Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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May 4, 2014

Martina McBride to perform at EPC

Performer talks to EDN about her upcoming tour and why she loves the Midwest

EFFINGHAM — Martina McBride’s new album “Everlasting” is a bit of a departure from her country sound that she is known for. But as the title states, the songs on the new album are timeless.

McBride is taking the music from the album on tour and one of the first places the tour will kick off is Effingham Performance Center.

“We want to play as many places as we can,” said McBride excited to get share the music with audiences across the country.

The Midwest holds a special place for McBride, who grew up in Kansas, which will be the first stop on her tour. She will perform in Effingham the next day.

“I love the Midwest, it’s home to me,” she said.

The album covers soul and pop classics, such as “Suspicious Minds,” “To Know Him is to Love Him,” and a collaboration with Gavin DeGraw, who performed recently at EPC, on “Bring It On Home To Me.”

While McBride’s predominant influence growing up was country music, learning about such legends as Hank Williams Patsy Cline, she also was exposed to R&B legends, such as Ray Charles. The album, she said, is something she always wanted to do, but was looking for the right time.

“This is a little bit different sound and experience. I want it to be visual, as well as musical experience throwback to Motown shows,” she said of the live show.

McBride hopes concert-goers will be singing and dancing along to the show.

“It’s a really, really fun show. I love to perform live,” she said.

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. And she has been nominated for 14 Grammy awards.

More information about McBride is available at www.martinamcbride.com.

McBride’s performance is set for 8 p.m. Friday, May 9, at Effingham Performance Center. Tickets range from $66 to $91 and are available on Ticketmaster or at the performance center box office at 217-540-2788.

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