Martina McBride was born July 29, 1966, in Sharon, Kansas, to Daryl and Jeanne Schiff. Schiff began singing at a young age in her father’s band known as the Schiffters. Schiff began traveling and played in different bands when she met John McBride, a studio engineer, and the two were married May 15, 1988. The McBrides moved to Nashville, where John McBride began working for artists such as Charlie Daniels and Ricky Van Shelton. John McBride also became the sound production director for Garth Brooks. Brooks allowed Martina McBride to becoming his opening act that led to a recording contract with RCA Nashville Records in 1991. In 1992 McBride produced her debut album, The Time Has Come. Her next album, The Way That I Am, finished at number two on the country charts. In 1995 her first number one single, “Wild Angels,” was released as a part of her album by the same name. She was named the Native Sons and Daughters' Kansan of the Year in 2005. In 2010 McBride left RCA Nashville Records to sign with the Republic Nashville label. In 2011 McBride produced her 11th studio album, Eleven. McBride has won several awards and honors for her work, including several female vocalist of the year awards.
Entry: McBride, Martina
Author: Kansas Historical Society
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Date Created: July 2012
Date Modified: August 2013
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