The 'Celine Dion of country music' Martina McBride remains on top
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Martina McBride earned the nickname 'Celine Dion of country music' because she's one of the genre's best ballad performers and has an amazing vocal range. It's no wonder that for more than two decades, she's been not only on top of the charts but also one of the most loved artists in her field.

The Kansas native has a long list of awards that would make any singer in any genre jealous. She is tied with Reba McEntire as the only two women to win the Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year award four times (in 1999, 2002, 2003, and 2004). She was the Academy of Country Music's Top Female Vocalist in 2001 and 2002, and their Humanitarian of the Year in 2003. McBride has also been recognized by the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, BMI, and ASCAP. Interestingly, although she's received a whopping fourteen Grammy award nominations, that trophy has continued to elude her.

Commercially, in the 1990s four of her five albums were certified Platinum by the RIAA, with 1997's Evolution reaching triple Platinum status. The following decades, three of her four records achieved certifications: 2003's Martina went double Platinum, 2005's Timeless was Platinum, and 2007's Waking Up Laughing was recognized as Gold. She's had five singles top Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart - 1995's "Wild Angels," 1997's "A Broken Wing," 1998's "Wrong Again," 1999's "I Love You," and 2001's "Blessed."

But perhaps the greatest indicator of McBride's success is how her songs have struck chords with country music audiences, particularly those that empower women, such as "Independence Day" and "This One's For The Girls." Having worked with a number of charities including the National Domestic Violence Hotline, National Network to End Domestic Violence, and the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline, McBride is not only a vocally powerful performer, but someone who has used her music and her stature to help empower others. Her good works, coupled with her musical talent, make her one of the great female performers working today.

And she keeps good company besides: McBride has also worked with Chris Mann, Train lead singer Pat Monahan, and Jim Brickman, to name just a few of the artists that she's collaborated or shared the stage with over her lengthy career. Those collaborations only add more interesting colors to a musical resume that shines with both commercial achievement and popular resonance.

Martina McBride's newest album, Everlasting, is available now after reaching the number one spot on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. To find out when and where this country superstar is performing near you, or to learn more about her latest music, keep up with Martina McBride at AXS.