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Martina McBride Biography

Birth Name:
Martina Mariea Schiff
Birth Place:
Medicine Lodge, Kansas, United States
Singer, actor

Fast Facts

  • Her first group was a family band her father formed called the Shiffters
  • She started singing with them at age 7 and continued to perform with them until she graduated high school
  • Got her break as the opening act for Garth Brooks in 1992
  • Made her acting debut in a 1994 episode of Baywatch
  • Won the CMA Video of the Year award for her 1994 hit "Independence Day," a song that nearly didn't get any airplay due to its controversial subject matter
  • Joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1995
  • Appeared in a 2003 episode of CMT's Crossroads with one of her childhood idols, Pat Benatar
  • Served as a guest coach for contestants on Canadian Idol in 2006 and on American Idol the following year
  • Is an active supporter of domestic-violence awareness and prevention programs, including the National Domestic Violence Hotline


  • Martin Schiff -- Brother
  • Steve Schiff -- Brother
  • Ava Rose Kathleen McBride -- Daughter
  • Delaney Katherine McBride -- Daughter
  • Emma Justine McBride -- Daughter
  • Daryl Schiff -- Father
  • Jeanne Schiff -- Mother
  • Gina Schiff -- Sister