Martina McBride to Headline Music City’s July 4th Celebration

McBride to Headline Music
City’s July 4
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Martina
McBride, four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and
three-time ACM Top Female Vocalist of the Year, will headline one of
the city’s signature events this summer – “Music City July 4th:
Let Freedom Sing!,” the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp
(NCVC) announced today. The show line-up will also include
GRAMMY®-nominated songwriter Mikky Ekko and the GRAMMY®-winning
Nashville Symphony Orchestra. The July 4th event will
feature live music and family activities throughout the afternoon and
evening, and the headlining concert will be followed by one of the
nation’s best fireworks displays choreographed to live music.
Music City July 4th: Let
Freedom Sing! has grown exponentially since its inception, with the
2014 event generating $7.63 million in direct visitor spending. City
officials estimated a record 284,000 people lined the streets of
Broadway to experience the live concert series and fireworks display.
This year’s “Music City July 4th:
Let Freedom Sing!” is presented by Dr Pepper and is sponsored by
Anderson Benson Insurance, Budweiser, Bud Light, Carl Black
Chevrolet, Durango Boots and Jack Daniel’s.
Hotel and attraction packages are
available by calling the NCVC at (800) 657-6910 or online at
Martina McBride grew up singing country
music in rural Kansas, accompanied by her father’s band. She first
made the country charts in 1992. Her hit records since then have
included such enduring classics as “Wild Angels,” “Safe in the
Arms of Love,” “Wrong Again,” “Blessed,” “My Baby Loves
Me,” “Life #9,” “Love’s the Only House,” “Whatever You
Say,” “Where Would You Be,” “In My Daughter’s Eyes,”
“When God Fearin’ Women Get the Blues” and “A Broken Wing.”
She is known for singing lyrics of substance and songs that challenge
listeners. Martina has addressed domestic violence in “Independence
Day,” female empowerment in “This One’s for the Girls,” child
abuse in “Concrete Angel,” alcoholism in “Cheap Whiskey,”
poverty in “God’s Will” and cancer in “I’m Gonna Love You
Through It.”
To date, she has had 20 top-10 hits and
six No. 1 smashes. As a result, Martina McBride is ranked as the most
played woman vocalist on country radio between 1999 and 2010, She was
honored with induction into the cast of the Grand Ole Opry in 1995.
Martina McBride has been awarded 14
Gold Records, nine Platinum honors, three Double Platinum Records and
two Triple Platinum awards and been recognized for selling over 18
million units. The Country Music Association has named her its Female
Vocalist of the Year four times. The Academy of Country Music has
presented her with its Top Female honor three times. The Recording
Academy has nominated her for 14 Grammy Awards.
Ekko’s belief in music’s
transformative power was instilled in him at a young age. He was born
John Stephen Sudduth in Shreveport, Louisiana, the son of a tar plant
manager turned minister. He grew up listening to classical music
(thanks to his mom) and classic rock (thanks to his dad), and began
imitating R&B singers like Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson as a
teen, “because I realized I could do runs,” he says. After
graduating from high school, Ekko did move to Nashville, and enrolled
in a music business course at a community college while trying to
find a gig fronting a band, figuring it was best way to impress
people with his voice. In Nashville, Ekko met the producers Tim Lauer
and Dan Hansen and self-released the music they created together as
an EP, Strange Fruit, in 2009. His efforts, as well as his
mesmerizing live performances, attracted management, who advised Ekko
to get off the road and focus on getting the music right. Once labels
and publishers heard the songs he had written with Eliot, Smith, and
Parker, including “Stay” and “Smile,” they clamored to sign
him, with RCA winning out in April 2012. A few months later, In
October, Ekko’s song “Feels Like The End” was used in the
season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy. Ekko’s songs have also
been heard on Orange Is The New Black, Homeland, and
Pretty Little Liars.
The mission of the Nashville Convention
& Visitors Corp is to maximize the economic contribution of the
convention and tourism industry to the community by developing and
marketing Nashville as a premier destination.

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