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Spotlight On Martina McBride at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona
Story & Photos by Glenda S. Paradee

Martina McBride performed June 21, 2013 at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, AZ to a packed and enthusiastic crowd.

She opened with her up-tempo and energetic tune "One Night" from her latest album "Eleven."

"Hello! Phoenix," McBride said. "Are you guys ready to have some fun?" Kids from the audience started asking her if they could sing with her.

McBride then sang "Wrong Baby Wrong," which she said was a song about "good friends and drinking wine."

She continued with her "old-school" chart-topping ballad "Wrong Again".

Prior to performing "Teenage Daughters," McBride stated that she is a mother to three daughters, two of which are teenagers. She said this was a true story song.

She continued with yet another chart-topping hit "Blessed," and it showcased the control in McBride's voice. It was one of my favorite songs of the night.

"I'm Gonna Love You Through It" wasa beautiful song from her newest album.

McBride also sang several covers from her "Timeless" album which included Lynn Anderson's country classic "Rose Garden". She did such a fantastic job on it. She also sang Kris Kristofferson's "Help Me Make It Through the Night," and then she sang "Concrete Angel".

She continued with "Wild Angels," which was her first single to reach the top of the Billboard Hot Country Charts.

Other noteworthy tunes were "My Baby Loves Me," as well as a medley of Rod Stewart's "The First Cut Is the Deepest" and Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'" She had the whole audience sing with her on this one.

She had the audience snapping their fingers along with her on the Roger Miller classic "King of the Road". It was another sing along song.

McBride continued with the empowering anthem "This One's for the Girls" and the powerhouse vocal "Love's the Only House," where she played harmonica.

Other favorite of mine was when she sang "Broken Wing". She received a standing ovation for this song. It was awesome.

McBride closed her set with her signature tune "Independence Day," and received another standing ovation.

Martina then came back onto the stage and sang two more classic rock songs.

It was a great concert. Martina looked and sounded great.
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More on Martina:

Martina McBride has sold over 14 million albums in the US. Powerhouse ballads include "Broken Wing," " Concrete Angel," "Loves the Only House," "Whatever You Say," "Where Would You Be," "I'm Gonna Love You Through It," as well as her signature song "Independence Day." The country crooner's 20-year career has taken her to breathtaking heights with four CMA Female Vocalist of the Year trophies, three ACM Female Vocalist awards, a Grammy win, numerous national magazine covers and features, and appearances on such shows as VH1's "Divas," "Today Show," "20/20," "American Idol" and "Dancing With The Stars."

Still on her bucket list: being invited to sing the National Anthem on the Super Bowl and landing a song in a movie so she can perform on the Academy Awards' annual Oscars telecast. But more than anything, she just wants to continue doing what she's doing.

In 2010, after two decades in the music business, McBride inked a new record label (Republic Nashville), and with that came new management and a new producer. The result: a CD called Eleven. Her 11th studio album was released in 2011 and features 11 tracks. "Teenage Daughters," the CD's debut single, was released the week after Country Radio Seminar, and fans immediately recognized McBride's personal stamp in the lyrics. On tour and promoting new music, McBride is exhilarated by the chance to experience what she calls first-time opportunities the second time around.

For more on Martina McBride, go to http://martinamcbride.com/

Thanks For The Music Martina!


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