Martina McBride was in Panama City Beach, Fla., Thursday night (April 12), for the first of several intimate theater performances giving the multi-platinum selling superstar -- who's just as at home on the arena stage -- the chance to engage more closely with fans.

"I believe the concert experience is about sharing," says the singer. "It's not just an artist up on stage singing songs for an audience. There has to be a connection for it to work ... for both of us. In an arena, I always feel like my mission is to keep people up on their feet all night. It's go, go, go! These theater shows are going to be more about making memories with my fans by giving them a special, intimate performance I hope they never forget."

In addition to favorite songs from each of her eleven studio albums, fans will be treated to the tales behind songs on the powerhouse performer's latest disc, Eleven, including "Marry Me," the romantic duet with Train's Pat Monahan.

Martina McBride tour dates:

April 13, St. Augustine, Fla., St. Augustine Amphitheater

April 14, Durham, N.C., Durham Performing Arts Center

April 28, Ivins, Utah, Tuacahn Center for the Arts

May 12, Clear Lake, Iowa, Surf Ballroom

May 13, Wabash, Ind., Honeywell Center

May 17, Austin, Texas, Austin City Limits Live

May 18, Houston, Texas, Arena Theatre

June 13, Vienna, Va., Wolf Trap Filene Center

June 14, Kettering, Ohio, Fraze Pavilion

June 22, Interlochen, Mich., Kresge Auditorium

August 24, Wallingford, Conn., Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre

August 25, Hyannis, Mass., Cape Cod Melody Tent

August 26, Cohasset, Mass., South Shore Music Circus

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Martina McBride Eleven - Interview