I Love You
“I just love where I am right now in my career. I love country music. I don't ever feel restricted by the genre. I've been able to have a solid career that we've built one step at a time and a family. I know that I'm in a good place.” Martina McBride
Country music superstar Martina McBride, born Martina Mariea Schiff, was a T-shirt vendor for Garth Brooks' concerts before hitting the big time in the early 1990s. Since her debut album, “The Time Has Come” (1992), the singer has had two triple-platinum albums (1997's “Evolution” and 2001's “Greatest Hits”), a double-platinum album (2003's “Martina”) and five platinum albums (1995's “The Way That I Am,” 1995's “Wild Angels,” 1998's “White Christmas,” 1999's “Emotion” and 2005's “Timeless”). In addition, she has released nearly 50 singles. Among them are the No. 1 hits “Wild Angels,” “A Broken Wing,” “Wrong Again,” “I Love You” and “Blessed,” and such Top 10 hits as “My Baby Loves Me,” “Life #9,” “Independence Day,” “Safe in the Arms of Love,” “Happy Girl,” “Whatever You Say,” “Where Would You Be,” “Concrete Angel,” “When God-Fearin’ Women Get the Blues,” “In My Daughter's Eyes” and “Anyway.”
“Waking Up Laughing” (2007), her new studio album since 2005's “Timeless,” has been certified gold by RIAA. It was followed by her first live album, “Martina McBride: Live In Concert,” in 2008.
McBride was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1995. She has been named Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year four times and the Academy of Country Music Top Female Vocalist three times. Other honors she has received include a Country Music Association Award for Music Video of the Year, an American Music Award for Favorite Female Country Artist and CMT Flameworthy Music Video Awards.
McBride has been married to husband John, a former crew member for the legendary Garth Brooks, since 1988. The happy couple and their three lovely daughters currently reside in Nashville, Tennessee.
As a philanthropist, McBride has dedicated her time to support many charities. She is the spokesperson for the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Network to End Domestic Violence. She is also the National Spokeswoman for the Tulsa Domestic Violence and Intervention Services. In 2003, McBride was awarded the Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award.
Childhood and Family:
“There wasn't much to do growing up on a farm. We had three channels on the TV, one of which was fuzzy. Marty and I would come home from school and we were kind of isolated. There were no neighborhood kids. There was no convenience store. No video games. But we always had musical instruments. Our play time was sitting around making music and singing together.” Martina McBride
Martina Mariea Schiff was born in Medicine Lodge, Kansas, on July 29, 1966, to Daryl Schiff, a dairy farmer and country music singer, and Jeanne Schiff. She has two brothers, Steve and Martin, and a sister, Gina. As a child, Martina was a scholar. She loved to read and wore glasses. In order to attract the attention of her busy parents, young Martina plunged herself into music and it soon paid off. Her father, who fronted the local group The Schiffters, had 7-year-old Martina sing with his band. She went on to sing with the group until she finished high school. She also served as the group's keyboardist. Martina put music on the back burner to attend college. However, she left her studies after a year to become a professional musician.
On May 15, 1988, Martina married John McBride, a studio engineer whom she met in early 1987 when she contacted him about a studio for rent. The pair moved to Nashville in 1990. Martina gave birth to their first daughter, Delaney Katharine McBride, on December 22, 1994. Their second daughter, Emma Justine McBride, and third daughter, Ava Rose Kathleen McBride, were born on March 29, 1998, and June 20, 2005, respectively.
Martina McBride began singing with her father's band when she was still a young child. She sang and played keyboard with The Schiffters until she completed high school. However, the Kansas native did not consider music as a full-time career until she dropped out of college. She relocated to Hutchinson, Kansas, to perform with a new band and later to Wichita, Kansas, in which she started to earn some local acceptance on the music scene.
MacBride continued to play with various bands and in 1990, she and her sound engineer husband headed to Nashville to work on their careers. While John soon got work as the main soundboard mixer for Garth Brooks' live show, McBride worked as a T-shirt seller. Her luck started to change when she got a call from RCA Records for an audition thanks to John's brilliant idea (he put his wife's biography, some pictures and two demo tapes in a big purple envelope marked “Requested Material”). RCA soon gave her a record contract. McBride's debut album, “The Time Has Come,” was released in May 1992. Two weeks after its release, she became an opening act for Garth Brooks in Denver, Colorado.
