This country star’s dad inspired her lifelong love of music Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for SiriusXM
NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 22: Recording Artist Martina McBride speaks during SiriusXM's Town Hall With Martina McBride at SiriusXM Studios on May 22, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

Martina McBride’s father may have been in the agriculture business, but he was also her earliest music instructor and the person who inspired her lifelong love of songs. And just look at what’s she’s done with that inspiration!

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“My father was very instrumental introducing me to music,” she tells Rare Country. “He was a farmer, but he had a band as a hobby when I was growing up, as far back as I can remember. So we were always just surrounded with music and musicians.”

Soon, she became one herself. “I started playing in the band when I was 7 years old and, really had that support system and that sort of outlet from a really early age,” Martina says. “So, I would say my dad was my first music teacher.”

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Asked if her dad is proud of what she has accomplished in the music business, Martina says simply, “I hope so.”

Our thanks to Martina’s special dad for nurturing her talent and gifting the world with his songbird daughter.

Phyllis Stark is a Nashville-based entertainment journalist who has been reporting extensively on country music (and loving every moment of it) for more than two decades.
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