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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 Sings ‘Reckless’ at 2016 American Country Countdown Awards

Martina McBride performed "Reckless" at the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards.

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Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles and Cam Open the 2016 ACC Awards With Girl Power [WATCH]

Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles and Cam performed "This One's for the Girls" at the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards.

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Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles and Cam Teaming Up at 2016 ACC Awards

Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles and Cam will open the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards with a collaborative performance.

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Photo by Joseph Llanes, courtesy of Nash Icon
Photo by Joseph Llanes, courtesy of Nash Icon
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Interview: Martina McBride Returns to Her Roots With ‘Reckless’

Martina McBride talks to The Boot about her upcoming new album, 'Reckless'.

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20 Country Music Pictures to Make You Smile

A photo gallery of grin-inducing pictures of country music stars.

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Oh, How They’ve Changed! See Pictures of Your Favorite Country Artists Then and Now

A photo gallery of country artists then and now.

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Martina McBride and More Join 2016 American Country Countdown Awards Lineup

Additional country artists have been announced as performers at the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards.

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Album of the Month (April 2016): Martina McBride, ‘Reckless’

The Boot's readers have selected Martina McBride's "Reckless" as April 2016's Album of the Month.

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Top 6 Unforgettable Country Tour Pranks

A video recap of country music's most unforgettable tour pranks.

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Top 10 Hilarious Country Music Tour Antics

A list of the best tour pranks in country music.

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