On Thursday, October 25, 2012, I attended my first ever Martina McBride concert at the Beacon Theatre in NYC. In support of her 11th studio album, "Eleven," Martina rocked the Beacon with her powerful vocals and inspirational lyrics.
The Beacon Theatre was a great venue for Martina to play because she was really able to get up close and personal with her fans. Martina said that as much she loves playing stadiums, she really wanted this tour to be at smaller venues so she be more involved with the fans. Martina was able to cozy up to many of her fans, from taking song requests to one on one moments. I feel so fortunate to have been able to have this as my first Martina McBride concert experience.
From the moment Martina took the stage, her angelic voice radiated throughout the Beacon. She started the night off with "One Night" from her new album "Eleven." It was a great way to get the crowd going, especially with the lyrics "It's like I've waited my whole life for us to be together this one night, let's make it last forever" and let me say, if Martina could have stayed longer, she would have, and the audience would have relished in it.
Following "One Night," Martina burst into an excellent mix of hits, new songs off of "Eleven," and some amazing cover songs! Some of my favorite songs throughout the night were "Wrong Again," "Blessed," "I Love You," "I'm Gonna Love You Through It," "Safe In The Arms of Love," "Rose Garden," "Concrete Angel," "Wild Angels," "My Baby Loves Me," "Whatever You Say," "Broken Wing," and "Independence Day" as well as cover versions of Rod Stewart's "The First Cut Is The Deepest," Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's "Free Fallin'," and The Eurythmics "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)."
Martina was in superior form on that stage! What makes Martina stand-out from other singers is the power she has in her voice. She's one of my favorite vocalists because she can belt like no other. When she gets to those passionate moments in a particular song, Martina lets loose and raises the roof and there were numerous times the roof was raised.
Another reason Martina McBride is such a talented performer is because the lyrcis to her songs resonate with so many people. Her songs definitely make you feel as though you are not alone going through life's rough patches and that you have reason to celebrate when things are going well. That was especially true when she sang "I'm Gonna Love You Through It," her hit single about a husband loving his wife through breast cancer. During that song, a woman, dressed in pink and a sash that said "Survivor" on it came towards the stage and started waving her arm in rhythm to the song. Martina saw her and motioned her to come to the stage and then Martina held her hand while she continued to sing. Then another woman came up to the stage, and Martina took her hand too. The audience jumped to their feet in support. I was able to tell Martina was very touched by this moment. It was great to feel so much love in that theater.
After "I'm Gonna Love Through It," Martina then went into "Concrete Angel," a wonderful song about child abuse. She dedicated this song to a girl whom she met earlier in the day that had been abused as a child and now she was studying to be a social worker to help abused kids. It was fantastic to hear this girl had been able to survive the abuse and in turn help others who have gone through the same or similar experiences.
In addition to her own songs, Martina sang several cover songs which if one didn't know, could think they were written for her. She delighted the audience with "The First Cut is the Deepest" by Rod Stewart, "Free Falllin'" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and The Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These)." Martina's vocals really shined on these songs, especially "Sweet Dreams." The whole audience stood-up as Martina and her band rocked out.
Martina closed the night out with her hit song "Independence Day," and then launched into her three encores: "Anyway," "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These)," and "It's Closing Time." After more than two hours and three encores, Martina left the audience wanting more! Nobody wanted the night to end, but Martina said she looked forward to coming back, so let's hope a return to the NY stage comes soon.
If you want to hear a singer with powerful vocals, a lot of heart, and songs that touch your soul, then I would highly recommend checking out Martina McBride the next time she is in town. If you can't wait until then, definitely pick up her newest album "Eleven" as well as her "Greatest Hits" for a good sampling of her earlier hits!