Country music icon, Martina McBride has forged a thriving career marked by numerous milestones including May 12th as she celebrates the 25th anniversary of her debut album, The Time Has Come. Fans around the world can join in on the celebration over the Memorial Day weekend (May 26-28) with special programming on SiriusXM, CMT, and Spotify.
After moving to Nashville on New Year’s Day 1990, McBride waited tables, sang demos, and made a self-produced demo tape that eventually landed her a deal with RCA Nashville. She was introduced to the country music world in 1992 with her debut album, The Time Has Come. This album garnered three singles and landed her the opening spot on the Garth Brooks tour that same year.
It was McBride’s sophomore album, The Way That I Am, that saw the Kansas native hit her stride with monster hits like “My Baby Loves Me,” “Life #9” and “Independence Day.” The video for “Independence Day,” depicting the effects of domestic abuse, became one of country music and her most iconic videos, landing at the #2 spot on CMT’s 100 Greatest Videos in Country Music, winning the 1994 CMA Video Of The Year, and propelling McBride into the conversation about domestic violence. She has spoken to young women at high schools about warning signs of an abusive relationship, and has been the spokesperson for both the National Network to End Domestic Violence and the Love Is Respect campaign.
Throughout her career, McBride has lent her voice to several humanitarian efforts focusing mostly on helping women and children. She formed the organization Team Music Is Love, a global charity initiative dedicated to making the world better through the power of music. Through TMIL she and her fans have built a music program for recovering and homeless young girls at Covenant House in Guatemala, raised money for a breast cancer research grant, as well as sponsoring and volunteering at several shelters and food kitchens in cities where she performs thus providing a way for TMIL and the fans to give back to local communities.
“To think I have been doing what I love for 25 years and still get to do it is more than I dreamed and a great testament to my fans.”
McBride’s catalog of music has become an anthemic playlist to fans around the world. Her passion for songs that evoke emotion, her love for her family as a mom to three daughters, and her authenticity have made her a role model for women all over the world. Her albums, including The Way That I Am, Wild Angels, Evolution, Emotion, Martina, Timeless, Waking Up Laughing, Shine, Everlasting and Reckless have inspired a whole new generation of young artists. In addition, her White Christmas has become an annual holiday classic.
Continuing to inspire audiences and artists alike with her powerful vocals, Martina has amassed a string of hits throughout her career, including “Wild Angels,” “Happy Girl,” “I Love You,” “Love’s The Only House,” “Where Would You Be,” and “Anyway” to name a few.
With twelve studio albums under her belt, country’s leading lady has sold over 18 million albums worldwide, forging a career that most could only hope for. The “Blessed” singer has garnered five Country Music Association Awards— including four Female Vocalist of the Year wins, four Academy of Country Music Awards, an American Music Award for Favorite Country Female Artist and 14 Grammy Award nominations. She’s had crossover success with “This One’s For The Girls” and “In My Daughter’s Eyes” and recorded duets with Bob Seger, Don Henley, Jimmy Buffet, and most recently, John Mellencamp.
“Most artists hope for a good solid ten years in this business,” says McBride. “To think I have been doing what I love for 25 years and still get to do it is more than I dreamed and a great testament to my fans. They are what has enabled me to be around this long and I’m very grateful.”
To kick off the next quarter century, McBride is headed into the studio to work on new music and will continue performing at venues and festivals across the United States.
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.