No 'Laughing' Matter
Martina McBride is both Everywoman and the Everywoman's superstar. A 40-year-old mother of three from Sharon, Kan., who has been married to husband John McBride since 1988, she is her audience. That mMartina McBride is both Everywoman and the Everywoman's superstar. A 40-year-old mother of three from Sharon, Kan., who has been married to husband John McBride since 1988, she is her audience. That may be one of the reasons that McBride -- whose new album, "Wake Up Laughing," is due this week via MCA Nashville -- has been one of country music's most consistent stars during her 15-year career.
The new set is the first to feature songs McBride has written. "The Warren Brothers were out touring with me and ... they said, 'We are here every day, we don't have anything to do all day long. Let's write a song,'" she recalls. "And I said, 'I'm not a songwriter. I don't write songs.' They came to me in catering one night with this idea for 'Anyway.' 'We started this idea for a song. Will you finish it with us?' And I said, 'I love that. I want that song. It's my song.' And they said, 'Well, you have to finish it with us.' So we sat down in the dressing room and in an hour we finished it up."
"I love the process of being able to, on the front end, really make the words fit me and kind of put my thoughts into the song," she continues. "I still don't have a desire to go to songwriting appointments every day. This is not my passion, but when you get something right and when you hit upon a line and it's finished and you can all look at each other and go, 'Wow, that's really great,' it is a great feeling, I have to say."
McBride, who had the No. 10 grossing country tour in 2006, according to Billboard Boxscore, will kick off a headlining arena tour with rising stars Little Big Town and Rodney Atkins April 12 in Kansas City. Keeping in line with her role as a wife and mother, McBride will tour only on the weekends so that she can be home with her family during the week.