Broken Records Magazine’s Markos Papadatos was afforded the exclusive privilege to interview Republic Nashville recording artist and country music sensation Martina McBride.
A four-time Country Music Association (CMA) Female Vocalist of the Year winner, McBride chatted with us at the “pink carpet,” prior to the “Martina McBride: Light Up The Sky” private concert which took place at the Empire State Building in New York City. McBride opened up about why the breast cancer cause is so important to her and what it felt like to perform at the Empire State Building, and also talked about her latest radio single “I’m Gonna Love You Through It.”
On the importance of raising breast cancer awareness, Martina McBride stated, “As a woman, I have three daughters, and it’s very important to me. Cancer can touch anyone at any time, and we need to find a cure.”
On performing at the legendary Empire State Building in a partnership with the Stanford Women’s Cancer Center and iHeartRadio, McBride exclaimed “It’s amazing! It’s such an honor for me. This is an iconic building. To be able to turn it ‘pink’ for Breast Cancer Awareness Month is really great,” the country queen remarked.
One of the seven songs that McBride performed tonight at the Empire State Building was her inspirational new single “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” co-written by Ben Hayslip, Jimmy Yeary and Sonya Isaacs, a song that is working its way up the Billboard Country Charts.
An equally compelling and powerful music video, directed by Roman White, was filmed for this single. It features actual breast cancer survivors, including several celebrities who were impacted by the disease, such as Sheryl Crow, Robin Roberts, Hoda Kotb, and Katie Couric.
When asked about how the idea came about to use real-life cancer survivors in the music video, rather than actors, McBride shared “It was really my idea.” “I felt like the song is so authentic and real, and I really wanted to use real people and not actors for that, and I just wanted them to tell their stories,” McBride told Broken Records Magazine.