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article imageInterview with country star Martina McBride: 'Joy of Christmas' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Nov 20, 2013 in Entertainment
Four-time Country Music Association (CMA) "Female Vocalist of the Year" winner Martina McBride took some time from her schedule to talk about her upcoming "Joy of Christmas" tour.
On her "Joy of Christmas" tour, the acclaimed songstress remarked, "It is very visual and there are costume changes. It takes a lot of work to get it right, and we did that. We are doing basically the same show that we did last year. I wanted it to become a part of people's traditions. I feel that it's nice to have something familiar to see. We are starting rehearsals today, so we are looking forward to doing this show. It's always so much fun for us."
Her holiday tour will consist of live shows throughout the country. It wraps up on December 21 at the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
One of her "Joy of Christmas" tour stops will be on December 4 at the Ryman Auditorium, an iconic venue in Nashville, Tennessee. "That is amazing. I love performing there. We did a show there two years ago and it was sold out. Yesterday, I found out that this show is sold out. It's a special venue for me.It's my favorite place to play in the country, or in the Top 5 for sure. It's nice to be in your hometown and I am looking forward to doing this show, since I haven't done a Christmas show in Nashville for probably eight years. This will be the first time that a lot of people will get to see it," the country sensation said.
Last year, McBride had the good fortune to play at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury in Long Island, New York as part of her Christmas tour. "I loved it," she exclaimed.
She noted that her show at Westbury, which she played in the round, was "really defining" in a lot of ways. "It ended up being one of my favorite shows that I did last year. It was really about the songs and the people. When I went out in the audience and did the Q & A, it was like 'wow.' It was amazing and it had such great people," she explained.
Speaking of Christmas music, McBride sang "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" as part of Chris Mann's forthcoming PBS Christmas special. "It was fun," she said. "He is a really great singer and he has a beautiful voice. It's always a treat to sing with great singers. I loved it and I really enjoyed that."
McBride noted that a difference exists when she plays live vs. singing in the studio. "Live is much more spontaneous and it's about making connections. When I am on stage that is what I want to do: make connections with the audience and create a memory that we can share. Performing live is a treat for me. I love to do it," she said.
As far as her career goes, which spans over two decades, McBride shared that she is motivated by music. "I love music and I love creating music and performing and connecting with people and my fans. It's just the love of doing what I do that keeps it new, fresh and exciting for me," she said.
She went on to compliment her global volunteer charitable organization, Team Martina, for all of the hard work that they do, as well as for spreading the healing power of music. "Team Martina is amazing. It happened very organically. It's a group of fans that come to me and they asked if they could put my name on their T-shirt and raise money, and I said 'sure.' It has been growing and growing, and I have become involved. We are taking it to a whole different level. It's just amazing and I love the fact that it unites really people from all over the country and all over the world. We have people from different countries and different states. It's really about bringing people together and using music to make a difference and I love that," McBride said.
Throughout her career, she noted that she has had been afforded the privilege to do some really amazing duets with such artists as Bob Seger, Jimmy Buffett and others."I have been really lucky in the duet department," she said. "I like to keep that spontaneous."
She revealed that she would love to do a duet with one of her greatest musical heroines, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt. "I love her. That would be a lot of fun," she said. "I have listened to her as a kid and I love her voice and her music. She sounds so great."
For her loyal listeners and fans, which are affectionately known as "Martina Nation," she remarked, "The 'Joy of Christmas' tour is an amazing night and it's a special show. It is much more than coming out and singing Christmas songs. It's very visual and very rich in imagery and music. There are a lot of different songs and I think it's a great night for the whole family. I've had three generations come to the Christmas show before. That was a really special thing. I love the fact that everybody from 9 to 90 can enjoy it, and walk away with a great memory."
The country queen concluded our interview by sharing her definition of success. "Success is leaving the stage knowing that I have really connected with an audience. There are nights that is harder than others to connect for whatever reason, but at the end of the show, I always feel like we share something. The live experience is something that you cannot download or experience through somebody else. You have to really be there, and be present. I want to give people a great memory. For me, a successful show is a show in which I sing every note correctly and we have connected and we have created an intimate experience."
For more information on country superstar Martina McBride, visit her official website.
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