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Country music icon Martina McBride is not letting the Nashville summer heat ruin her Christmas spirt, and begins her gift giving with the release of It’s The Holiday Season.  The 9-song holiday set will be released on October 19, the first with her new record label partner, BMG.  McBride also continues her “The Joy of Christmas Tour” tradition, this time adding songs from the new album and bringing to life the big band and orchestral sounds by using local symphonies on each stop.  In addition, she will be adding more spice into that mix, by releasing a second all-season cookbook, Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist For Real Life, available October 30th.

For this album, McBride collaborated with the late Patrick “Pat”Williams who arranged a set of classic Christmas songs with accompaniment from more than 35 world-class musicians at the famed Capitol Studio in Los Angeles and Blackbird Studio in Nashville.  This release follows her 1998 multiplatinum White Christmas.

“It’s been exactly 20 years since I released White Christmas.  With that album I wanted to make it classic and something that would stand the test of time, which I feel like it has done. I wanted to accomplish the same thing with It’s The Holiday Season, but with a different feel. So I decided to make most of the album with a big-band swing vibe that takes you back to the Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald records. We recorded more of the pop Christmas numbers that lend themselves to that kind of feel rather than the focusing on the hymns like we did with White Christmas. I think they are great companion pieces and my hope is that they will both be enjoyed for years to come.” says McBride.

“This is the coolest Christmas album I’ve ever heard but at the same time, it is an instant classic.” says Jon Loba, EVP BBR Music Group.

This year also brings back McBride’s anticipated “The Joy of Christmas Tour”, this time each with a local orchestra. The limited holiday run includes three nights at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

“When I stood in the studio listening to that 38 piece band play, I knew I wanted to take it on the road.  I am so excited to bring this music to life on stage and bring some of the joy of the season to people. Performing with the symphonies will be such a grand and unique experience for me. I can’t wait!” says McBride.

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Photo Credit: Joesph Llanes

Tour Dates:
November 23, 2018                  Biloxi, MS                           Beau Rivage
November 24, 2018                  Jacksonville, FL                 Florida Theatre
November 25, 2018                   Charlotte, NC                    Ovens Auditorium
November 29, 2018                   Nashville, TN                     Schermerhorn Symphony Center
November 30, 2018                   Nashville, TN                     Schermerhorn Symphony Center
December 1, 2018                     Nashville, TN                     Schermerhorn Symphony Center
December 4, 2018                     Atlanta, GA                        Atlanta Symphony Hall
December 6, 2018                     Kansas City, MO                Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
December 7, 2018                     Dallas, TX                          Majestic Theatre
December 8, 2018                     Sugar Land, TX                  Smart Financial Centre

For tickets and more information on The Joy of Christmas Tour 2018 , please visit:

Before the holiday festivities begin, McBride’s sophomore cookbook Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life hits shelves.  Available October 30, the new collection includes nearly 300 pages of family recipes and new creations from her own kitchen. This follows her 2014 release Around The Table.

“When I find a delicious recipe I can’t wait to share it, just like when I find a great song”, says McBride. “So I’m excited to share what I am cooking right now in my own kitchen for my family and friends.  These are some of my very favorite recipes I’ve created since the last book, as well as some family recipes that have been handed down to me. I feel like this book has a good balance of health-conscious dishes and a few recipes for when you want to splurge, which represents the way I eat in real life”, she adds.


Meet Martina and get a signed copy of her new cookbook Martina’s Kitchen Mix! #MartinasKitchenMix

October 13, 2018         New York City Wine & Food Festival      New York     3:00pm
October 27, 2018         Country Music Hall of Fame                   Nashville, TN                1:00pm
October 30, 2018          Books & Greetings                                Northvale, NJ                7:00pm
November 1, 2018        NBC Store                                             New York, NY               11:30am
November 11, 2018      Vroman’s Bookstore                              Los Angeles, CA           TBD
November 18, 2018      Parnassus Books                                  Nashville, TN                 2:00pm
December 3, 2018        Eagle Eye Book Store                           Atlanta, GA                    7:00pm

Check often as more events will be announced!

Fans can also keep up with Martina on Facebook, as well as Twitter and Instagram.

Martina McBride 2012 Image Courtesy Randee St. NicholasAbout Martina McBride:   Multiple Grammy® nominee Martina McBride has sold over 18 million albums to date, which includes 20 Top 10 singles and six #1 hits. McBride has earned more than 15 major music awards, including four wins for Female Vocalist of the Year from the Country Music Association and won three Academy of Country Music for Top Female Vocalist. Martina has been awarded 14 Gold Records. Nine Platinum honors, three Double Platinum Records, and two Triple Platinum Awards. Martina was awarded the Covenant House Beacon of Hope Award and Music Business Association’s prestigious 2015 Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic efforts on behalf of domestic violence. Through her Team Music Is Love charity initiative, Martina partners with non-profit causes to help many of the towns she’s performing in. Martina also invites fans to join her team in making the world a better place through the power of music. Since 2011, Team Music Is Love has been responsible for many successful fundraising and volunteer projects helping causes such as hunger relief, cancer research, combating domestic violence and helping children in need. For more information, please visit

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Country music icon Martina McBride is not letting the Nashville summer heat ruin her Christmas spirt, and begins her gift giving with the release of It’s The Holiday Season.  The 9-song holiday set will be released on October 19, the first with her new record label partner, BMG.  McBride also...