Martina McBride is one of the most honored, admired and awarded women in contemporary music… but is not one to rest on her laurels.
Even before there were laurels, Martina was singing country classics with father’s country band at age 7. Following a period singing with a rock group in Wichita, Kansas, Martina married John McBride in 1988 and the couple soon moved to Nashville. He was the soundman on the Garth Brooks’ 1991 tour and she tagged along to sell Garth t-shirts and souvenirs to the fans.
“I love Nashville; I feel passionate about this town,” she once said. “I always knew I wanted to move to Nashville. It was my dream.” While Martina was later inducted into Nashville’s hallowed Grand Ole Opry, she was once turned down by every record label on the town’s famed Music Row… until RCA gave her the chance she deserved.
She first made the country charts in 1992 and has been a constant chart presence ever since. Martina’s hits include such enduring classics like “My Baby Loves Me,” “Wild Angels,” “In My Daughter’s Eyes,” “Safe in the Arms of Love,” “Where Would You Be,” and “When God-Fearin’ Women Get the Blues.”
The public and the music industry have both rewarded her — with 14 Gold Records, nine Platinum honors, three Double Platinum Records and two Triple Platinum awards to her name. The Country Music Association has named her its Female Vocalist of the Year four times. The Academy of Country Music has presented her with its Top Female honor three times, and she earned a Grammy for Amazing Grace in 1996.
She’s achieved this success while singing lyrics of substance and songs that challenge listeners. Martina has addressed female empowerment in “This One’s for the Girls,” child abuse in “Concrete Angel” and poverty in “God’s Will.” “Independence Day” gave her a platform to caution girls against domestic violence, and she became the issue’s national spokesperson. “A Broken Wing” also threw a spotlight on this social problem.
The video for “Cheap Whiskey” was a sobering message about drunk driving. She used the video for “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” to raise awareness about breast cancer. It co-starred 40 cancer survivors, including such celebrities as Robin Roberts, Sheryl Crow, Karie Couric and Hoda Kotb.
Martina McBride’s duet partners have included Jimmy Buffett (“Trip Around the Sun”), Dolly Parton (“I Still Miss Someone”), Bob Seger (“Chances Are”), Clint Black (“Still Holding On”), Jim Brickman (“Valentine”), and even the late Dean Martin (“Baby It’s Cold Outside”).
Martina is hard at work on a new album that will showcase her incomparable voice and peerless interpretive skills on a soulful set of iconic songs. Today, she stands widely acclaimed as one of the greatest voices of her generation. “Singing is what I was put here to do,” she says. “It’s a privilege to do what I do. It’s a privilege to touch people’s lives.”
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