Martina McBride Biography, Life, Interesting Facts
Childhood And Early Life
American country music singer Martina McBride was born on the 29 July 1966 in Sharon, Kansas. Her father played in a band, The Schiffers. Martina later joined the band, singing and playing the keyboard. They did gigs around Sharon, and McBride gained confidence as a performer at a young age. Her parents are Daryl and Jeanne Schiff. The family lived on a farm and Martina has three siblings. Brothers Martin and Steve and a sister Gina. Both brothers are musicians.
Rise To Stardom
In 1987, Martina McBride was playing in a band Lotus when she met studio engineer John McBride. They married in 1988 and moved to Nashville in 1989. In Nashville, John McBride worked as a sound engineer. McBride did various jobs while trying to break into the music scene in Nashville. Her husband started working for Garth Brooks who heard McBride and gave her an opportunity to open at one of his concerts. Her husband helped her prepare a demo which they sent to RAC. As a result, McBride was offered a recording contract. In 1992, she released her first album The Time Has Come. She follows up album The Way That I am was a hit and My Baby Loves Me made it to number two on the music charts.
Her career in country music was assured in 1994 when her track Independence Day won the Country Music Association video of the year. Martina McBride went on to record Wild Angels which was released in 1995 and Evolution in 1997. Evolution was a top ten hit and became a double-platinum record. Other albums include White Christmas (1998), Emotion (1999), Martina (2003) and Timeless (2005), Waking Up Laughing (2007), Shine (2009), Eleven (2011), Everlasting (2014) and Reckless (2016).
In 2010, Martina McBride left RAC and was contracted to Nashville Records.
Awards And Achievements
In 1999 Martina McBride won the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year award. She won the award a second time in 2002. In 2003, the Academy of Country Music presented her with the 2003 Top Female Vocalist award. She has won over 17 Female Vocalist award nominations from the Country Music Association.
Martina McBride and John McBride have three children: Delaney (b.1994), Emma (b.1998) and Ava Rose (2005).
Philanthropic Works / Humanitarian Work
Charities that Martina McBride has supported include: the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, Hero in Heels, Keep Memory Alive, Kids Wish Network, Kiss For A Cause Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Musicians on Call, Network to End Domestic Violence, the Special Olympics and Operation Homefront.