Martina McBride reflects on her first 25 years in the music industry


Twenty-five years ago this month, a young singer from Kansas released her first RCA album, The Time Has Come. While none of the set's three singles cracked the top 20 on the Hot Country Songs chart, the project helped land Martina McBride the opening spot on the Garth Brooks tour that year and set her up for the massive success to come that began with her follow-up album, The Way That I Am. Since then, she has notched 14 gold, nine platinum, three double-platinum and two-triple platinum sales certifications and has won five Country Music Association Awards, four of them for female vocalist of the year. On June 21, McBride will be honored with the Artist Career Achievement Award from trade group Country Radio Broadcasters. Here, she reflects on her first quarter-century in the business.

Looking back on the past 25 years, what are you most proud of having accomplished?

Having some songs that made a difference to people, songs that people could kind of take ownership of and attach themselves to, songs that made them feel something or made them feel like they're not alone. That's really the reason why I'm still here.

Was choosing powerful songs innate or something you learned how to do?

There's always this instinct with me with songs. [It either] moved me or it didn't. There was really no grand plan to find those kinds of songs. I never set out looking for a song like "Independence Day" or "A Broken Wing"; they just came to me. There's [been] some times, when looking back, I've wondered if recording so many of those songs was a good thing to do, because even though they resonated with people, you want to have a well-balanced [set].

