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Martina McBride

Born 29 July 1966.
Martina McBride

Biography

Martina Mariea Schiff (born July 29, 1966), known professionally as Martina McBride, is an American country music singer and songwriter. McBride has been called the "Celine Dion of Country Music" for her big-voiced ballads and soprano range.

McBride was signed to RCA Nashville in 1991, and made her debut the following year as a neo-traditionalist country singer with the single, "The Time Has Come." Over time, she developed a pop-styled crossover sound, similar to that of Faith Hill and Shania Twain, and has had a string of major hit singles on the Billboard country chart and occasionally on the adult contemporary chart. Five of these singles went to No. 1 on the country chart between 1995 and 2001, and one peaked at No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart in 2003.

McBride has recorded a total of eleven studio albums, one greatest hits compilation, one "live" album, a Christmas compilation, as well as two additional compilation albums. Seven of her studio albums and two of her compilations have received an RIAA Gold certification, or higher. In the U.S. she has sold over 14 million albums. In addition, McBride has won the Country Music Association's "Female Vocalist of the Year" award four times (tied with Reba McEntire and Miranda Lambert for the most wins) and the Academy of Country Music's "Top Female Vocalist" award three times.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Shine

    Shine 2009

    Reviewed by Sid Smith
    Capable of raising goosebumps or bringing a tear to the eye.
  2. Review of Waking Up Laughing

    Waking Up Laughing 2007

    Reviewed by Serena Kutchinsky
    ...She finally proves that she is far more than just a pretty voice.
  3. Review of Martina

    Martina 2003

    Reviewed by Sue Keogh
    There's so many inspiring messages of faith overcoming adversity that one suddenly...
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