Martina McBride to perform in I.F. on July 5

Martina McBride will headline a country music festival July 5 at the Sandy Downs Rodeo Grounds in Idaho Falls. Also on the bill is Craig Morgan, John King and the group Gloriana.

Country music performer Martina McBride will headline the July 5 Hawkfest concert in Idaho Falls.

Also on the bill are Craig Morgan, John King and the band, Gloriana. The concert, sponsored by Riverbend Communications, Rexburg Motorsports and Grand Teton Harley Davidson, will be staged at Sandy Downs Rodeo Grounds, 6855 S. 15th East.

McBride, who has six country music chart-topping singles to her credit, said she’s looking forward to her Idaho Falls visit.

“This is going to be a fantastic concert,” McBride said. “There are a lot of really great artists coming and I think it’ll be an exciting show. I’m excited to get on stage with so many other great musicians.”

In April, McBride released her 13th studio album, “Everlasting,” which features covers of soul and rhythm-and-blues songs by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and The Supremes.

McBride, who is known for her strong vocal abilities, said her love of country music came from her father, Daryl Schiff.

“My dad was a farmer in Kansas, he used to always be listening to country,” McBride said. “So, that’s what I started listening to. I really grew to love the music. When I was a little girl, I used to put on my dad’s records and sing along with them. I’d imagine I was up on stage. My favorites were Reba McEntire, Linda Ronstadt and Patsy Cline.”

During her teenage years, McBride sang in several local bands in Kansas. Her big break came in 1990, while selling merchandise for country singer Garth Brooks. McBride said Brooks was impressed by her enthusiasm and offered to make a deal with her.

“He told me that if I could get a recording contract, he’d have me as his opening act,” McBride said. “That really pushed me to take the next step. I recorded a demo tape and sent it out and eventually signed a contract with RCA Nashville Records. Getting on stage for the first time, opening for a legend like Garth Brooks, was one of the most amazing moments of my life.”