27th Annual YWCA Celebrity Auction

June 8, 2010 — Leave a comment

The YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee is partnering with CMA, Martina McBride and Storme Warren for the 27th Annual YWCA Celebrity Auction to be held Sunday, June 13th from 11am – 3pm during the CMA Music Festival!

The auction will be at Hall of Fame Park,
behind the downtown Hilton.

Eden’s Gate, Big Kenny, Bo Bice and the Roys will stop by.  The auction will feature items from Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, Dolly Parton, Keith Urban
and Rascal Flatts as well as Martina.

Admission is free.

Sponsors are Carl Black Chevrolet, CMA, Belle Meade Framers, Jim Stevens Auction and WSIX

Billboard Country Music Summit

June 8, 2010 — Leave a comment

Martina McBride Discusses ‘Independence,’ Kid Rock Collab
June 07, 2010 – Country

By Ray Waddell

Multi-platinum RCA artist Martina McBride charmed a wall-to-wall audience at the Billboard Country Music Summit today in an intimate Q&A session with Billboard’s Nashville senior chart director Wade Jessen. In the one-hour session, McBride discussed her career development and the history and reaction to some of her biggest hits.

Dressed in jeans with stiletto lace-up boots and a white jacket, McBride discussed the busy week she has planned for CMA Music Fest week in Nashville, beginning with today’s Q&A at the first-ever Summit. In addition to her headlining stint at Nashville’s LP Field stadium, McBride will also play at her fan club party, and at a YWCA benefit affair on Sunday.

McBride came to Nashville in 1989 with husband John McBride, a successful sound engineer. Her first band “never got out of the rehearsal room,” and Martina ended up selling merch on the road with Garth Brooks, where her husband was working the sound. She says it was “very obvious” where Brooks was headed. “Anybody that saw him live was blown away,” she says.

Her first demo was “shot down by everyone,” but a second demo and subsequent showcase led to McBride being signed to RCA, her only label. She found her early radio promo tours exciting, she says. “I grew up wanting to have a song on the radio, so meeting the people who could make that happen was a big deal.”

Jessen asked McBride about the “meaty subject” of her 1993 hit “Independence Day,” which initially met resistance from radio programmers because of its theme of domestic violence. “I was naïve; I knew that song was different, but I never really thought it was that big a risk,” she says. She recalls personally calling radio programmers and asking them, “what about this song freaks you out?” While never a massive radio hit, “Independence Day” has become one of her most beloved songs; she adds that songs such as “Independence Day” and “Broken Wing” connected with live audiences before they were ever on the radio. “When you believe in a song and you connect with it, it translates and other people connect, too.”

After her first No. 1 Billboard hit “Wild Angels” in 1996, McBride says she felt like she was “walking on air. We had all been working so hard, and to have that payoff for everyone around me was a thrill.” Likewise, being asked to join the Grand Ole Opry in 1995, Loretta Lynn handed McBride a plaque and told her, “welcome to the Opry, this is what you get.”

McBride told the audience about recently recording a song, “Care,” with Kid Rock for the latter’s new record. “It seems like an odd pairing, but I love that he sees the redneck in me,” McBride says of the song, which also features rapper T.I. Rock and McBride each sing a verse, then T.I. Raps the third verse. “It makes sense, trust me. If I was rapping the third verse, it wouldn’t.”

Billboard.biz

Martina/Dairy Queen on Oprah to rerun today, June 4!

June 4, 2010 — Leave a comment

FYI…we just received notice that the Oprah episode where Martina revisits her old stomping ground of serving up softserve at Dairy Queen will reair today, June 4th!  Enjoy!

Autographed Setlist Winners

June 2, 2010 — Leave a comment

Congratulations to our 2 autographed setlist winners – John Stribula & Lexie Quinonez!  They were randomly drawn from the many fans that posted comments in the photo section of the website.  New contest coming soon – thanks for entering – we love our fans!

June Fan of the Month!

June 1, 2010 — Leave a comment

Congratulations Jeffrey!

My name is Jeffrey and I live in Staten Island, New York, with my beautiful wife, Debbie, of 27 years. We have two grown children, Lauren (23) and Jeffrey Jr. (21). I am very excited to be selected as the Martina McBride Fan Club “Fan of the Month” for June 2010.  I work as a bridge engineer for a private consulting firm here in NYC and aside from work and listening to country music, I enjoy watching sports and playing golf whenever I can.  I have been a huge Martina fan for many years and a Fan Club Member since 2008. My first Martina concert was in June 2002 when she opened for Alan Jackson.. Both my wife and I have seen Martina perform many times since then and sometimes travelled to other states such as New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Tennessee just to see her in concert. Most recently, we saw Martina twice during the “Shine All Night Tour” and since my wife loves Trace Adkins and I love Martina, the experience was great for both of us.  We visited Nashville, TN for the first time in 2009 and attended the CMA Music Fest where we got to attend Martina’s Fan Club Party. For almost 90 minutes, she performed many of her songs that you don’t get to hear on the radio or even in her typical concerts. Seeing her perform in such an intimate setting was terrific and it was the best Martina concert I ever saw. We look forward to seeing Martina (and the other country stars) performing in this year’s 2010 CMA Music Fest. This time, my daughter, Lauren, will be joining us. She is becoming a big country fan as well.  If I have to choose my favorite Martina song, I guess it would be “City of Love”. I feel the song sends a great message and really displays Martina vocals. However, my favorite Martina song performed in concert is “Where Would You Be” – no doubt about it.  Although I have never had the chance to meet Martina in person, it remains the #1 thing to do on my “bucket list”. I have tried many, many times to win “meet-and greets” and entered many contests but have yet to be successful. But, I will definitely keep trying.  I hope I get to meet her in Nashville at the 2010 CMA Music Fest.