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Martina McBride Biography

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Birth Name: Martina Mariea Schiff
Born: 1966/07/29
Birth Place: Sharon, Kansas, U.S.
Years Active: 1992 - present
Genres: Country, Country Pop, Adult Contemporary

Martina McBride (born Martina Mariea Schiff on July 29, 1966, in Sharon, Kansas) is an American country music singer and songwriter.

Spending about seven years in Nashville, following arranging a demo tape, McBride was signed to RCA Nashville Records in 1991. The following year, she released her first single, "The Time Has Come" a Billboard Top 25 country hit and her debut album shortly after, “The Time Has Come.”

It was her second album, 1993's “The Way That I Am,” that gave McBride her first major hits. Its first single, "My Baby Loves Me," went to #2 on the Billboard Country chart, and its follow-up, "Life #9," also reached the Country Top 10. The third single, "Independence Day," nearly reached the Country Top 10. The song has become one of McBride's signature hits and helped lead to the major success of her second album, which has sold a million copies in the United States to date.

McBride's third studio album was 1995's “Wild Angels,” which spawned her third Country Top 10 hit, "Safe in the Arms of Love." The album's title track became her first #1 hit single in 1996. Like her previous album, “Wild Angels” sold a million copies, and was produced by McBride, Paul Worley and Ed Seay. That same year she also joined the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. The album's final three singles released between 1996 and 1997, "Phones Are Ringin' All Over Town," "Cry on the Shoulder of the Road" and "Swingin' Doors" reached the Top 40 on the country chart.

In 1997, McBride released her fourth album, “Evolution,” which became her first Top 10 country album, reaching #4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The third single spawned from the album, "Valentine," a duet with Jim Brickman, produced by pop producer Dan Shea, was not just a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Country chart, but also went to #3 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, giving her one of her first major hits on Adult Contemporary radio. From the album, McBride had two singles that reached #2 on the country chart, "Happy Girl" and "Whatever You Say," as well as two #1 singles, "A Broken Wing" and "Wrong Again." The album was McBride's breakthrough into the country music industry, after acquiring five Country Top 10 hits from it. Towards the end of 1998, the album was certified double platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling two million units. In addition, she also won the Country Music Association Awards' Female Vocalist of the Year award in 1999. In 1998 she also issued a Christmas album, “White Christmas,” which was later reissued.

Her fifth studio album, “Emotion,” was released in 1999. Its lead single, "I Love You," reached #1 on the Billboard Country chart in 1999, and also crossed over to the Adult Contemporary chart. The single's three follow-ups, "Love's the Only House," "There You Are" and "It's My Time" were also successful country hits that made the Top 10.

In 2001, she released her first compilation, “Greatest Hits,” which featured four new songs. It was her first album to reach #1 on the Top Country Albums chart, and eventually sold enough copies for it to peak at #5 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. The four new songs were all released as singles, beginning with "When God-Fearin' Women Get the Blues," followed by "Blessed" which reached #1, "Where Would You Be" and "Concrete Angel," all of which reached the Country Top 10 between 2001 and 2002. To date, the album has been certified 3× platinum in sales by the RIAA, and is her highest-selling album.

In 2003, McBride released her sixth studio album, “Martina.” The first single, "This One's for the Girls," went to #3 on the Billboard Country chart and also went to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The second single, "In My Daughter's Eyes," reached #3 as well on the Country chart and reached the Top 5 on the Adult Contemporary chart. These first two were McBride's first Top 10 solo hits on the Adult Contemporary chart, giving her a larger audience that included Pop music listeners. Two additional singles followed in 2004 that reached the Top 20 on the country chart.In 2004 McBride won the CMA's Female Vocalist award for the fourth time, following the wins in 2003, 2002 & 1999, which tied her for the most wins in that category with Reba McEntire.

After finding success in country pop-styled music, McBride released her next studio album in 2005, “Timeless,” which was an album consisting of country covers. The album included cover versions of country music standards, such as Hank Williams' "You Win Again," Loretta Lynn's "You Ain't Woman Enough" and Kris Kristofferson's "Help Me Make It Through the Night." The lead single, a cover of Lynn Anderson's five-week #1 hit from 1970, "(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden," was a major hit, peaking at #18 on the Billboard Country chart. The album's other two singles, "I Still Miss Someone" and "You Ain't Woman Enough," were not as successful.

In 2007, McBride released her eighth studio album, “Waking Up Laughing.” It was the first album in which McBride co-wrote some of the tracks. The album's lead single, "Anyway," went to #5 on the Billboard Country chart, becoming her first Top 10 hit since 2003. Its follow-up, "How I Feel," reached the Top 15. In spring 2008, McBride released “Martina McBride: Live In Concert,” a live album/DVD set which was taped in Moline, Illinois in September 2007.

Martina McBride wrapped up production of her tenth studio album in late 2008. The first single, "Ride," was released to radio in October 2008 and debuted at #43 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It barely missed the Top 10 on the chart, peaking at #11 in March 2009. The album, “Shine,” was released by RCA Records in March 2009, and debuted at the top of the U.S. Country Albums chart as well as #10 on the Billboard 200. McBride co-produced the album with Dann Huff, and it featured "Sunny Side Up," a song that she co-wrote. The second single, "I Just Call You Mine," was released in May 2009 and reached the Top 20 on the Hot Country Songs chart, peaking at #18 in December 2009. The third single from the album was "Wrong Baby Wrong." It was released in February 2010, and has peaked at #11 on the Hot Country Singles chart, and became her highest charting single, reaching #74, on the Billboard Hot 100 chart since "Anyway" in 2006.

McBride exited RCA in November 2010 and signed with Republic Nashville. In February 2011, McBride released the title of the kick-off single from her new album. The single is titled "Teenage Daughters."