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Martina McBride

Martina McBride

Martina McBride can thank her husband and Garth Brooks — not to mention her powerful voice — for her status as one of the most successful acts in country music. Born and raised in Sharon, Kan., McBride performed with her father’s local band, the Schiffters (McBride’s maiden name is Schiff), as a child, before forming her own local group. The new ensemble rented studio space from her future husband, studio engineer John McBride; the couple married in 1988 and moved to Nashville soon after. When her husband joined Garth Brooks’ tour crew, McBride often accompanied him on the road, even selling t-shirts for a time. Brooks promised McBride that if she got a record deal, she could open for him — and he kept his word: McBride signed with RCA Nashville in 1991 and toured with Brooks in the early ’90s. The songstress released her debut album, ‘The Time Has Come’, in 1992, but it wasn’t until her third album, 1995’s ‘Wild Angels’, that McBride earned her first No. 1, with the disc’s title track. Her songs “Independence Day” and “A Broken Wing” have become rallying cries for victims of domestic violence, a cause for which McBride is a tireless advocate. In 2014, McBride authored a cookbook, ‘Around the Table: Recipes and Inspiration for Gatherings Throughout the Year'; released a record of R&B and soul covers, ‘Everlasting'; and signed to the Nash Icon label.

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Martina McBride Reveals New Cancer-Fighting Partnership, Accompanying Tour

Martina McBride is teaming up with Sarah Cannon for a new partnership, Band Against Cancer, and tour.

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Martina McBride Premieres Brand-New Single in Concert [WATCH]

Martina McBride premiered a brand-new single, "Reckless," during a recent concert.

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

Eighteen 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.

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Top 10 Country Christmas Songs

The most wonderful time of the year is here, and the hustle and bustle of shopping, parties and tree-trimming is probably keeping you busy. But you can't have the holidays without music!

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10 Must-Own Country Christmas Albums

Country music and Christmas songs have been walking together hand in hand through the drifting snow for decades.

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Watch Martina McBride Sing ‘White Christmas’, ‘What Child Is This?’ at the 2015 CMA Country Christmas

Martina McBride took the stage twice during Thursday night's (Dec. 3) CMA Country Christmas TV special, thrilling the crowd both times with her powerhouse vocals.

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20 Years Ago: Martina McBride Joins the Grand Ole Opry

Twenty years ago today, on Nov. 30, 1995, Martina McBride became an official member of the Grand Ole Opry.

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Top 10 Country Thanksgiving Songs

We all have plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

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Watch Don Henley and Martina McBride Duet on ‘Austin City Limits’ [Exclusive Premiere]

Don Henley's episode of Austin City Limits premieres on Saturday (Oct. 24), but The Boot's readers are getting an exclusive preview of the episode -- specifically, of Henley's performance of "That Old Flame" with Martina McBride.

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Watch Reba McEntire and Martina McBride Perform ‘Does He Love You?’ in Nashville

Martina McBride and Kelly Clarkson's Rock the Room Tour, to benefit Musicians on Call, kicked off in Nashville at City Winery on Wednesday night (Oct. 21). One of the night's biggest highlights was a duet between McBride and Reba McEntire; the two performed one of the redhead's most popular songs, "Does He Love You?"

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