When Martina McBride (Martina Schiff at the time) was just 20 years old, she was performing with a band that wasn’t going anywhere.
She grew up in Sharon, Kansas performing with her family band, The Schiffters, and was ready for her big break with rock and roll band, The Penetrators.
While that gig wasn’t successful, it did lead her to future husband John McBride, a Wichita sound engineer and the nice guy who her band rented rehearsal space from.
John ended up being a shoulder to cry on when her passion for music wasn’t getting her where she wanted to go in her current set up.
“Here I was, crying on his shoulder about my band not coming together, and I thought, ‘I’m in love with this guy. This is crazy. He lives in a warehouse.'” McBride told People of her future husband.
The happy couple was married in 1988 and decided to make the big move from their home in Kansas to Nashville, Tennessee. John’s sound skills helped him get a job on the road with Garth Brooks’ sound crew a few years later. Since he’s a family man, he got his wife to come on tour with him by helping her secure a job selling Garth’s t-shirts.