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 3: Martina McBride backstage at Country in the City 1992 at Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park on October 3, 1992 in San Francisco California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
John Michael Montgomery, Martina McBride, and Linda Davis (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Martina McBride during 1994 Country Music 'Fanfest' at Pomona Fairgrounds in Pomona, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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Martina McBride during 30th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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Martina McBride during The 24th Annual American Music Awards at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Brian Austin Green and Martina McBride at the 24th Annual American Music Awards, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Martina McBride during 'Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Taylor: A Celebration of Life' at The Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Martina McBride during 33rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at Universal Ampitheater in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Martina McBride and daughter during Martina McBride Sighting at Los Angeles International Airport - April, 21, 1997 at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Martina McBride during Martina McBride Performs in Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. (Photo by Mark Peterman/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1523 -- Pictured: (l-r) Musical guest Martina McBride performs on January 6, 1999 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Martina McBride during The 41st Annual GRAMMY Awards - Arista Records Pre-GRAMMY Party at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Martina McBride during 34th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at Universal Ampitheater in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1523 -- Pictured: (l-r) Singer Martina McBride, host Jay Leno during an interview on January 6, 1999 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
1/4/99 Los Angeles, CA Martina McBride at the 42nd annual Grammy Awards nominations. Photo Brenda Chase Online USA
Martina Mcbride during The 42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
2/23/00 Los Angeles, CA. Martina McBride at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards. Photo by Ryan Scott/Online USA, Inc.
Martina McBride during The 35th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards - Arrivals and Press Room at Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
Martina McBride arrives for the 34th Annual CMA Awards at the Grand Old Opry in Nashville, TN, 10/4/00. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1889 -- Pictured: Musical guest Martina McBride performs on August 9, 2000 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
383938 15: Country artist Martina McBride performs during the 28th Annual American Music Awards January 8, 2001 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Newsmakers)
Martina McBride on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' at the NBC Studios in Los Angeles, Ca. 9/25/01. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
Martina McBride during The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation's 7th 'Grand Slam for Children' Fundraiser - Show at The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 6: Singer Martina McBride poses backstage during the 36th Annual CMA Awards (Country Music Association) at the Grand Ole Opry House on November 6, 2002 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Bob Schatz/Getty Images)
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Martina McBride, winner of Best Female Vocalist (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Martina McBride during 38th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards - Arrivals at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Bill Davila/FilmMagic)
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NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 5: (l-r) Singer Martina McBride accepts the award for 'Female Vocalist of the Year' from Faith Hill at the '37th Annual CMA Awards' at the Grand Ole Opry House November 5, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK - MAY 14: Singer Martina McBride performs on the 'Today Show' in Rockefeller Center, May 14, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Eells/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 9: Martina McBride arrives at the 38th Annual CMA Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House November 9, 2004 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rusty Russell/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 15: Singer Martina McBride attends the 39th Annual Country Music Association Awards at Madison Square Garden November 15, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Martina McBride during The 39th Annual CMA Awards - SONY BMG After Party - Red Carpet at Gotham Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage for Sony BMG Music Entertainment)
Martina McBride during 41st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards - Arrivals at MGM Grand Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Martina McBride (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage)
Martina McBride during CMA Music Festival - Nightly Concert at The Coliseum - Day 3 at The Coliseum in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage)
Martina McBride during The 40th Annual CMA Awards - Arrivals at Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage)
Martina McBride during Perfect Stranger New York Premiere - Arrivals at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: Country music star Martina McBride performs during NBC News' 'Today' kick-off Concert Series on May 11, 2007 (Photo by Heidi Gutman/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 24: Martina McBride performs during the NBC 'Today Show' concert series at Rockefeller Center on August 24, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
Musician Martina McBride attends the 42nd Annual CMA Awards at the Sommet Center on November 12, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Tony R. Phipps/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS - APRIL 05: Musician Martina McBride arrives at the 44th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand on April 5, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 13: Martina McBride performs at the 2009 CMA Music Festival at LP Field on June 13, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 16: Martina McBride attends the 2009 CMT Music Awards at the Sommet Center on June 16, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 11: Martina McBride and George Strait perform onstage during the 43rd Annual CMA Awards at the Sommet Center on November 11, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 16: Singer/Songwriter Martina McBride performs during the Music City Keep on Playin' benefit concert at the Ryman Auditorium on May 16, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
THE CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL - The ABC Summer Block Party is back and ready to rock at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. The party got started on Friday, June 11, continued through Saturday, June 12 (11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., CT). The premiere Country Music festival will be taped for a special, 'CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock,' airing Wednesday, September 1 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. (Photo by Jon LeMay/ABC via Getty Images) MARTINA MCBRIDE
TODAY -- Pictured: Martina McBride appears on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 09: Musician Martina McBride attends the launch party for Popcorn Sutton's Tennessee White Whiskey at the Marathon Building on November 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 10: ***EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE*** Pat Monahan of the rock band Train and country singer/songwriter Martina McBride perform during a Taping Of CMT Crossroads at Rocketown on November 10, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. CMT Crossroads Premieres Saturday, November 20 at 8pm EST on CMT. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT: Country Music Television)
PEMBROKE PINES, FL - JANUARY 30: Martina McBride performs at the 99.9 Kiss Country Chili Cook Off on January 30, 2011 in Pembroke Pines, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 03: Singer/songwriter Martina McBride arrives at the 46th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards RAM Red Carpet held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rick Diamond/ACMA2011/Getty Images for ACM)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 14: Martina McBride performs during a taping for CMTâs INVITATION ONLY premiering Monday, October 17, 2011 at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT on April 14, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)
NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 22: Martina McBride and Kelly Clarkson attends the 2011 Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony induction at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on May 22, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Ed Rode/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 08: Singers Martina McBride (L) and Shania Twain (R) attend the 2011 CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: Musician Martina McBride visits the Empire State Building and lights it pink on October 14, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Big Machine)
HOLLYWOOD, FL - NOVEMBER 14: Martina McBride performs during the WKIS Country Stars and Guitars concert at Hard Rock Live! in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on November 14, 2011 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 10: Recording artist Martina McBride performs during the opening night of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on March 10, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for The Smith Center)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Martina McBride attends the Broadway opening night of 'Ghost, The Musical' at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 29: Martina McBride performs at the 2012 Stagecoach Country Music Festival - Indio, CA - Day 3 on April 29, 2012 in Indio, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Singers Luis Fonsi (L) and Martina McBride perform onstage at the 2012 NCLR ALMA Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on September 16, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NCLR)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 16: Singer/Songwriter Martina McBride performs at Darius Rucker's induction into The Grand Ole Opry on October 16, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 08: Martina McBride performs during the Rays Summer Concert Series at Tropicana Field on June 8, 2013 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 22: Martina McBride and George Strait perform during Playin' Possum! The Final No Show Tribute To George Jones - Show at Bridgestone Arena on November 22, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 30: Martina McBride performs at The Louisville Palace on November 30, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Stephen J. Cohen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 24: Singer Martina McBride attends the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Carole King at Los Angeles Convention Center on January 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Singer Martina McBride attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 06: Singer Martina McBride attends the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rick Diamond/ACMA2014/Getty Images for ACM)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 10: Martina McBride visits 'EXTRA' at Westfield Century City on April 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images for Extra at Westfield Century City)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 26: Martina McBride performs during the 2014 Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on October 26, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/WireImage)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 19: Singer-songwriter Martina McBride performs onstage during the 50th Academy Of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on April 19, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for dcp)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 19: Singer-songwriter Martina McBride attends the 50th Academy Of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on April 19, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 27: Martina McBride (pictured) In Conversation With Dave Stewart To Promote His New Book 'Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This: A Life In Music' at Two Old Hippies on February 27, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 03: Martina McBride attends the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MAY 01: Singer Martina McBride attends the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards at The Forum on May 01, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MAY 01: (L-R) Jennifer Nettles, Martina McBride and Cam perform at the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards at The Forum on May 1, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MAY 01: Martina McBride performs on stage at the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards at The Forum on May 1, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02: Martina McBride performs at the AT&T AUDIENCE Network Concert Series on May 02, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harmony Gerber/WireImage)
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Looking out and seeing the faces of your fans singing those songs back to you in concert probably erased any doubts.

Yeah. After the fact it's never as scary as before.

You came out at a time when there were so many wonderful, strong female artists on the radio. Did you ever think we would live through Tomatogate, and why did you take such a vocal stand against it at the time on social media?

