It's often said that part of the secret to Martina McBride's success is that she is just like her audience.
The prevailing thought is that McBride's many female fans identify, first, with her songs, which can be tender and romantic but often portray a sense of strength and independence. And second, they identify with McBride, a 40-year-old wife and mother to three children, who seems to live a more normal everyday life than other famous singers.
It all adds up to McBride being one of country's most consistent stars. With her newly released CD, Waking Up Laughing, she is bidding to notch her sixth straight studio album with more than 1 million copies sold.
McBride suspects her musical instincts, like her image, mirror those of her audience.
"I feel like there's a good balance between consistency and reinventing and keeping it fresh," she says. "I think consistency is appealing to a lot of people, myself included. I like things the way I like things, but yet I still like things to not get boring. So I think when my fans buy my record, they have a certain idea [of what to expect]. I'm not going to make an electronic record or some kind of crazy, off-the-wall, weird kind of record."
With Waking Up Laughing, fans perhaps get a little bigger piece of McBride. It's her first self-produced studio CD and includes the first three songs she's ever had a hand in writing.
"It was just liberating for me to be able to create at my own pace," McBride says. "Also, I think it really forced me to trust my instincts more and more."
Martina McBride with Little Big Town and Rodney Atkins
World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd.
Friday, May 25, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $49.75-$59.75; visit ticketswest.com.