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Martina McBride

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Martina McBride (born Martina Mariea Schiff, July 29, 1966 in Medicine Lodge, Kansas), is a very successful American country music singer.

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Early life

Martina Schiff grew up on a dairy farm outside of Sharon, Kansas. As a child she played with her parents' band The Schiffters. She was married May 15, 1988 to sound engineer John McBride. She and her husband then moved to Nashville where they both took jobs touring with Garth Brooks (Martina sold T-shirts). Eventually she got a recording contract with RCA Records.

Career success

Martina McBride released her honky tonk-flavored debut album The Time Has Come in 1992. Her first big hit was the single "My Baby Loves Me" from her more pop-oriented second album, 1993's The Way That I Am. She became even more visible in 1994 with the crossover success of her anti-domestic violence anthem "Independence Day", also from this album.

In 1995 McBride released the album Wild Angels; "Safe in the Arms of Love" and the title track were country hits. Her 1997 album Evolution sold over two million units, and included an adult contemporary crossover hit in "Valentine" as well as four number one or number two country hits. The album Emotion came out in 1999; "I Love You" was a bit hit in both country and adult contemporary circles. So was the socially conscious "Love's the Only House", a trend that would continue with 2003's "This One's for the Girls", which would become the theme song for the 2005 NCAA Women's Basketball championship tournament. [1] (http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/sports/11299342.htm) This was followed by the hit singles "How Far" (written by fellow country singer Jamie O'Neal) and "God's Will".

As of 2005 McBride is generally recognized as one of the top female singers in popular music; with her strong and pure soprano voice she has been labelled "the CÚline Dion of country music."

She is a four time Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year winner, three time Academy of Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year winner and a Grammy Award winner. She performed The Star-Spangled Banner at Game 3 of the 2004 World Series. She is also left-handed.

"Independence Day" is used as the introductory music for Sean Hannity's popular talk radio show. McBride has appeared at benefit events organized by Hannity, but has declined to take an active political stance. [2] (http://www.tennessean.com/local/archives/04/08/55927708.shtml)

Relatives

The McBrides have three daughters:

  • Delaney Katharine, born December 22, 1994
  • Emma Justine, born March 29, 1998
  • Ava Rose Kathleen, born June 20, 2005

Delaney, Emma and Ava have a grandmother named Jennifer McBride.

Albums

  • Martina (2003)
  • White Christmas (Reissue with two bonus tracks, 1999)
  • Emotion (1999)
  • White Christmas (1998)
  • Evolution (1997)
  • Wild Angels (1995)
  • The Way That I Am (1993)
  • The Time Has Come (1992)

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