That interview that I read with that consultant made me mad. I just thought it was so unfair and so arrogant. I'm not a radio consultant, but I do have pretty regular contact with a lot of country music fans, and just the fact that you can make a blanket statement that women don't want to hear other women on the radio just seemed asinine to me. So late one night [after] I read that, I [decided to] ask some people on my Facebook if that's how they feel, because if it is how they feel, I'm really out of touch. And if it isn't how they feel, then I want to know that, too ...; It was shocking to hear somebody say that and speak for so many people that obviously did not feel that way, so it just felt like the right time to ...; get the conversation started.

Many artists have endured vocal problems in their career. Has that ever affected you? If so, how did you work through it?

I never really had any physical issues as far as polyps or anything like that that would require voice rest or surgery, but the voice does change as you get older. I went through a bout of bronchitis about five years ago. I went ahead and sang and toured and [grew] into some bad habits that I'm now working with someone to unravel. There are little things that can build up if you don't pay attention. It's a muscle, so as [I] get older, I find that I have to sing every day. I used to just sing onstage or just sing around the house or car. It's like an athlete, so it's really important to keep [it] in shape.

Interesting to hear that a world-class vocalist like you needs a vocal coach.

There's a stigma to it nobody wants to talk about. I'm not comparing myself to Michael Jordan, but he had a great natural ability but still needed a coach. I always used to feel like it was a bad thing, like it meant that you didn't know what you were doing, but that's not really it all. I wish I had had training when I was younger. I didn't have any. All I did was open my mouth, and whatever came out came out. I think that if I had had some training when I was younger it would have benefited me.

What's next from you on your current deal with Nash Icon Records?

We're recording a new Christmas album. I actually go out to Los Angeles on May 25 and 26 to record that. I'm making kind of a big band, swing kind of Christmas album, kind of classic-sounding [with] legendary arranger Patrick Williams.

Your charity Team Music Is Lovesupports so many great projects and causes. How do you choose them?

We do a lot of stuff in the towns in which we tour. We look at the need in the community, and usually 99 percent of the time it's hunger, so we work with a lot of food banks. We've also worked in women's shelters, and we started a music program in Guatemala for young girls they've rescued off the street. We also raise money for breast cancer research grants. What I love about it is that it's not focused on one thing, [although it is focused] a little bit heavily on causes that benefit women and children. It started out as a very grass-roots thing called Team Martina, and then just last year I thought it needed a better name, so we changed the name to Team Music Is Love. It's just a really inclusive thing that connects people through music.

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: ASCAP Award recipient, singer-songwriter Garth Brooks performs during the ASCAP Centennial Awards at The Waldorf Astoria on November 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: ASCAP Award recipient, singer-songwriter Garth Brooks (R) and wife, singer Trisha Yearwood attend the ASCAP Centennial Awards at The Waldorf Astoria on November 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks attend the 48th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 5, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Singer Garth Brooks enters the 'Good Morning America' taping at the ABC Times Square Studios on November 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Garth Brooks speaks onstage during the 48th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 5, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Garth Brooks presents Luke Bryan with the award for Entertainer of the Year ontsage durring the 48th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 5, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Garth Brooks presents during the 48th annual CMA awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 5, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks attend the 48th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 5, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 06: Recording artists Dustin Lynch (L) and Garth Brooks attend the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/ACMA2014/Getty Images for ACM)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 19: Garth Brooks performs at Philips Arena on September 19, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by CatMax Photography/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 19: Garth Brooks performs at Philips Arena on September 19, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 19: Garth Brooks attends a press conference at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite on September 19, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Chris McKay/Getty Images)
ROSEMONT, IL - SEPTEMBER 05: Garth Brooks performs on stage at Allstate Arena on September 5, 2014 in Rosemont, United States. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Redferns via Getty Images)
ROSEMONT, IL - SEPTEMBER 05: Garth Brooks performs on stage at Allstate Arena on September 5, 2014 in Rosemont, United States. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Redferns via Getty Images)
ROSEMONT, IL- SEPTEMBER 04: Garth Brooks talks to the media during his World Tour Press Conference on September 4, 2014 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 06: (L-R) Musicians Tim McGraw, George Strait and Garth Brooks attend the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rick Diamond/ACMA2014/Getty Images for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 06: Singer/songwriter Merle Haggard (R) accepts the ACM Crystal Milestone Award from (L-R) Recording artists Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert and George Strait onstage during the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4610 -- Pictured: Musical guest Garth Brooks performs on February 6, 2014 -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 9: Country music star Garth Brooks sits down with the hosts of THE TALK, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 on the CBS Television Network. From left, Garth Brooks and Sharon Osbourne, shown. (Photo by Heather Wines/CBS via Getty Images)
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UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 27: Garth Brooks visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on November 27, 2013 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 06: (L-R) Recording artists Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert and George Strait speak onstage during the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 22: (Exclusive Coverage) Trisha Yearwood, Styx's Tommy Shaw, Jeanne Mason, and Garth Brooks attend Playin' Possum! The Final No Show Tribute To George Jones at Bridgestone Arena on November 22, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/NJ/Getty Images for Webster PR)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 22: Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks perform during Playin' Possum! The Final No Show Tribute To George Jones - Show at Bridgestone Arena on November 22, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)
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