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Martina McBride performs at Puyallup Fair on Sept. 12

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on March 30, 2012 at 9:08 am with No Comments »
March 30, 2012 9:08 am

Martina McBride (courtesy photo)
Martina McBride is the latest addition to the entertainment line-up at the Puyallup Fair. She will perform on Sept. 12. Tickets go on sale on Saturday, April 7, at 10 a.m.

McBride’s hit songs “Broken Wing,” “Wrong Again,” “I Love You,” and “Blessed” have helped her sell 14 million albums in the U.S. She’s won Country Music Association “Female Vocalist of the Year” award four times and received the Academy of Country Music’s “Top Female Vocalist” award three times.

Tickets can be purchased on the Fair website, or by phone: 888-559-FAIR (3247) daily, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. PST. To save the convenience charges, purchase tickets in person at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center box office at 9th Avenue SW and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $65 for Golden Circle, $55, $45 and $35. All seats are reserved and include Fair gate admission.

From the press release:

Martina McBride was born Martina Mariea Schiff in Sharon, Kansas, a town of 200 residents. She grew up with one sister, and two brothers, and was considered a nerd who wore glasses and loved to read. Her father fronted a band called “The Schiffters,” and Martina began singing with the band around eight or nine years old.

In 1984 she worked at Dairy Queen by day, and performed with a local Wichita rock band, The Penetrators at night. Later, she joined another group of musicians called Lotus. When they started looking for rehearsal space, she began renting from a studio engineer by the name of John McBride, who she ended up marrying in 1988. It was at that juncture that she returned to singing country music since rock was too hard on her voice.

They moved to Nashville the following year, and John joined Garth Brooks’s sound crew, later becoming his concert production manager. Martina would occasionally join her husband on the road, selling Garth Brooks souvenirs. In 1990 Brooks was so impressed with her enthusiasm that he offered her a chance to be his opening act – if she could get a recording contract. By this time her husband was working with Charlie Daniels and Ricky Van Shelton, and he helped her produce a demo tape which gained a recording contract in 1991.

Martina has recorded nine 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.

The Way That I Am was the title of Martina’s second album, which included Billboard #2 hit, “My Baby Loves Me,” and Billboard #6 song, “Life #9.” A third single, “Independence Day” did not reach the top 10 because many radio programmers objected to the song’s subject of a mother fighting back against abuse by burning the family home to the ground. “Independence Day” won Video of the Year and Song of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards.

In 2003 she released her sixth studio album, Martina, which celebrated womanhood. The single, “This One’s for the Girls” went to #3 on the Billboard Country charts, and hit #1 on the Adult Contemporary charts. Backup vocalists included Faith Hill, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, and two of McBride’s daughters, Delaney and Emma.

Her latest album, Eleven, was released by Republic Nashville on October 22, 2011. She penned six of the 11 tracks on that CD, including “Teenage Daughters,” something close to her heart since she and her husband have three daughters.

“I’m Gonna Love You Through It” is another song on her 11th CD, which she describes as a “powerful song.” She produced a video with that song, which showcases cancer survivors and their supporters as they courageously live their lives. Others appearing in the video with Martina are singer Sheryl Crow, “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, “Today” show anchor Hoda Kotb, and television journalist Katie Couric. For more information, visit

More acts will be announced in the coming months for the Puyallup Fair 2012 Columbia Bank Concert Series. Visit the Fair website, for updates, or sign up at to receive email or text announcements prior to the concert on-sale dates. Concerts to date include:

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