How much is Martina McBride worth?
|Net Worth:||$40 Million|
|Date of Birth:||July 29, 1966|
|Country:||United States of America|
“I never really thought, ‘Will this be a hit? Will this be a single’ I just recorded it because I wanted it to be part of my body of work. I take pride that I stood up for what I believe in, that I didn’t necessarily play it safe.” — Martina McBride about the song “Independence Day”
Who Is Martina McBride
Martina Mariea Schiff was born on July 29, 1966 in Sharon, Kansas. She’s the second of four children, and has an older brother, Steve, younger sister, Gina and younger brother, Marty, who plays in her band.
Martina’s family was a musical one, and they formed a group that called themselves “The Schiffters,” and played at local dances in South-Central Kansas. After high school, she completed a semester of college, then left to join another band of family friends playing rock music full-time. In 1988, Martina married John McBride, and in 1990, they moved to Nashville. Both Martina and John got jobs working for Garth Brooks.
Still wanting to get a record deal of her own, and knowing that labels don’t accept unsolicited material, Martina placed a biography, some photos, and two demo tapes in a big purple envelope and marked on the outside, “Requested Material,” & sent it off at RCA, and three weeks later, she got a call, asking her to come in for an interview. This lead to the label asking her to do a showcase to demonstrate her ability to perform live, and that ead to her getting signed with RCA.
Martina’s first album, The Time Has Come was released in 1992, but the three singles off it failed to gain much success for her. But, with her follow-up album, The Way That I Am in 1993, she earned her first Top 5 single, with “My Baby Loves Me,” which went all the way to No. 2. The album also contained a song, while not a No. 1 for her, remains the song most people think of when they think of her, “Independence Day.” The video for the song earned her the CMA Video of the Year for 1994.
Number One Success
With her third album, Wild Angels, finally had her first No. 1 with the title track.
Martina had some crossover success in 1997, with her next album, Evolution, as she collaborated with Jim Brickman on “Valentine.” Plus, she added two more No. 1 songs, with “A Broken Wing,” and “Wrong Again.”
Emotion came out in 1999, and gained Martina another No. 1 single, with “I Love You.” It was in 1999 that Martina won the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year award for the first time. She has won the award a total of four times.
Going Back To Her Roots
After much success with the country pop style music, Martina made a bold move in 2005 by recording an album of Classic country covers, called Timeless. The album debuted at No. 1, and received much critical acclaim, but the only single, “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden,” received much airplay, and peaked at No. 18.
Martina Album Review
The first single, “This One’s For The Girls” is in the Top 10, and moving up. The song speaks to girls of all ages, and the things they go through in life.
The album starts with the Celtic-flavored “So Magical.” It celebrates life, talking about how she walks down the street and her neighbor invites her in for some pie, and later on goes down to the river to watch the kids playing on the old rope swing.
In “City of Love” not everything is perfect, but they find a way to make things right as they build a city of love. This is one I think would make a good single.
The song “How Far” is similar in some ways to Martina’s “Where Would You Be” in that the relationship is being held together by her and she’s putting her foot down saying she’s had enough and she’s walking away, and it’s up to him how far she goes. Beautiful song, co-written by Jamie O’Neal with Shaye Smith.
Let it never be said that Martina McBride can only sing country. No, she can definitely sing a gospel/bluegrass song, which she proves with “Reluctant Daughter.” Helping with harmony vocals on this wonderful tune are Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White. They meld beautifully with Martina here. While not a radio-friendly song, I’m sure this one will garner lots of people’s votes as a favorite from the album. It’s definitely one of mine.
And, we can’t forget the playful songs. For that, one listen to “Wearing White” will have you chuckling, just as it makes you tap your foot along with the rhythm. The story is about a girl that is going to get married in white, and the people in town think that she shouldn’t be. “Everybody knows the things she did. It just isn’t right. Won’t that be a sight, to see her wearing white?” Vince Gill adds his velvet voice on this tune.
“When You Love Me” is your typical Martina power ballad, and she sings it just perfectly. Another single here.
If “Independence Day,” and “Concrete Angel” were examples of songs that could pull at people’s heartstrings, Martina scores another similar song with “God’s Will,” about a special boy, named Will. The line that touched me most was “At dinner he’d ask to pray, and then he’d pray for everyone in the world but him.” This one will definitely bring a tear to your eye.
For anyone that’s seen Martina in concert, you will adore getting this live cut of her singing “Over The Rainbow.” This has always been one of my favorite songs, and Martina sings it so very well. A perfect ending to a perfect album. Just when you think she can’t possibly top her last album, she does. This is one for every Country Music collection.
Martina released Waking Up Laughing in 2007. This album was the first album to contain songs which she co-wrote. She toured with the Waking Up Laughing Tour in 2007, with Rodney Atkins and Little Big Town opening, and will continue through the Summer of 2008, featuring opening acts Jack Ingram, Chris Young on some dates, and Jason Michael Carroll on some dates.
In the Spring of 2008, Martina will release a CD/DVD Set called Martina McBride: Live in Concert.