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Martina McBride Information

Date of Birth: July 29, 1966

Location of Birth: Medicine Lodge, Kansas

Interesting Facts: Sold almost 10 million albums over the duration of her recording career. Her single “Independence Day” was voted number eight on CMT’s fan-voted list of the 100 Greatest Songs of Country Music.

Albums Released:
The Time Has Come (1992)
The Way That I Am (1993)
Wild Angels (1995)
Evolution (1997)
Emotion (1999)
White Christmas (1999)
Greatest Hits (2001)
Martina (2003)

Notable Singles:
A Broken Wing
Independence Day
Wild Angels
Safe In The Arms Of Love

Martina McBride, known best for her incredibly powerful vocals and songs speaking about issues like domestic violence and alcoholism, came into the limelight of country music late in the 90s and has gradually established herself as one of the top women in the business. She got into music through her father and played in numerous bands growing up in Kansas. In 1990, she and her husband John moved to Nashville where John worked as a soundman for acts like Charlie Daniels and Ricky Van Shelton. Martina signed with RCA in 1991 and landed a spot as the opening act for Garth Brooks’ tour. Her debut came out in 1992 with a follow-up in 1993 that got her name out to the public. She had her first of six number-one hits in 1996 and a double platinum album in 1997 that really made her famous. A 2001 Greatest Hits compilation went to number one on the country charts (her first album to reach that status) and cracked the top five in the pop charts. The compilation included four previously unreleased singles, three of which would crack the top ten when released as singles later on.

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