McBride's career began in the late '80s when her husband and sound engineer John McBride joined Garth Brooks' sound crew. Brooks was impressed with Martina's vocal abilities and her enthusiasm and offered her a position as one of his opening acts if, and only if, she secured a recording contract. As luck (or pure talent) would have it, McBride was signed to RCA Nashville Records in 1991. She released her debut album in 1992, "The Time Has Come", but its singles only received moderate airplay on the radio.
Her sophomore set proved to have more traction; in 1992 she released "The Way That I Am" and its lead-off single "My Baby Loves Me" hit #2 on the country charts. Her third single, "Independence Day", became her signature hit and won her a County Music Association Award for Video of the Year. The song tackled issues of domestic abuse and proved that McBride's talents went beyond her vocals as she frequently addresses social issues. Martina McBride tour dates were scheduled in the opening slot for Garth Brooks, as promised, throughout his 1992-94 touring season.
McBride released her third album, "Wild Angels," in 1995 and the title track became her first #1 single on the country charts. The album was certified platinum and McBride joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1996. Her breakthrough to country superstardom occurred with her fourth album, "Evolution" which featured the single "Valentine" with Jim Brickman. The single proved to be a pop-crossover hit and started a trend amongst country artists towards pop-fused productions. The album also featured the hit, "A Broken Wing", which featured McBride's soulful vocals. The album was certified multi-platinum and she won the CMA award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 1999 and was invited to perform for President Clinton. Martina McBride concert dates were scheduled on the women-themed "Lillith Fair" in 1999.
She released her fifth album "Emotion" in 1999 and scored three more top ten country singles. McBride finally had enough singles under her belt to release a Greatest Hits collection in 2001; the album featured the single "Blessed" and sold nearly three million copies becoming her biggest seller to-date. McBride kept her female anthems coming and in 2003 she released "Martina" which featured her hit single "This One's for the Girls", which became a #1 Adult Contemporary hit. In 2004, McBride won her fourth CMA Female Vocalist of the Year award, which tied her for the most wins with her idol, Reba McEntire.
In 2007, McBride released "Waking Up Laughing", and scheduled a national headlining tour through 2008 that was seen by over a quarter million people across the nation. McBride released her latest album, "Shine", in 2009 and scheduled a national co-headlining tour with Trace Adkins. After nearly twenty years, McBride left RCA Nashville Records and signed with Republic Nashville to start work on a new record. The as-yet untitled album is scheduled for a 2011 release. You may have seen McBride share the stage with Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera, Yolanda Adams and Florence Welch at the 53rd Grammy Awards where the girls paid tribute to Aretha Franklin. In addition to scheduled performances, and recording her new album, Martina McBride tour dates are currently scheduled across North America, this summer 2011. Her voice is unparalleled in country music, her hits have made her a legend, and her style has transcended all genres. Don't miss out on this soulful and brilliant act when she comes to your area. Use Eventful as your source for Martina McBride tour dates and concert schedule information.