Martina McBride: Spreading The Joy of Christmas in Muncie

By Katelynn Thys

MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - The weather outside was frightful, but Emens Auditorium warmed up as Martina McBride took the stage. The tour brought “The Joy of Christmas” to Muncie. Aleta Crowder from Franklon said she left the concert feeling in the Christmas Spirit.

“You can feel her music,” Aleta Crowder said. “And that she has a very big heart.”

During McBrides performance she made the community a part of the show. Children from Dazzle Dance in Muncie came onto the stage with the Country Singer. Being a little shy at first, the girls all high-fived McBride before they left the stage.

The star also walked off stage and asked the crowd about their Holiday traditions.

She couldn’t believe when an audience member said her family ate the Feast of Seven Fishes. The crowd asked to take pictures and shared their appreciation for the songs she sings. One member became emotional speaking about how the song “Do It Anyway” has helped them while grieving for the loss of a daughter.

“God is great, but sometimes life ain’t good. When I pray it doesn’t always turn out like I think it should, but I do it anyway,” she sang for them.

That song touched that family’s heart, but her music has helped many others through different trials in their lives. Berry Davis from Portland said he has followed her career for the past fifteen years.

“Her songs are just so special,” he said. “Her voice is so strong.”

McBride also sang “Valentine” for a couple’s 21st wedding anniversary. She expressed Christmas time is a very hard time to be away for those that you love.

“We would like to give a big thank you to those in the armed forces and their families,” she said as a video of soldiers began playing in the background. Native Hoosiers were all wishing us Happy Holidays and saying hello to their families from all over Indiana.

It’s this personalized and interactive show that has brought Ken and Priscilla Keller from Portland to 6 of McBrides concerts. Three out of the six concerts have been this exact Christmas tour.

“One of the concerts McBride brought local children around and read them Christmas stories,” Ken Keller said.

They described they watched her perform at Little Nashville when she first began her career.

“She brought her baby girl on the stage,” Priscilla Keller said.

Now 20 years later, McBride still brings her baby girl... or girls on stage. She played a video she took one Christmas morning as her 3 daughters opened gifts.

Besides spending time with her family, the country singer has been working on a new album that is going to be released in March. Yesterday afternoon the first song off the Everlasting album was shared.

For Martina McBride The Christmas Song gets her in the Holiday spirit. For those who attend her concert like Aleta Crowder, the Joy of Christmas tour brought it with ease.

Photo Credits: Stephanie Tarrant for Muncie Free Press