanksgiving Edition Shot of Country: Martina McBride’s “Blessed”! What goes better with Country Music than a good drink? Not much! So, we’re goin’ straight to the source and bringing you recipes inspired by our favorite country music lyrics. So, grab a glass and get ready! [...]

Martina McBride to Perform for Musicians On Call

Posted by Hayley On October - 23 - 2012

Martina McBride Celebrates 5th Anniversary of Musicians on Call. The Hard Rock Café in Nashville welcomes Martina McBride to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Musicians On Call, a nonprofit organization that brings live performances to hospital patients. Katy Epley, MOC Director of National Expansion, is looking forward to Martina’s performance on November 16th. “Musicians On [...]

Martina McBride Joy of Christmas Tour

Posted by MissMolly On September - 17 - 2012

Martina McBride Adds 16 Holiday Concert Dates to Tour! We country music fans all love ourselves a little Martin McBride, right? So, its always great to hear that we’re gonna get an extra chance to see her perform live! The country music star announced that she is adding 16 NEW dates to her touring schedule…all [...]

Martina McBride Lends Her Voice For Charity

Posted by HaleighT On August - 31 - 2012

The Shalom Foundation’s Hymns, Hams & Jams Concert Was A Success! Last week, Martina McBride shared her time and musical talents at Nashville’s Hymns, Hams & Jams concert from Loveless Barn in support of The Shalom Foundation. The event was a huge success, raising much-needed funds in support of its medical program in Guatemala. The [...]

Martina McBride To Headline Hymns Hams And Jams

Posted by HaleighT On August - 14 - 2012

Martina McBride Is Set To Headline The 3rd Annual Hymns, Hams & Jams Concert In Nashville. Martina McBride is sharing her time and talents in a special concert from Nashville’s Loveless Barn to benefit The Shalom Foundation and its medical program in Guatemala. Taking place August 21, Hymns, Hams & Jams will also feature a [...]

Martina McBride White Christmas

Posted by HaleighT On December - 23 - 2011

Martina McBride Shows Her Christmas Spirit In Her White Christmas Music Video Here is an elegant video of Martina McBride singing the classic carol “White Christmas” with a beautiful band accompanying her. Yes, this is a bit of a flashback and she has shorter hair, but that voice sounds the same every time! Enjoy!

Martina McBride on Dancing With The Stars

Posted by MissMolly On October - 27 - 2011

Martina McBride Performs I’m Gonna Love You Through It on ABCs Dancing With The Stars. Martina McBride‘s album Eleven released October 11th, and she stopped by ABC’s Dancing With The Stars on Tuesday, October 25th to perform one of the singles off this album, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It“. This particular track of the [...]

Martina McBride New Album Eleven

Posted by MissMolly On October - 10 - 2011

Martina McBride Releases New Album and Travels the Nation Via Amtrak! Martina McBride‘s upcoming album, Eleven, drops this week! It will officially be available Tuesday, October 11th! This album features, as the title suggests, eleven brand new tracks, of which she wrote or co-wrote six including the lead single “Teenage Daughters“. A special version of [...]