It isn’t normal for one to use the words ‘soprano’ and ‘country music’ in the same sentence but in the case of the ‘Celine Dion of country music’ aka Martina McBride, an exception has already been made.
And much like other neotraditionalist artists that wanted to bring back that authentic country sound, her first three albums stayed true to that vision until her fourth, which made the crossover by adopting a pop sound and was appropriately titled ‘Evolution’.
And with this change (read: mainstream) in sound, she has received the “Female Vocalist of the Year” four times and “Top Female Vocalist” three time, and seven out of the nine albums that she has released have received a ‘Gold’ certification or higher.
If that’s not enough, singles such as Independence Day, Valentine, Anyway, Life #9 are just a few out the several singles that she has released that have become number one hits over the span of her 19 year career.
In addition to her music, Martina has taken time to work with several charities and apart from the 15 awards that she has obtained from her ability to set the stage on fire with her voice, she has also received the ‘Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award’ in 2003 for her contribution to charity work. And if this isn’t enough, her latest album Shine has received rave reviews by the critics this year, and several ACA nominations as well.
One way or another, with ten albums under her belt and counting, the prowess of Martina’s vocal range and music will continue to thrive amongst her fans in the years to come.