On Friday, October 14, 2011, country star Martina McBride performed a private concert at the legendary Empire State Building, as part of “Martina McBride: Light Up the Sky,” in a partnership with the Stanford Women’s Cancer Center and iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s free, industry-leading digital radio service. The country songstress lit the Empire State Building pink, in an effort to raise breast cancer awareness. The event was broadcasted exclusively on Clear Channel Radio’s official websites.
The Stanford Women’s Cancer Center, under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Berek, is known for providing world class medical care and treatment for women with gynecological cancer; moreover, the Center offers support groups, top-notch care, and a warm environment for the women that are affected with cancer, as well as their families.
McBride opened her set with the energetic and fun “One Night,” which ironically enough, is the opening track of her latest CD Eleven.
“Hello New York City… We’re at the Empire State Building,” said McBride. “Thank you so much!”
She continued, “As you can imagine, I am honored to be here tonight and be the first performer ever at the Empire State Building. I’m very honored to be able to do this today.”
Prior to performing “Always Be This Way,” McBride revealed that she wrote half of the songs on Eleven, and disclosed that she wrote “Always Be This Way” over “some really good Mexican food.” It was followed by her “sassy” song “Whatcha Gonna Do,” and her “sexy” song “You Can Get Your Lovin’ Right Here,” which she co-wrote with Leslie Satcher, who is responsible for writing her smash up-tempo hit “When God Fearin’ Women Get the Blues.”
In her debut single “Teenage Daughters,” which she co-wrote with the Warren Brothers, McBride paid a tribute to her three daughters, two of which are teenagers.
McBride talked about Amtrak and how it was a “life-changing” journey for her, and stated that “it really hit” her. “It doesn’t get any better than this even tonight!” McBride exclaimed.
When she introduced her latest single “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” she shared that her immediate reaction upon hearing this tune was similar to that she experienced when she initially heard her signature song “Independence Day.” She noted that she felt compelled to cut “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” especially since it has the power to lift somebody up, as well as to make a difference.
After delivering a stellar vocal performance of “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” showcasing her trademark pipes, she thanked the audience and dedicated it to “all the breast cancer survivors out there.”
Following her six-song set, McBride returned for her seventh and final song of the evening, the inspirational Journey classic “Don’t Stop Believin,’” which she had the audience singing along to it.
“Thank you! God Bless Ya’ll,” McBride concluded prior to blowing a goodbye kiss to the audience.
In summation, Martina McBride gave an exquisite private concert in New York City’s iconic Empire State Building. She looked stunning and sounded better than ever. She truly gave the audience an unforgettable night of music. Simply put, Martina McBride is a natural singer with a big heart who is known for fighting causes that are dear to her, such as domestic violence, child abuse, and now breast cancer!
Readers who enjoyed this article, might also be interested in reading Broken Records Magazine’s review of Martina McBride’s Eleven album, as well as our review of McBride’s empowering new single “I’m Gonna Love You Through It.”