Martina McBride exhibition opens soon at the Country Music Hall of Fame

Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum explore the music and legacy of an influential singer Martina McBride in the exhibition Martina McBride: the power of her voice.

Martina McBride: the power of her voice opens July 30, 2021, and will run until August 7, 2022. McBride, known for hits such as “Independence Day” and “A Broken Wing”, has ranked as one of the most powerful voices in country music, holding four CMA singer of the year award. The Kansas native released her first label in 1992 and had her first Top Ten single on Billboard‘s country charts in 1993 with “My Baby Loves Me”. In 2019, the Academy of Country Music awarded him the Cliffie Stone Icon Award for his contributions to country music.

Born July 29, 1966, Martina Mariea Schiff grew up on a dairy and wheat farm in Sharon, Kansas, population 200. At the age of seven, she began playing with the family band, the Schiffters. After moving to Wichita, Kansas, she performed in rock bands at area clubs and met sound engineer John McBride, whom she married in 1988. After returning home to sing with the Schiffters during a group battle, she decided to move to Nashville and sing country music.

The McBrides moved to Nashville in January 1990, as country music exploded in popularity. John began working as an audio engineer on concert tours and in 1991 became production manager for Garth Brooks. So that the newlyweds could spend more time together, Martina accepted a job on the Brooks tour selling t-shirts. She made a demo recording of five songs to present to record companies. To get the demo to RCA Records’ talent scouts, she went beyond the company’s strict guidelines for submitting new material by writing, in large print, “REQUESTED MATERIAL” on bright purple packaging, even though RCA did not. hadn’t asked for the tape. The strategy worked. RCA signed a recording contract with McBride in 1991.

Martina McBride, who will mark her 30th year as a recording artist in 2022, illustrates how country artists can be successful by reflecting their changing times and addressing social issues in songs.

Articles featured in Martina McBride: the power of her voice include awards, stage clothing, handwritten lyrics, and personal artifacts. Some highlights:

  • Shirt, waistcoat and pants set worn on stage by McBride when performing at the age of seven with her family group the Schiffters
  • The 1984 McBride Sharon High School Yearbook
  • The beaded headband and tulle veil worn by Martina during her wedding to John McBride, May 15, 1988
  • Original handwritten manuscript by songwriter Gretchen Peters for “Independence Day”
  • Letter from Dolly Parton to McBride congratulating her on being named Country Music Association Vocalist of the Year in 2003
  • Jenny Packham dress, embellished with rhinestones, pearls and sequins, worn by McBride on the cover of her 2007 album Wake up laughing
  • CMA singer of the year award presented to McBride in 1999, 2002-2004
  • ACM Vocalist of the Year Award given to McBride in 2001-2003

In support of the exhibition opening, McBride will participate in a conversation and performance at the museum’s CMA Theater on Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 2 p.m., discussing his career and sharing personal stories and memories associated with the included artifacts. in Martina McBride: the power of her voice. Tickets will be available on on Friday July 2.

More information about this exhibition can be found at

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