I could totally see country singer Martina McBride and her daughters on a cruise. Picture it: The two teens being moody and unpredictable in the same way she sings about on her latest song, “Teenage Daughters.” The 6-year-old holding her hand while they walk around the ship, not embarrassed by mom’s dancing during the ’70s Retro Dance Party. The down-to-earth singer chatting up strangers at breakfast. The closest McBride will get, at least now that she has a new album out (“Eleven”) and an upcoming holiday special (December 21 on CBS), was an hour-long special concert aboard Voyager of the Seas while it was docked in New Orleans Saturday.
McBride came aboard for a invitation-only show for 600 Royal Caribbean International’s Crown & Anchor Society loyalty program members, high-selling travel agents from New Orleans and other special guests from the city’s port and tourism board.
Also on board: 46 country music radio station contest winners and their guests. Each winner landed a seven-day cruise for two, an invite to the concert and a private Q&A session and meet-and-greet with McBride in the Cleopatra’s Needle lounge, where they had their photos taken with her.
“It’s my first time [on a cruise ship], and I think it’s awesome,” said McBride, a four-time Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year. “I wish I were staying.”
Following a brief tour of the Voyager of the Seas, she took to the stage in the La Scala Theatre, where she did a 12-song set and encore version of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’”. The venue was intimately perfect for a concert – so small that you felt connected with the performer, and she obviously felt connected with her audience – that it made me wish Royal Caribbean would nab big-time headliners all the time.
And let me say: For a concert at the odd hour of 1:30 p.m., the slim brunette looked amazing. She wore a shimmery black-and-silver top, black leather skinny jeans and mile-high peekaboo stilettos. “It’s kind of weird doing a show in the afternoon,” McBride said to the enthusiastic crowd. “We’re usually waking up right about now!”
The set included “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” a tearjerker showcasing cancer survivors and those who care for them, plus “My Baby Loves Me,” “Valentine” and “Anyway.”
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