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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 Says Being on Nash Icon Is ‘Like the Old Days’

Martina McBride released her latest album, Everlasting, last spring, but after signing a new record deal with Nash Icon in December, the singer is already working on new music. McBride says that the energy at her new label has made her feel like she's returning to the "good old days" of working in country music, with more collaboration and positivity than is typically found at labels today.

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Sara Evans and Martina McBride Cover ‘Jolene’ [WATCH]

Martina McBride and Sara Evans joined forces recently to cover a country classic for the TV series Front and Center.

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Top 10 2015 ACM Awards Moments

The 2015 ACM Awards were hopping, with performances, acceptance speeches and appearances from some of the biggest and brightest stars in country music.

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Martina McBride Turns Back the Clock for ‘Independence Day’ Performance at 2015 ACM Awards [WATCH]

Three-time Female Vocalist of the Year Martina McBride reached back into the past at the 2015 ACM Awards with an inspired performance of one of her earliest hits, "Independence Day," the 1994 track that dealt with domestic abuse.

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Martina McBride on ACM Awards: ‘The Pace of It Has Changed’

Martina McBride has been involved with the ACM Awards since she was nominated for New Female Vocalist of the Year in 1993. This year, she's up for Female Vocalist of the Year and despite the fact that she's still being nominated today, she says the show has changed a lot in the past 22 years.

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Top 10 Hilarious Country Music Tour Antics

Who is the king of pranks in country music? Everyone knows it's Brad Paisley. And although he has also been the victim of several jokes on his tours, Paisley dishes it out even better than he takes it. Many an artist has been on the receiving end of a Paisley prank -- in fact, we could probably fill an entire Top 10 list with only his hilarious antics -- but there are lots of other practical jokes worth writing about, too.

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POLL: Who Should Win Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2015 ACM Awards?

Sure, there's definitely a lack of women in country music. But the females who are making it are certainly a talented bunch, making selecting this year's Female Vocalist of the Year winner at the ACM Awards a very tough call.

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Martina McBride Salutes Military Members With Valentine’s Day Concert

Talk about a Valentine's Day to remember. Martina McBride performed a free concert for more than 1,000 military personnel and their families in Galveston, Texas, on Feb. 14.

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Martina McBride Adds Even More Dates to Everlasting Tour

Martina McBride is having so much fun on her Everlasting Tour, she's added even more dates to the stint, extending her trek through the spring and summer of 2015.

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Top 10 Martina McBride Songs

Martina McBride has seen great success in her career. Since signing with RCA Nashville in 1991 and making her country music debut with 'The Time Has Come' in 1992, McBride has recorded 12 albums, been nominated for 14 Grammys (not to mention countless other awards) and sold over 14 million records.

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