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Martina McBride announces Christmas album and tour along with new cookbook

The singer is lining up a busy second half of the year.

Martina McBride
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Martina McBride has her eyes set on Christmas and it’s only August!

The iconic Country singer will release her new 9-track festive album It’s The Holiday Season on 19th October 2018. It will be her first since partnering with record label BMG.

For the album McBride collaborated with the late Patrick Williams, who arranged more than 35 world-class musicians to play on it. The album was recorded at Capitol Studio in Los Angeles and Blackbird Studio in Nashville.

The collection will be the second festive set from McBride following 1998’s multi-platinum White Christmas.

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“It’s been exactly 20 years since I released White Christmas. With that album I wanted to make it classic and something that would stand the test of time, which I feel like it has done. I wanted to accomplish the same thing with It’s The Holiday Season, but with a different feel. So I decided to make most of the album with a big-band swing vibe that takes you back to the Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald records. We recorded more of the pop Christmas numbers that lend themselves to that kind of feel rather than the focusing on the hymns like we did with White Christmas. I think they are great companion pieces and my hope is that they will both be enjoyed for years to come.” says McBride.

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McBride will support the album release with the return of her The Joy of Christmas Tour. Each date will feature a local orchestra and the tour includes three nights at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

“When I stood in the studio listening to that 38 piece band play, I knew I wanted to take it on the road. I am so excited to bring this music to life on stage and bring some of the joy of the season to people. Performing with the symphonies will be such a grand and unique experience for me. I can’t wait!” says McBride.

The full dates are:

November 23, 2018 – Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage
November 24, 2018 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre
November 25, 2018 – Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium
November 29, 2018 – Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center
November 30, 2018 – Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center
December 1, 2018 – Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center
December 4, 2018 – Atlanta, GA – Atlanta Symphony Hall
December 6, 2018 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
December 7, 2018 – Dallas, TX – Majestic Theatre
December 8, 2018 – Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre

Tickets and more information can be found at

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Ahead of her Christmas activities, McBride is releasing new cookbook Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life on 30th October. The book features neasrly 300 pages of family recipes and new creations.

“When I find a delicious recipe I can’t wait to share it, just like when I find a great song”, says McBride. “So I’m excited to share what I am cooking right now in my own kitchen for my family and friends. These are some of my very favorite recipes I’ve created since the last book, as well as some family recipes that have been handed down to me. I feel like this book has a good balance of health-conscious dishes and a few recipes for when you want to splurge, which represents the way I eat in real life”, she adds.

Fans can meet Martina and get a signed copy of her new cookbook at the following dates:

October 13, 2018 – New York City Wine & Food Festival – New York, NY 3:00pm
October 27, 2018 – Country Music Hall of Fame – Nashville, TN 1:00pm
October 30, 2018 – Books & Greetings – Northvale, NJ 7:00pm
November 1, 2018 – NBC Store – New York, NY 11:30am
November 11, 2018 – Vroman’s Bookstore – Los Angeles, CA TBD
November 18, 2018 – Parnassus Books – Nashville, TN 2:00pm
December 3, 2018 – Eagle Eye Book Store – Atlanta, GA 7:00pm

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