Martina McBride is a Grammy nominated country singer. She joined her parents' band at the age of seven, and by her teens was singing and playing guitar at local gigs. She released her honky tonk-flavored debut album The Time Has Come in 1992. Her first big hit was the single "My Baby Loves Me" from her more pop-oriented second album, 1993's The Way That I Am. She became even more visible in 1994 with the crossover success of her anti-domestic violence anthem "Independence Day", also from this album.
Martina McBride is known as one of the top female vocalists in popular music. With a strong and pure soprano voice she has been labled the "Celine Dion of country music." She is noted for her vocal range, power, and use of minimal melisma.