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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Martina McBride

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Martina McBride‘s catalog of hits is well-known, but a few facts about the singer may come as a surprise to even her biggest fans. In recent years, McBride has become one of the most accessible artists via Twitter, but she still holds back a few details of her private life. We promise not to embarrass anyone, but Taste of Country has dug up 10 things you might not know about the ‘Concrete Angel’ singer.


She has a favorite Martina McBride song, too.


During an interview with Babble, McBride admitted that 'A Broken Wing' is her favorite song to perform live each night. "The important thing for me, though, is that the crowd really loves it," she says. "I can feel the connection. The fact that I'm singing what they came to hear or that the song means something to them makes it more special."


She can relate to Bieber Fever.


McBride understands when her daughters, particularly middle daughter Emma, go crazy for Justin Bieber. When she was their age, she had an idol, too. "I was really into Linda Ronstadt and Pat Benatar" McBride tells the Boot. "I think that if I would have met them when I was 18 or 15, I was so enamored with them that I would have freaked out." Emma actually got to meet Bieber, and McBride shares that her daughter was reduced to tears.


She was Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s good luck charm.


McBride tells Sporting News that she sang the national anthem at Talladega in 2000, and the racing legend approached her for an autograph. Earnhardt admitted to reporters after winning the race that he kept the autograph in his car during the race, adding that she was good luck.


She preaches tolerance at home.


In a controversial interview with Out -- a magazine aimed at the gay community -- McBride shares that tolerance is taught at home. "I have three daughters, and that's what I teach them," she says. "I think we should all be tolerant of each other and embrace each others' strengths and differences and uniqueness and beauty." The interview didn't go over well with her more conservative fans, but many praised her for her message.


It's red wine, not white for McBride.


McBride prefers Cabernet to Chardonnay, although she admits she'll sip white wine if she's taking the edge off during the daytime. In 2009, the singer partnered with Napa Valley's Blackbird Vineyards to make a signature series that coincided with the release of her album 'Shine.' Fans who bought the $60 bottle also got a stamp of her personal signature.


Her career is a family affair.


If you managed to get past security to tap the sound board engineer on the shoulder during many Martina McBride concerts, you'd be face to face with her husband, John. Also, McBride's two brothers Martin and Steve play in her band, and her three daughters are frequently on the road with her. The singers says the girls aren't interested in a career in music yet.


She is a Lauren Alaina fan.


It probably didn't hurt that the 'American Idol' singer chose McBride's hit 'Anyway' to perform during the 2011 season's competition. The two teamed up during the CMA Music Festival, and she helped the country newbie get past some of the nerves of performing to a sold-out stadium crowd.


She curses like a sailor.


During a 2009 appearance on 'Chelsea Lately,' the mother of three admitted without hesitation that she isn't afraid to let the naughty words fly if she's feeling it. During her interview she dropped four or five words that get bleeped out, and never as much as flinched as they rolled from her tongue. Fortunately, none have slipped into her music, and she's able to censor herself during radio interviews.


She has a superstition ... about her superstition.


McBride tells Chelsea Handler that she does have one superstition: Whenever she loses something, there's something she does to find it. However, if she said aloud what she did, it wouldn't work any longer. So we'll never know. That little tease.


She owns one of the best recording studios in Nashville with her husband.


Blackbird Studios have recorded songs and albums for dozens of country, pop and rock stars like McBride, Pearl Jam, Bob Seger, Brad Paisley, Bruce Springsteen and ... well, there isn't enough room to even begin listing the famous faces who've called upon the McBrides for their new projects. If she's inspired at 2AM, McBride can just stroll down to her studio and record some vocals for free.


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