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McBride helps combat teen dating abuse

Thursday, March 26, 2009 – Martina McBride and the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline (NTDAH) partnered in a new program, My Time to Shine, in conjunction with the release of her new album "Shine."

As the mother of three daughters, McBride is involved in the need to increase awareness for teens and parents about teen dating abuse and how to develop healthy relationships. Recent research has shown that one in three girls who have been in a serious relationship say they've been concerned about being physically hurt by their partner.

"Young people today have more opportunities to make decisions about their lives, and it places a lot of pressure on them early," said McBride. "If we can help them to form healthy relationships at an earlier age in life, they will make better choices for life partners, and as a mom, I want to be part of that."

When McBride released Independence Day in 1994, the song connected with victims of family violence. On tours, McBride began visiting high schools to talk to young women about self worth. Since then, she has been involved in fundraising for several programs that benefit women.

Starting with the morning TV shows this week, McBride will promote both the new CD and the awareness program. She also will speak out in public service announcements that will be shown at her concert venues when her tour begins in October. My Time to Shine merchandise will be sold at concerts to raise funds to benefit the teen helpline.

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Concert Review: Cantrell continues to satisfy – Laura Cantrell may never be a country star. Not at this stage of her career when she's 50, touring here and there and releasing new music every few years or so. But five albums in, Cantrell continues as a warm, enjoyable and worthy purveyor of her brand of country. That would mean going towards a more traditional side, not rushing the songs... »»»
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