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Take a Tour Inside Martina McBride's Almost-100-Year-Old (and Now Ghost-Free) Nashville Home
"It felt like someone giving you a warm hug” is how Martina McBride describes first stepping into the six-bedroom, neoclassical-style home just five miles from downtown Nashville, which she purchased 16 years ago. “I knew our family had to live here,” she says, even though it meant the four-time Country Music Association award winner and her husband, production manager John McBride, had to borrow money to afford -- and make livable -- the home that was built in 1917. “We gutted it. But each time I walked into this house after being on the road, I knew I was working toward something.”
Today, the 13,000-square-foot property welcomes guests with the scent of sandalwood-infused candles and the echoes of an outdoor waterfall. Perched on an oversized linen couch in the family room, McBride, 49, sees the home as a respite between stops on the tour promoting her 13th album, Reckless (Nashville Icon), which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart earlier this year. The album’s peace-seeking themes are a departure for the woman who rose to fame with a breakthrough hit about burning down a house, “Independence Day,” in 1994. Fans have even turned the title of the album’s inspirational song “Just Around the Corner” into a hashtag for hopeful messages. “It’s a great feeling to offer people music that can heal,” McBride says of the record. “We’re having a rough time as a nation right now.”
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This article originally appeared in the August 6 issue of Billboard.