Martina McBride works the U.S. tour trail
... Country songstress Martina McBride
has plans for a sporadic summer tour of the U.S., kicking off about six months after the release of her double-disc best-of collection. McBride, who is slated to sing the National Anthem at the Kentucky Derby May 4, will begin the outing with a May 18 performance in Battle Creek, MI, and crisscross the nation for 17 more shows. The itinerary currently wraps up Oct. 26 in Robinsonville, MS. "The Essential Martina McBride
," featuring 40 of her biggest hits, surfaced in October via RCA Nashville. Her most recent studio effort, "Eleven," hit retailers Oct. 11, 2011. That 11-track collection peaked at No. 10 on The Billboard 200 and at No. 4 on the magazine's Top Country Albums chart. Martina McBride
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Martina McBride to Celebrate Cancer Survivors at the Grand Ole Opry
... Ethan Miller, Getty Images Country star Martina McBride
has partnered with the Women's Survivors Alliance for a special concert to celebrate women who have survived cancer. The performance will take place at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Wednesday, Aug. 24. McBride has a longstanding penchant for recording songs with big messages, and her hit 'I'm Gonna Love You Through It' was an empowering anthem for women battling cancer, their families and other caregivers. She sang the song in a special performance at last year's Opry Goes Pink show, brought on stage by 'Good Morning America' host and cancer survivor Robin Roberts. The performance in August is part of the three-day National Women's Survivors Convention, which takes place at Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Resort from Aug. 22-24. The convention will also feature film screenings, a pajama party, and guest speakers including GAC TV host Nan Kelley and Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton, both of whom are cancer survivors.Next: See How Martina McBride
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OFFSTAGE: Martina McBride Looks Strait Ahead
... (CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that's happening with country music artists behind the scenes andout of the spotlight.) When Martina McBride
was in Chicago to close out her Joy of Christmas tour, we caught upon her bus before the show. While she reflected on everything she loved about 2012, she told me she is very ready for whatthe new year will bring. Specifically, George Strait. McBride is joining Strait for his Cowboy Rides Away tour, whichkicks off on Jan. 18 in Texas. "What I look forward to the most when I tour with George is just watching his show everynight. It's such a treat for me," she said. "I do my show, then chill on my bus for a little bit, then I go back out and watch." She said Strait has an open door policy and always makes it feel like they are one big family out on the road. Andthey share so many of the same fans. "There's just a history there. I think my fans and his fans have really kindof grown up with us," McBride told me. "Hell, I grew up with George Strait." OFFSTAGE: Martina McBride
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Martina McBride (July 29, 1966)
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Martina McBride was born Martina Schiff in Sharon, Kansas in 1966. Her parents exposed her to Country music at a young age and before she was out of grade school, she was singing with her father's band, The Schiffters. After singing with a Kansas rock band, she formed her own band in 1988 and met her future husband, studio engineer John McBride, during her search for recording space.
Martina caught the eye of superstar Garth Brooks in 1990. She occasionally joined her husband, who worked the soundboard on Brooks' tour, and helped out by selling T-shirts. She impressed Brooks with her work ethic and, despite never hearing her sing, he promised her a spot as an opening act if she ever got a recording contract. She signed with RCA Records in 1991 and Brooks kept his word. McBride released her first album, "The Time Has Come," the following year.
McBride's single "Independence Day
" was initially shunned by Country music because of the subject matter. The song tells about an escape from domestic violence from the point-of-view of an 8 year-old child. It not only became McBride's breakout hit, it was launched McBride's efforts as a spokesperson for victims of domestic violence. Because of the title and the lyrics of the chorus, such as "let freedom ring," the song is frequently misinterpreted as a patriotic anthem.
After several nominations, McBride won her first major award in 1999 when she was chosen the Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year, on the heels of her fifth studio album, Emotion. Since then, McBride's Pop-inflected style has helped her become one of the most popular singers in Country music. From 2000 through 2011, Nielsen-BDS and Mediabase reported that McBride was country radio's most frequently played female artist.
In 2011, McBride released her first album after ending her contract with RCA Records expired. The Big Machine Label Group issued Eleven, which features a song that McBride equates to "Independence Day." "I'm Going to Love You Through It" is a song for caregivers of cancer victims. In October 2011, she was chosen to light the pink lights on the Empire State Building in support of Cancer Awareness Month.