“The Time Has Come” peaked at No. 49 on the Billboard Top Country Album chart. The title track rose to No. 23 in the U.S. and No. 11 in Canada. The follow up singles “That's Me” (1992) and “Cheap Whiskey” (1993) failed to generate much success for McBride. It was her second studio album that gave the country singer her first real taste of success. Released in 1993, “The Way That I Am” rose to No. 14 on Billboard's Top Country Albums and marked her first entry to the Billboard 200, where it rose to No. 106. The lead single, “My Baby Loves Me,” peaked at No. 2. It was followed by three more country hits, “Life #9” (#6), “Independence Day” (#12) and “Heart Trouble” (#21). The song “Independence Day” brought McBride a 1994 Country Music Association award for Music Video of the Year and a 1995 TNN/Music City News award for the same category. “The Way That I Am” went platinum.
In 1995, McBride released “Wild Angels,” a Top 20 hit country album that went platinum. It produced such hits as “Safe in the Arms of Love” (1995, # 4), “Wild Angels” (1996), which marked her first No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs charts, “Phones Are Ringin' All over Town” (1996, #28) and “Cry on the Shoulder of the Road” (1997, #26).
McBride's career gained another significant boost with the release of her forth album, “Evolution” (1997). It climbed to No. 4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and received triple-platinum certification from RIAA. “Evolution” is known for spawning the crossover hit “Valentine,” a duet sung with Jim Brickman, the No. 1 hits “A Broken Wing” and “Wrong Again,” as well as the No. 2 singles “Happy Girl” and “Whatever You Say.”
After “Evolution,” McBride recorded “White Christmas” (1998), which was a Top 10 country hit. The album has been re-released twice since its debut and has gone platinum. She resurfaced a year later by launching the fifth studio album “Emotion” (1999), a No. 3 Country hit and a Top 20 on the Billboard 200. In addition to being included in the “Runaway Bride” soundtrack, the lead single “I Love You” became her biggest hit single to date after it peaked at No. 1 on the country charts and rose to No. 24 on Billboard's Hot 100. The platinum album also produced the successful singles “Love's the Only House” (#3), “There You Are” (#10) and “It's My Time” (#11). Two years after picking up a 1999 Country Music Association for Female Vocalist of the Year, McBride released the “Greatest Hits” album. It debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Country and rose to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 200. Containing her previous hit singles and four new tracks, the album was certified 3 times platinum by RIAA. Also in 2001, she took home a Country Music Association for Top Female Vocalist. She went on to nab a Country Music Association for Female Vocalist of the Year, an Academy of Country Music for Top Female Vocalist and a CMT Music Video for Female Video of the Year (all 2002).
McBride released her seventh studio album, “Martina,” on September 30, 2003. It was a No. 1 hit on Billboard's Top Country Albums and No. 7 on Billboard's 200. It has been certified double-platinum by RIAA. “Martina” generated four hit singles with the songs “This One's for the Girls” (#1 on Adult Contemporary Chart), “ In My Daughter's Eyes” (# 4 on US Country), “How Far” (# 12 on US Country) and “God's Will” (# 18 on US Country). Still in 2003, McBride collected a Country Music Association for Female Vocalist of the Year, an Academy of Country Music for Top Female Vocalist, an American Music for Favorite Female Country Artist and a CMT Flameworthy Music Video award for Female Video of the Year.
After recording a single with Jimmy Buffett called “Trip Around the Sun” (2004), a Top 20 hit that was included in Buffett's album “License to Chill,” McBride returned to her studio for her next No. 1 album, “Timeless” (2005), which also peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. It sold over 180,000 copies in the first week of its release and has since gone platinum. The follow-up, “Waking up Laughing,” hit the music stores in 2007. It debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200.
In support of her album, McBride embarked on the 2007 “Waking Up Laughing Tour.” The show was recorded and released as her first live album, “Martina McBride: Live in Concert,” in 2008.
Country Music Association: Female Vocalist of the Year, 2004
Country Music Association: Female Vocalist of the Year, 2003
CMT Flameworthy Music Video: Female Video of the Year, 2003
Academy of Country Music: Top Female Vocalist, 2003
American Music: Favorite Female Country Artist, 2003
Academy of Country Music: Top Female Vocalist, 2002
Country Music Association: Female Vocalist of the Year, 2002
CMT Music Video Music: Flameworthy Award, Female Video of the Year, 2002
Academy of Country Music: Top Female Vocalist, 2001
Country Music Association: Female Vocalist of the Year, 1999
TNN/Music City News: Music Video of the Year, “Independence Day,” 1995
Country Music Association: Music Video of the Year, “Independence Day,” 1994