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17 Years Ago: Martina McBride Hits No. 1 With ‘A Broken Wing’

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Seventeen years ago today (Jan. 10, 1998), Martina McBride soared to No. 1 with the single ‘A Broken Wing,’ from her multi-platinum-selling album ‘Evolution.’

The song, which was her second No. 1 hit, is an honest look at an emotionally abusive relationship. McBride’s powerful delivery of the thought-provoking tune earned her several award nominations, including a CMA nod for Single of the Year. And her flawless rendition of the soaring melody undoubtedly helped her win a CMA trophy for Female Vocalist of the Year one year later, in 1999.

This tune was not the Kansas native’s first foray into the sensitive topic of domestic abuse. She also released ‘Independence Day,’ from her sophomore album ‘The Way That I Am.’ McBride has become a tireless advocate for victims of domestic violence, thanks in part to the response she receives when she performs these hits.

“At our shows, we put up messages on our big screens before the show,” the Grand Ole Opry member explains. “Just anything we can do to get the word out. One way we can try to stop domestic violence is by breaking the cycle, and the most important way we can do that is by getting the word out … we can stop teen dating violence.”

McBride is a spokesperson for both the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

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