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Martina McBride performing Aug. 8 at Bob Hope Theater

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Martina McBride performing Aug. 8 at Bob Hope Theater

Martina McBride

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POSTED April 27, 2012 12:00 a.m.

STOCKTON — Country music superstar Martina McBride is performing Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the Bob Hope Theater.

Tickets go on Sale Thursday, May 3, at 10 a.m. through all Ticketmaster Outlets and the Stockton Arena Box Office at www.stocktonarena.com

After two decades in the music business, McBride is starting over. Now signed to Republic Nashville, with new management (Clint Higham of Morris Artists Management), a new co-producer (Byron Gallimore), newly spotlighted songwriting skills (she penned over half the songs on Eleven, her new CD), and a brand new spirit of accomplishment, Martina is swinging into high gear. And she couldn’t be more thrilled.

“It really feels like starting over for me — but with a track record and with the success and experience I’ve had over the years,” she explains. “I feel more mature and more confident, which comes with knowing yourself better. And there are a lot of opportunities now that I haven’t had in a long time.”

Perhaps the most significant aspect of Eleven is the fact that Martin herself co-wrote six of the 11 tracks on the album, something she’s especially proud of. In the past, she admits she wasn’t always secure about her songwriting, but this album has brought her newfound confidence.

“Teenage Daughters,” Martina’s debut single for Republic Nashville, was released the week after Country Radio Seminar, and fans immediately recognized Martina’s personal stamp in the lyrics. The viewpoint clearly echoes the highs and lows of being a mom with unpredictable teenage daughters and struck a deep chord with fans of all ages. Her follow-up single, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” wasn’t penned by the singer but touched Martina personally the very first time she heard it.

“It’s such a powerful song. The first time I listened to ‘I’m Gonna Love You Through It,’ I was moved by what it says,” Martina explains. “I thought immediately, ‘This song is going to help someone.’ I had the same reaction to it that I did the when I heard ‘Independence Day’ for the first time. Even though I haven’t gone through anything like this with someone close to me, I still feel like people listening to this song will find some hope or the words to say what they’re feeling. When I played this song for my husband John, his first reaction was, “That’s what I would want to say to you.’” The song’s video showcases cancer survivors and their supporters as they courageously live their lives. Among those appearing in the video are singer Sheryl Crow, “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, “Today” show anchor Hoda Kotb, and well-known television journalist Katie Couric.

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