On Oct. 25, country queen Martina McBride performed at New York City’s Beacon Theatre.
She opened with her up-tempo and energetic tune “One Night” from her latest album “Eleven.” “Hello! New York City,” McBride said. “Are you guys ready to have some fun here?”
It was followed by “Wrong Baby Wrong,” which she dubbed as a song about “good friends and drinking wine.”
“Thank you so much. Wow,” McBride exclaimed. “Look at all of you. We are so thrilled to be here. How are ya’ll doing? Tonight is about us and performing is about being able to make a memory and nobody can take that away.”
She continued with her “old-school” chart-topping ballad “Wrong Again” and she followed it with the sassy “Whatcha Gonna Do,” while the stage was graced in a purple backdrop.
Prior to performing “Teenage Daughters,” McBride stated that she is a mother to three daughters, two of which are teenagers.
She continued with yet another chart-topping hit “Blessed,” where Carolyn Dawn Johnson shined on backing vocals and it showcased the control in McBride’s voice.
Carolyn accompanied Martina on acoustic guitar and joined her on harmony and countermelody on “I Love You,” which was the theme song of the movie “Runaway Bride.”
Towards the end of the song, McBride asked the audience “do you love me too?” and the response was enormous. “I love you too,” the country songstress exclaimed. “This is fun,” she added.
“I’m Gonna Love You Through It” was the most moving vocal from her newest album and particularly impressive about this song is that she performed it while holding the hands of two women in the audience that were real-life breast cancer survivors, which made it even more emotional. She garnered a well-deserved standing ovation for this inspirational tune.
It was followed by the optimistic “She’ a Butterfly” where Carolyn Dawn Johnson on background vocals elevated it to another level and Carolyn played mandolin while Martina belted out the hypnotic “Safe in the Arms of Love,” which was equal in excellence to the rendition by Canadian country songstress Michelle Wright.
McBride delivered several covers from her “Timeless” album which included Lynn Anderson’s country classic “Rose Garden” and Kris Kristofferson’s “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” prior to belting out a melancholic rendition of the tear-jerker “Concrete Angel,” which she dedicated to her mega-fan Phi Mai.
She continued with “Marry Me,” a rendition of the Pat Monahan-penned tune, which she dedicated to a young couple that is getting married this weekend and followed it with “Wild Angels,” which was her first single to reach the top of the Billboard Hot Country Charts.
Other noteworthy tunes were “My Baby Loves Me,” as well as a medley of Rod Stewart’s “The First Cut Is the Deepest” and Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’.”
She had the audience snapping their fingers along with her on the Roger Miller classic “King of the Road” as she introduced her talented and versatile band members.
She continued with the empowering “This One’s for the Girls” and the powerhouse vocal “Love’s the Only House,” where she played harmonica.
In “Whatever You Say,” she showcased much range and soul and in “Broken Wing” she mesmerized the New York crowd by holding the final “fly” note for an incredible 14 second span. Both of these vocals earned her lengthy standing ovations.
McBride closed her 23-song set with her signature tune “Independence Day.”
“Thank you New York! We love you. Take care of one another. We’ll see you next time,” she concluded.
“The concert was truly unbelievable,” remarked Phi Mai. “Martina definitely made my dreams come true that night. When she started singing ‘Concrete Angel,’ I literally broke down into tears. It meant the world to me when Martina dedicated it to me. From being on ‘Anderson Live,’ to having dinner at Madison and Vine, to backstage passes and lovely orchestra seats, my whole experience has been amazing. Martina has definitely made a huge impact on my life and I cannot thank her enough. I will forever and always be her No. 1 superfan,” Mai added.
In summation, Martina put on a fabulous concert at the Beacon Theatre. McBride is not only an exceptional vocalist, but she is a true storyteller and a gifted performer who is unafraid to showcase her raw emotions and vulnerability to the crowd.
The Country Music Association (CMA) awards are coming up next week and if the voters have any difficulty in deciding who should be declared “Female Vocalist of the Year” all they need to see is a highlight reel of tonight’s concert. That’ll prove to them beyond a reasonable doubt that the woman that should reclaim the country throne is Martina McBride.
Recently, she has partnered with General Mills’ “Save Lids to Save Lives” to help raise breast cancer awareness. More information on this great cause can be obtained here at their official website.
Concert rating: A+