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Martina McBride

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We might never have heard one of country music’s most powerful voices if not for Garth Brooks. Martina McBride worked for Brooks selling souvenirs at his shows during her early days in Nashville, while her husband, John, worked sound at his gigs. Brooks was so impressed with her work ethic that he offered her a slot as his opening act if she could land a recording contract, which she took him up on after the release of her debut album, ‘The Time Has Come,’ in 1992. That album featured strong country influences, but struggled to make a dent in the marketplace. McBride’s second album, ‘The Way That I Am,’ turned her more in a country-pop direction that would become her signature, and scored hits with the title song, “Life No. 9″ and “Independence Day,” which earned CMA Video and Song of the Year honors. McBride has gone on to a string of successful singles that highlight her unique penchant for choosing songs with a big message, including “A Broken Wing,” “Love’s the Only House,” “Blessed,” “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” and “Concrete Angel.” Her powerful voice has earned her CMA Female Vocalist of the Year honors four times, and the ACM Top Female Vocalist trophy three times. McBride is also very active in charity work, especially with a focus on domestic violence awareness and prevention.

  • Birth Name: Martina Mariea Schiff
  • Top Songs: "Independence Day," "A Broken Wing," "Wild Angels"
  • Did You Know? McBride and her husband, John, own Blackbird Studio, one of the most sought-after studios in Nashville.
  • Further Reading: Top 10 Martina McBride Songs
 
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Martina McBride Hosts Baby Shower for Homeless Young Women

Martina McBride, along with her charitable initiative Team Music Is Love, recently carried out an extra special day for some New York City mothers and mothers-to-be.

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Martina McBride Brings Girl Power to New York City [Pictures]

Martina McBride fronted the lineup for CMT’s Next Women of Country Tour, with special guests Lauren Alaina, Post Monroe and Maggie Rose. The tour made a stop in the heart of New York City’s Times Square, and McBride led a fully girl-powered show just in time for Women’s Day, with Taste of Country on hand to capture some exclusive concert pictures.

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Martina McBride’s Father in Law Dies at 85

Martina McBride and her family have suffered a terrible personal loss. The singer's father-in-law, John Douglas McBride, has passed away.

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Martina McBride Partners With DAV to Assist Veterans

Martina McBride joined forces this holiday season with DAV (Disabled American Veterans), a nonprofit group that provides a lifetime of support for our nation’s veterans, to raise awareness for veterans who are returning to civilian life.

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Martina McBride Extends Unleashed Tour With Dates in 2017

If you missed Martina McBride on her Love Unleashed Tour in 2016, don't worry. The country icon and CMT's Next Women of Country will continue the run into 2017.

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Billy Gilman Amazes ‘The Voice’ Coaches With Cover of ‘Anyway’ by Martina McBride

Billy Gilman once again showcased his powerful pipes Monday night (Nov. 28) on The Voice.

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Martina McBride + More Band Against Cancer in Denver [Pictures]

Martina McBride's Band Against Cancer Tour made a stop in Denver on Oct. 8. The powerhouse vocalist brought Thompson Square and Cassadee Pope along for a night full of good music for a great cause.

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Martina McBride Says Country’s Turning Back to Honest Songwriting

Martina McBride has been around the block in country music, watching the trends ebb and flow, and she agrees with other artists that songwriting in country music has fallen into a predictable pattern over the last few years. But she thinks it’s coming back toward the honest songwriting she believes in.

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Martina McBride Wraps Band Against Cancer Tour in Nashville

While any night at the Grand Ole Opry is special, Wednesday (Oct. 26) was a particularly special show, as the Band Against Cancer: The Sarah Cannon Tour made its final stop at the historic venue. Martina McBride is at the helm of the tour, raising money for cancer research organizations including Sarah Cannon Fund at Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Be the Match.

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Martina McBride’s Charity Feeds Three Hundred in Need

Martina McBride is passionate about making her career about more than just herself.

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