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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.

  • Birthday: July 29, 1966
  • Did You Know ...: McBride says she appreciates awards and nominations more as she gets further into her career.
  • Required Reading: Top 10 Martina McBride Songs
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Martina McBride’s Fourth of July Performance in Nashville to Be Streamed Online

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Martina McBride Receives Beacon of Hope Award for Youth Advocacy

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Martina McBride Brings Awareness to #SaladGate With ‘Tomato’ T-Shirts

This one's for the girls ... er, the tomatoes. Martina McBride isn't just speaking out about the "country's female singers are like tomatoes" controversy (aka #SaladGate); she's acting on it, benefiting her Team Martina charity with witty T-shirts.

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Martina McBride on Radio Consultant’s Comments: ‘I Just Think It’s Dismissive’

Though she didn't intend to become the spokesperson against music industry consultant Keith Hill's sexist comments about women on country radio, Martina McBride was one of the first to voice her disapproval, and now, she's elaborating more on the subject in her ever-graceful, classy and concise way.

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Martina McBride Passionately Blasts Radio Consultant’s Remarks About Women in Country

For quite some time, there have been discussions regarding the lack of women making it big on country radio, despite the fact there are plenty of talented, quality female artists in country music. Recently, a music industry consultant made some fairly sexist comments regarding the topic -- and one of the genre's biggest stars, Martina McBride, responded with her opinion on the matter.

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Top 10 Cover Songs in Country Music

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