Superstar singer/songwriter Martina McBride will share her favorite time of the year with music lovers across the country once again, as she announces the 2013 Pandora Jewelry Presents Martina McBride: “The Joy of Christmas” Tour. The 12-city tour will kick off in Huntington, WV on Friday, November 29 and wrap up in Chicago on Saturday, December 21.
“This is such a fun and special tour to do,” said Martina. “I love bringing Christmas to life on stage and putting everyone in the Christmas spirit. My favorite part of the show is the Q&A where I go into the audience. You never know what is going to happen, and the spontaneity is something I really enjoy.
This year’s tour will include everything from pop classics like “Let it Snow” and ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas” to beautiful hymns such as “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “O Holy Night.” Martina’s multiple wardrobe changes will enhance the entertainment.
A 12-piece band complete with a string section will back Martina, as she brings her love of the holidays to a variety of venues. A video screen depicting scenes of the season will complement Martina’s versions of traditional and contemporary holiday classics, which are sure to put concert goers in the Christmas spirit.
At each stop last year, an athlete, popular radio personality or local celebrity read “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” story, while Martina sang “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, Green Bay Packer Jordy Nelson, Pittsburgh Steeler Brett Keisel, tv personality Storme Warren, hockey great Jim Dowd and others shared the fun segment with the Grammy winner. Plans are to again highlight celebrities during the reading of “The Grinch” again this year.
The Chicago Tribune last year reviewed: “Only a true Grinch would have been unmoved by this show, a dream of Christmas as so many wish it could really be. “It was touching. It was funny. It was fun. McBride is a sincere cheerleader for high hopes and better times ahead. She’s earned her place in the Christmas pantheon, parked by the fireplace next to Bing and Andy.”
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel wrote about the concert: “Inside the Milwaukee Theatre, a multigenerational audience of revelers was greeted with all the trappings of the Christmas season as Martina McBride crafted a classic holiday extravaganza. Performing a two-hour set of yuletide tunes in front of 12 formally dressed musicians, this was purely a holly jolly affair.”
A three-time Academy of Country Music “Top Female Vocalist” award winner, four-time Country Music Association “Female Vocalist of the Year” and GRAMMY®-winning recording artist, Martina McBride has sold more than 18 million albums and garnered numerous #1 hits throughout her career. She was the special guest on George Strait’s final tour, The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, earlier this year, and she continues her headline tour through early November.
Her nationwide volunteer group, “Team Martina,” recently donated over $40,000.00 to Nashville’s Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, and last week her fans surpassed their goal to raise $20,000 for the Chastain Park Conservancy Playground, “Play Chastain.” The campaign culminates with Martina’s September 28, 2013 performance at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre.
Pandora Jewelry Presents Martina McBride Joy of Christmas 2013 Tour Dates:
11/29 – Huntington, WV
11/30 – Louisville, KY
12/4 – Nashville, TN
12/6 – Minneapolis, MN
12/7 – La Crosse, WI
12/8 – Sioux City, IA
12/11 – Knoxville, TN
12/12 – Muncie, IN
12/13 – St. Louis, MO
12/19 – Green Bay, WI
12/20 – Bloomington, IL
12/21 – Chicago (Rosemont), IL