Martina McBride has always been a goodwill ambassador in the country music world, but the ‘Marry Me’ singer admits a recent visit to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. reinforced her commitment to helping others through charitable efforts.

“It was amazing,” McBride recounts (quote via Big Machine Records). “We got to visit the labs where they do the research right there on-site, and we got to talk to a couple of the scientists who are -- you know -- so excited with the research that they’re doing and the things they’re finding and sharing with the world.”

Above all else, McBride is most humbled by the level of hospitality the facility demonstrates toward the young patients and their families. “They were saying with the food, for example, sometimes it’s hard to get the kids to eat when they’re having treatment because they don’t have an appetite, so they’re like, ‘If they want a chocolate milkshake at three in the morning, we’re all about it," she spills. "If grandma’s meatloaf is their favorite food, we call grandma and get the recipe and make it just like that.’”

When the superstar mother-of-three isn’t focused on her charitable efforts, McBride is on the road promoting her latest album ‘Eleven,’ which features the Top 5 hit, ‘I’m Gonna Love You Through It,’ as well as the singer’s current single, ‘Marry Me,’ with Train frontman Pat Monahan. Click here for tour dates and ticket information.

Click here to learn more about the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.