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Country singer Martina McBride got her start opening for Garth Brooks in the 1990s and quickly became one of the most successful female country singers of all time.
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Garth Brooks' sound crew, and Martina performed odd jobs for a while, including selling T-shirts at Garth Brooks concerts. She finally caught the attention of Brooks in 1990, and he offered her a chance to be his opening act if she could land a recording contract. With a demo recorded by her husband, she finally signed with RCA and began touring. Her 1992 debut album, The Time Has Come, was followed by her 1993 hit album The Way That I Am. The album's her first hit single, "My Baby Loves Me," jumped to No. 2 on the music charts, followed by "Life #9", which also made it into the Top 10. Her song "Independence Day," about domestic abuse won her Video of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1994.
The next year, McBride released Wild Angels, and the title single became her first No. 1 single. That same year, she was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Her next album, Evolution (1997), became a Top 10 hit and a double-platinum record. It also brought McBride a string of hits, including "Valentine," "Happy Girl," "A Broken Wing" and "Wrong Again." The project finally pushed McBride into the spotlight, and earned her critical acclaim; she earned her first CMA award for Female Vocalist of the Year in 1999, and was selected to perform for President Bill Clinton. Greatest Hits (2001) album, which included four new singles. A studio album, Martina, followed in 2003. The record's appeal resonated with audiences in both the country and pop music genres, and landed McBride two Top 10 singles on the Adult Contemporary chart: "The One's for the Girls" and "In My Daughter's Eyes." The success of the singles also caught the attention of the Academy of Country Music, who awarded her the 2003 Top Female Vocalist trophy, as well as the Country Music Association, who presented her with the Female Vocalist of the Year title.
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