January 27, 2017   Written by Zack Tremblay | Photographed by Joseph Llanes

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Martina McBride is gearing up for the return of her Love Unleashed Tour presented by CMT’s Next Women of Country. Lauren Alaina will be joining Martina beginning on February 2nd in St Louis. Fans have a lot to look forward to as McBride opens up about the meaning behind the tour, recording a new Christmas album + resolutions she set for herself this year. Join me for an exclusive conversation with Martina McBride below.


With the tour being right around the corner, this is a very exciting time for Martina. “We actually did this tour for a few dates in the fall and just loved it so much. McBride admits that she was very disappointed when the tour came to an end but is thrilled they got the opportunity to carry it over to this year. “It’s such a great concept for a tour and the fans really seem to love it.” This time around Martina has partnered with CMT’s ‘Next Women of Country’. “They are very strong and supporting women in country music.” This is something Martina is extremely passionate about and has supported through her songs and charitable endeavors over the years. 


Lauren Alaina will be joining Martina on the road following the release of her brand new album ‘Road Less Traveled’. McBride admits, “Lauren Alaina is such a great singer. I’ve watched her over the past few years kind of struggle a little bit. Her determination is inspiring.” Now that Lauren has a hit on the radio, Martina has some words of wisdom for the young country star. “I think that it’s important to be true to yourself and to listen to your instincts. Sometimes we have a lot of pressure and a lot of people to do different things that might not feel right. I would just encourage her and all the other women starting out in this business who get pulled in a lot of different directions to just try and listen to their little inner voice and stay true to that.”


Martina shares that this tour is all about love. Despite all of the negative things happening around us, she wants her fans to leave the world outside for a couple of hours and share a common experience full of love and positivity. This concept for Martina started in her very own home. “I have an eleven year old daughter at home and I was just started to think about how all that constant twenty four seven coverage of all the bad things happening could affect her. I wanted to find a way to make it more positive.” That change for Martina’s family was as simple as watching less news, getting off the internet and listening to more music together as a family. McBride reveals, “It really made me realize that I want to create that type of space for my fans.” That is a goal many artists hope to achieve in their careers and Martina is certainly doing just that. 


The fans have a lot to look forward to when it comes to Martina’s set. Over the years she has released numerous hits including “Independence Day”, “Broken Wing”, “Anyway” and “Reckless” just to name a few. Aside from that, Martina shares “We’ve pulled out a couple of songs that we haven’t done in a really long time.” McBride reveals that she will close out the night with a powerful song. “It’s a classic song about love and I feel like our version of it is really fresh and different.” This moment is definitely set to leave the audience with a really powerful message. If you need an uplifting night, get your tickets to the Love Unleashed Tour!

Continue reading this exclusive interview with Martina McBride in the latest issue of Tremblay Magazine, here.