About Martina McBride
Early Signs of Talent
Martina McBride was born in 1966 as Martina Mariea Schiff in Sharon, Kansas. She started singing at age 8 in her father’s band, called The Schiffters, but soon took on a bigger role. It was in 1990 that country icon Garth Brooks, impressed with McBride’s spirit, asked her to open for him, and her career took off. Her debut album, named The Time Has Come, recorded in 1992, was a fusion of traditional country, with honky-tonk and folk influences. With the release of her second album, known as The Way That I Am, she began a succession of country and pop hits, including ‘Independence Day’ and ‘My Baby Loves Me’ from that album, then several from her albums Wild Angels in 1995, Evolution in 1997 and Emotion. During the recent years, McBride’s music has crossed over into pop territory, and several cuts from her Greatest Hits album in 2001 have made it onto Billboard pop charts in addition to country charts.
Sometimes referred to as the ‘Celine Dion of country music,’ Martina McBride performs with a big, strong voice that rests in alto but frequently stretches to soprano. A country singer’ songs reflect a traditional style, with conventional instrumentation, like the slide guitar, from the days of country classic stars Patsy Cline and Connie Smith. McBride’s songs often tell stories, and she sings with a robust, heart-felt delivery, the way country ought to be sung. Martina McBride tickets guarantee a night of pure, solid country music performed by one of the best and most prominent female vocalists on the tour circuit.
Martina McBride still ‘Waking Up Laughing’
Martina McBride’s career path, especially in recent years, has followed the same cycle as country music – traditionalism yielding to pop in fits and spurts, but always coming back to those who still firmly embrace that middle-of-the-road sound.
McBride’s signature soaring vocals –those of the healthy, big-tent variety – have soldiered on through the comings and goings of the young pop-crossover princess. Her albums – ‘Eleven’ of them, now – have proven their continued artistic and commercial life. And Nashville’s format remains fueled by a grizzled mix of veterans and superstar newcomers, with McBride still at the forefront of those writing and performing songs that connect with everyday folks.
The best example of that connection was found in the 2005 release of “Timeless,” an album which consisted of country standards like Hank Williams’ “You Win Again,” ” Loretta Lynn’s,” “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” and Kris Kristofferson’s “Help Me Make It Through the Night.” It marked the highest sales beginning for a Martina’s album, with the lead single, “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden”, climbing inside the Top 20 on the country charts.
McBride’s “Waking Up Laughing” and “Shine” were the last deployed by RCA records (in 2007 and 2009, respectively) before she signed with Republic Nashville. What followed was the critical and commercial hit known as “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” which became part of a national campaign to promote breast cancer survivors.
In 2012, McBride’s 16-city tour proved to the be the main highlight of the season to her numerous fans. They packed stop after stop, and were treated to staples like “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Let It Snow,” and her can’t-miss version of “O Holy Night.” Guests also included the likes of former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, Green Bay Packer Jordy Nelson, hockey great Jim Dowd and many others.
Martina McBride is ready to help fans spread the joy of the Christmas season – again.
McBride recently announced she will deck the hall (and her stage) during what has become her yearly Joy of Christmas Tour. The 2013 version is a 12-night trek that begins November 29 in Huntington, West Virginia and wraps December 21 in Chicago, Illinois. It includes a December 4 show at the Ryman Auditorium, and all stops will feature McBride and her 12-piece band.
Beyond her Christmas tour, McBride was also working in her studio on a new album that was likely to drop in early 2014. Though details of the project are scarce, she told CBS News “It’s gonna be awesome,” and has also used words like ‘unique and special’ when talking about it. The disc comes on the heels of the most recent album named “Eleven,” from back in 2011. It contained “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” which became a real anthem for breast cancer survivors around the world, and has inspired the musician to take part in the program known as Save Lids to Save Lives for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Currently spreading holiday cheer on her “The Joy of Christmas” tour, Martina will join forces with country stalwart George Strait in 2013. The tour named “Cowboy Rides Away” will be the last for Strait, a true icon with career achievements that include 59 hits number one and over 65 million sold albums. The tour was set for 2013 – 2014 and included stops across the United States.