Back when Martina McBride had just signed her very first record deal, she dreamed of having 10 years of excellence and greatness for her career and her wish did come true.

About three decades later, Martina McBride draws fans to close out Freeborn County Fairgrounds’ Grandstand during her concert Saturday night. Prior to her concert, Martina McBride promised fans to show them something new, along with some of her greatest classics. When the renowned singer dished out on some “new stuff”, she was referring to “Reckless”, her newest album. It has been released since April 2016. According to Martina McBride, she drew inspiration from all women when she was recording for “Reckless”. She was singing the lyrics to herself, her three lovely daughters, and to “every woman out there.”

During her concert, McBride fueled her audience with positivity in light of all the women through “Reckless” and “Diamond”. Both her songs and performances earned favorable reactions from the crowd. When asked why she chose to represent women in her latest album, she explains, “I feel like as women we wear a lot of hats. We are a lot of things to a lot of people, we take care of everybody around us, we try really hard to be perfect—which we are most of the time. But this song is about the fact that it is OK not to be perfect all the time. You’ve got to let that go and just love yourself for who you are.

She further shares details on her background while she was growing up in Kansas. Growing up on a farm, McBride was exposed to the music of country genre’s most exemplary artists and legends like Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, and Hank Williams.

Aside from mesmerizingly written and arranged girl power-charged anthems from her latest
album, McBride serenaded the audience with a few of her 90’s and early 2000’s hits such as, “When God-Fearin’ Women Get the Blues”, “Wild Angels”, “This One’s For The Girls”, “Concrete Angel”, “Blessed”, and “Anyway”. To add to the crowd’s excitement, the beloved artist did her own rendition of Loretta Lynn’s “You Ain’t Woman Enough”.

The successful country singer has been working hand-in-hand with organizations that strive to put an end to cancer and domestic abuse. She was also able to introduce a ballad that spoke of the relationship that surrounded a person diagnosed with a terminal illness like cancer. The song was titled “I’m Gonna Love You Through It”, and was released about a week following the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in the exact venue where McBride held her latest concert.

Martina McBride’s talent has garnered her over 15 major music awards, along with winning the Female Vocalist of the Year from the Country Music Association four times. She was also awarded Top Female Vocalist by Academy of Country Music Awards thrice.

The concert that was held on Saturday at the Grandstand was the first time for McBride and her crew to ever hold a performance in Albert Lea. As a parting shot, McBride tells her fans, “I promise to come back if you promise to come back”, even in the midst of her promise to slow down from her career to make more time for her family.