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The breathtaking soprano of Martina McBride is one of the greatest vocal instruments in contemporary popular music. That she applies it to songs of uncommon integrity makes its impact all the more thrilling.
"I'd like to be known as someone who records songs that are intelligent and emotional," says Martina. "I don't want to be thought of as 'fluff.' Night after night, you have to be able to stand up there and believe in what you're singing. And I'm really lucky I still love everything that I have done. I think I have chosen well."
Indeed. With a catalog that includes such chart-topping singles as "Wild Angels," "Wrong Again," "A Broken Wing" and "I Love You," Martina McBride has surely "chosen well." The CMA's 1999 Female Vocalist of the Year has one Gold album, three Platinum CDs and one Triple Platinum collection to demonstrate her extraordinary talents in choosing songs with depth and delivering them with chest-pounding intensity.
Martina McBride doesn't seek out songs with messages deliberately. Like a true artist, she responds to songs on a gut level. If they derive their emotional impact from social problems, so be it.
"I never go into the process of picking songs by 'thinking.' I go into it just listening and feeling. I never think, 'I've got to find a song about this or that,' or 'This song's got to appeal to so-and-so.' When one hits me, it's simply a gut reaction. Then I just hope that it will strike a chord with somebody who feels the same way I do."
By nature shy and demure, Martina was raised on a music-happy Kansas farm and graduated from high school in a class of 10. When Martina McBride and her husband John moved to Nashville in 1990, neither one was particularly sophisticated. He used his skills as a sound technician to build Music City's most successful concert-production company. She coupled her spectacular vocal ability with laser-sharp emotional instincts to become a performer with both massive popularity and critical respect. In the process, the songs led her to awareness and social sensitivity.
The anti-alcohol message of "Cheap Whiskey" led to a 1992 video with a don't-drink-and-drive message. Her top-10 breakthrough came a year later via "My Baby Loves Me," a positive lyric where a woman is accepted for who she is, no matter what her appearance or mood.
"That song is about unconditional love," says Martina. "I think it's important to talk to girls before they even start dating. My older daughter Delaney is 6, but she's a very aware child, and we already talk very openly. I tell her, 'The most important thing is that the boy treats you well.' Then I explain what that means."
Martina describes the story of "Life #9" which hit the top-10 in 1994 as being about confronting a wandering guy, "in a creative and interesting way. It's about a woman who says, 'You're on your last chance.'"
But 1994's "Independence Day" was unquestionably, "the song that changed my life," she says. This harrowing tale of domestic violence opened Martina's eyes to a problem that exists on all levels of society. On her concert tours, she began visiting high schools to talk to young women about self-worth. She took the reins of the annual YWCA Celebrity Auction at Nashville's Fan Fair festival, which raises funds for a domestic-violence shelter and other programs aiding women.
She now serves as the national celebrity spokesperson for the National Network to End Domestic Violence. A third of all women murdered in the U.S. are killed by husbands or boyfriends. Women ages 16 to 24 experience the highest per capita rates of violence at the hands of their men. Awareness cards that pinpoint signs of an abusive relationship and offer five ways of approaching someone who seems to be in such a situation are distributed at Martina's concerts.
"I thought I wanted to get more involved with a children's organization," comments Martina. "But then I realized this is a way I can help children. This is an issue about our daughters and sons. The cycle of violence can be broken through education. Delaney and I had a conversation about the different kinds of abuse. I said, 'You know, it's not just when somebody pushes you or hits you. There's another kind of abuse called emotional abuse. That's when somebody makes you feel bad about yourself or calls you stupid or makes you feel like you're no good. That's not respectful. Daddy wouldn't talk to me that way; I don't talk to Daddy that way. You don't deserve to be talked to that way.' Nobody does."
Martina McBride addressed this issue in her 1997 smash "A Broken Wing," which is about a woman escaping emotional abuse: "That woman is alive and well and working in a mall someplace," she smiles.
Martina's startling power with heartache lyrics is undeniable. This was perhaps no better illustrated than in her torrid, goosebump-raising performance of "Strangers," which she feels to this day should have been her follow-up single to "Independence Day."
There have been many other opportunities to prove how stunningly effective she is with such material. The 1998 hit "Wrong Again" found the singer languishing in despair. A breakdown in communication between lovers created the anguish in 1999's "Whatever You Say." Later that year, the propulsive "Love's the Only House" found her revisiting social issues.
But the singer has enjoyed equal success with joyous lyrics. "Safe in the Arms of Love" (1995) and "Wild Angels" (1996) were both proclamations of romantic ecstasy. The deliriously upbeat "I Love You" spend five consecutive weeks at No. 1 in 1999 and was included on the million-selling soundtrack of the Julia Roberts film "Runaway Bride." The soaring top-10 success "There You Are" appeared on the soundtrack of Ashley Judd's silver-screen feature "Where the Heart Is" in 2000. Martina's 1998 hit "Happy Girl" poetically contrasted a woman's sunny present with her downbeat past.
"I'm always surprised when I find out that people outside of country music know who I am," she says. "I kind of walk in assuming that they don't." Teen-pop sensation Britney Spears declared herself a devotee at an American Music Awards. Professed fan Bob Seger eagerly agreed to duet with her on the multi-million selling soundtrack of the Sandra Bullock movie "Hope Floats." And Martina McBride was the first country artist chosen for the landmark, all-female "Lilith Fair" pop tour of 1998.
"That was a life-changing experience for me. I never knew a tour could have that much camaraderie. The whole vibe was really cool, and I wanted to have that again."
She and her idol, Reba McEntire, discussed creating something similar for country performers. The result was "Girls Night Out," an all-female country blockbuster tour, which teamed Martina with Reba, Sara Evans, Jamie O'Neal and Carolyn Dawn Johnson. Both Delaney and daughter Emma, 3, were along, as were other singers' children. Martina says she'd like to continue the concept in years to come. And since her close friends range from Faith Hill to Loretta Lynn, casting the tours shouldn't be hard. The noteworthy thing is perhaps the evolution of the woman who spearheads them, for Martina McBride has grown remarkably from rural ingénue to principled leader.
"There are times I feel like a 'star,'" she says. "But more often, I just feel like I'm successful and happy. I don't have a desire to be on the cover of every magazine. I want to be able to raise my kids in a way that's sane and normal. That's my priority. And as long as I have that, whatever else I accomplish is icing on the cake."
When it comes to pure vocal talent and the gift to interpret song, there's no better singer than Martina McBride.
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