George Strait with Martina McBride
The native Texan ranks as one of the most celebrated American musicians of any genre and has sold nearly 70 million albums in the United States alone. To speak about his accomplishments would be to merely list the dozens of awards he has received from the Academy of Country Music Awards, Grammy Awards, CMT Awards, American Music Awards, and Country Music Association Awards. The singer has won them all. His music is organic and was cultivated on the rural plains of Texas where he was influenced by George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Frank Sinatra as well as the rugged cowboy lifestyle that reared him.
Strait joined the US Army in 1971 and began performing with the band "Rambling Country" on base while stationed in Hawaii. He returned to Texas after his army stint and enrolled at Texas State University where he joined the country group "Ace in the Hole". Eventually the band gained some recognition and was invited to open for the Texas Playboys. After touring for several years, George was approached by MCA Records who quickly signed Strait to a recording contract in 1981.
Strait released his first album Strait Country in 1981, but it wasn't until 1982's sophomore set Strait From the Heart that he scored his first #1 single "Fool Hearted Memory". Since then Strait has gone on to record a record 57 #1 tracks on country radio. His career spans over thirty years and he has 25 studio albums, 19 of which have hit #1 on the Country Albums charts. He has 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinum, and 38 gold albums under his belt and he has shown no signs of slowing down.
Strait's most recent album Twang marked his 26th studio release and it hit #1 on the Billboard 200 in 2009. Strait was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Country Album for the disc in 2009. He was also honored at the 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards with the Artist of The Decade Award and was named Billboard Magazines Country Music Artist of the past 25 years in 2010. Strait is truly an American recording legend, his music has spanned the decades and has captivated the ears of millions of fans. Use Eventful as your source for George Strait tour dates and concert schedule information as they become available.
Martina Mcbride: Her smooth vocals have garnered her comparisons to Celine Dion and her singles have solidified her as a country hit-making sensation. Since the early '90s, McBride has topped the Country, Contemporary Christian, and Adult Contemporary charts with her powerful ballads and inspiring uptempo pop hits. Martina McBride tour dates are currently scheduled across the US this Summer, 2011.
McBride's career began in the late '80s when her husband and sound engineer John McBride joined Garth Brooks' sound crew. Brooks was impressed with Martina's vocal abilities and her enthusiasm and offered her a position as one of his opening acts if, and only if, she secured a recording contract. As luck (or pure talent) would have it, McBride was signed to RCA Nashville Records in 1991. She released her debut album in 1992, "The Time Has Come", but its singles only received moderate airplay on the radio.
Her sophomore set proved to have more traction; in 1992 she released "The Way That I Am" and its lead-off single "My Baby Loves Me" hit #2 on the country charts. Her third single, "Independence Day", became her signature hit and won her a County Music Association Award for Video of the Year. The song tackled issues of domestic abuse and proved that McBride's talents went beyond her vocals as she frequently addresses social issues. Martina McBride tour dates were scheduled in the opening slot for Garth Brooks, as promised, throughout his 1992-94 touring season.
McBride released her third album, "Wild Angels," in 1995 and the title track became her first #1 single on the country charts. The album was certified platinum and McBride joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1996. Her breakthrough to country superstardom occurred with her fourth album, "Evolution" which featured the single "Valentine" with Jim Brickman. The single proved to be a pop-crossover hit and started a trend amongst country artists towards pop-fused productions. The album also featured the hit, "A Broken Wing", which featured McBride's soulful vocals. The album was certified multi-platinum and she won the CMA award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 1999 and was invited to perform for President Clinton. Martina McBride concert dates were scheduled on the women-themed "Lillith Fair" in 1999.
She released her fifth album "Emotion" in 1999 and scored three more top ten country singles. McBride finally had enough singles under her belt to release a Greatest Hits collection in 2001; the album featured the single "Blessed" and sold nearly three million copies becoming her biggest seller to-date. McBride kept her female anthems coming and in 2003 she released "Martina" which featured her hit single "This One's for the Girls", which became a #1 Adult Contemporary hit. In 2004, McBride won her fourth CMA Female Vocalist of the Year award, which tied her for the most wins with her idol, Reba McEntire.
In 2007, McBride released "Waking Up Laughing", and scheduled a national headlining tour through 2008 that was seen by over a quarter million people across the nation. McBride released her latest album, "Shine", in 2009 and scheduled a national co-headlining tour with Trace Adkins. After nearly twenty years, McBride left RCA Nashville Records and signed with Republic Nashville to start work on a new record. The as-yet untitled album is scheduled for a 2011 release. You may have seen McBride share the stage with Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera, Yolanda Adams and Florence Welch at the 53rd Grammy Awards where the girls paid tribute to Aretha Franklin. In addition to scheduled performances, and recording her new album, Martina McBride tour dates are currently scheduled across North America, this summer 2011. Her voice is unparalleled in country music, her hits have made her a legend, and her style has transcended all genres. Don't miss out on this soulful and brilliant act when she comes to your area. Use Eventful as your source for Martina McBride tour dates and concert schedule information.