She rose to stardom in the late '90s, starting out with a more traditionalist approach and moving into pop-friendlier territory .
Between 1992 and the present, Martina has recorded a total of ten albums: seven studio albums, a Greatest Hits package, a compilation of covers, and an album of Christmas music. Of these ten albums, two are certified gold, and seven are certified platinum or higher. To date, she has also charted more than thirty singles on the U.S. country singles charts. Her biggest hit to date has been "I Love You", which spent five weeks at Number One in the autumn of 1999. In all, Martina has scored six Number One singles: five on the U.S. Billboard country charts, and one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts. In addition, Martina has won the Country Music Association's "Female Vocalist of the Year" four times (tied with Reba McEntire for the most wins), and the Academy of Country Music's "Top Female Vocalist" award three times.
According to those who know her songs and her voice, she has been called "Celine Dion of Country Music" on account of her soprano vocals Martina has sold over 16 million albums worldwide.
McBride began her singing career in the family band "The Schiffters", which played at local dances, in South-Central Kansas. She sang and played keyboard in the band, until she finished high school. After completing a semester of college, she left to join another band made up of family friends, and soon began to play music full-time with rock bands .
Her small-town upbringing was highlighted by her high school graduating class only having nine other students .
The McBrides have three daughters: Delaney Katharine (22 Dec 94), Emma Justine (29 Mar 98), and Ava Rose Kathleen (20 Jun 5) . While on tour her children go with her. She schedules her tour around their school schedule. She currently resides in Nashville with her family.
The first single (the title track) did reach the Country Top 40 and peaked at No. 23. In addition two more singles were released from the album between 1992 and 1993 that failed to gain much success for McBride.
The 1993 follow-up, The Way That I Am, was her commercial breakthrough, with the lead single "My Baby Loves Me" climbing up the country charts to the number two position . The album was more successful than her previous, spawning three more top 40 Country hits, including the follow-up, "Life #9" which reached the top 10 in 1994. She became even more visible in 1994 with the crossover success of her anti-domestic violence song "Independence Day", also from this album. Despite that the song only reached No. 12 on the Billboard Country charts in 1994, it remains today as one of her best-known songs. In 1994, the CMA Awards awarded McBride's "Independence Day" the Music Video of the Year award. McBride's 1995 follow-up, Wild Angels, gave her a second Top Five hit in "Safe in the Arms of Love," and its title track became her first-ever number one single.
McBride's follow-up singles to her No. 1 hit failed to gain big success, including "Swingin' Doors" and "Cry on the Shoulder of the Road", failing to reach Country's top 20 even, but peaking inside the top 40. However, despite this, the Wild Angels album was certified "Gold" by the RIAA, after achieving a sales of 611,000 copies.
She issued a Christmas album in late 1998 and returned with a follow-up album, Emotion, in 1999. Its lead single, "I Love You," hit number one country and also crossed over to adult contemporary radio, and the follow-ups "Love's the Only House," "There You Are," and "It's My Time" were successful as well (the first two also reached the Top Ten) . The other single from the album, "There You Are" reached the top 15 on the Adult Contemporary charts, while also reaching No. 10 on the Country charts. Emotion and her Christmas album (White Christmas) were both certified "Platinum" by the RIAA. "I Love You" is on the Runaway Bride soundtrack.
In 1999, she won the CMA Awards' "Female Vocalist of the Year", award. McBride is a four-time Country Music Association's "Female Vocalist of the Year" winner (a record she holds with Reba McEntire), a three-time Academy of Country Music "Top Female Vocalist" winner, and a Grammy Award nominee. She performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Game 3 of the 2004 World Series.
In 2001, McBride released her first "Greatest Hits" album. 2001's Greatest Hits compilation was the first McBride album to top the country charts, and sold well and the pop Top Five as well. It contained four new tracks, all of which were eventually released as singles; "Blessed" hit number one, and "When God-Fearin' Women Get the Blues" and "Where Would You Be" both reached the Top Ten. McBride's "Blessed" from her Greatest Hits album was also a top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 31. "Concrete Angel" was the last single released from the album, and reached No. 5 on the Billboard Country charts and No. 47 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 2003, McBride released her album, Martina. The first two singles, ("This One's for the Girls" and "In My Daughter's Eyes") were Country hits, and also both peaked inside the Adult Contemporary top 10. "This One's for the Girls" reached No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary charts and is her only No. 1 there. Martina was certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA. McBride gained additional visibility during the 2005 season of American Idol, as eventual winner Carrie Underwood declared McBride to be her favorite singer, performing several of her hits in the competition. She was also ranked at No. 25 on CMT's 40 Greatest Women of Country Music special in 2002.
Timeless is currently McBride's highest-charting album on the Billboard 200, reaching No. 3, while it also peaked at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart that same year. Timeless was certified "Platinum" by the RIAA, becoming McBride's fourth album to be certified Platinum.
On August 21, 2006, she appeared as a guest coach on Canadian Idol, and announced on its finale of September 17 that the season winner, which turned out to be Eva Avila, would be invited to join her on her Canadian tour in the spring of 2007. This caused some spark from fans of runner-up Craig Sharpe and previous idol winner Melissa O'Neil due to Sharpe saying in an interview that he'd love to work with McBride again, and O'Neil openly admitting that McBride is her idol.
McBride began her Waking Up Laughing Tour on April 12, 2007 in Kansas City and played 50 dates through August. Special guests,Rodney Atkins and Little Big Town joined her on the tour. Also, for three dates, Diamond Rio also joined McBride. Since the album's debut, two songs following "Anyway" have charted the Country charts, "How I Feel" (which reached No. 15), and "For These Times" (which reached No. 35).
In July 2007, The ABC Television Network announced a new show called Six Degrees of Martina McBride where individuals from around the country were challenged to find their way to Martina McBride on their own connections and research using a maximum of six methods. Hence, six degrees of separation. The "winner" of this challenge eventually located a direct connection to Martina through her husband John McBride who knew someone, who knew someone else .
Capitol/EMI's "Forever Cool" featured McBride with artists including Kevin Spacey, Joss Stone and Shelby Lynne in duets with the voice of the late Dean Martin. The McBride and Martin version of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" was also released as a single.
In January 2008, through her fan club, McBride announced plans to release a live CD/DVD from her upcoming PBS concert special which was taped in September 2007 in Moline, Illinois. A CD/DVD set entitled Martina McBride: Live In Concert was released on April 29, 2008. The track listing for the collection was confirmed as 8 tracks on the CD, and 20 live performances on the DVD.
Martina McBride recently wrapped production of her tenth studio album. The first single, a song called "Ride," will be released to radio in late 2008, with an album set for release in March 2009.
Recently, McBride explained that educating girls and women on domestic violence is something she works on at home with her own daughters, stating that:
|1994||Country Music Association Awards||Music Video of the Year for "Independence Day"|
|1995||TNN/Music City News||Music Video of the Year for "Independence Day"|
|1999||Country Music Association Awards||Female Vocalist of the Year|
|2002||CMT Music Video Music Flameworthy Awards||Female Video of the Year|
|2001||Academy of Country Music Awards||Top Female Vocalist|
|2002||Academy of Country Music Awards||Top Female Vocalist|
|2002||Country Music Association Awards||Female Vocalist of the Year|
|2003||CMT Flameworthy Music Video Awards||Female Video of the Year|
|2003||Academy of Country Music Awards||Top Female Vocalist|
|2003||Country Music Association Awards||Female Vocalist of the Year|
|2003||American Music Awards||Favorite Female Country Artist|
|2004||Country Music Association Awards||Female Vocalist of the Year|