McBride celebrates birthday with 4,000 friends
Friday, July 30, 2010
– Martina McBride celebrated hr birthday Thursday with about 4,000 friends.
McBride, who turned 44, wrapping up a four-week West Coast tour stint, celebrated with a performance at Chateau Ste Michelle winery in Woodinville, Wash. Husband John McBride surprised her by appearing onstage and leading the fans in singing Happy Birthday.
After the show, McBride received the annual birthday gift from her band and crew, Boone's Farm Strawberry Hill wine, and enjoyed a low-key celebration. "My birthday was absolutely perfect. I began the day by hanging out with my family, celebrated at a beautiful winery with the best fans in the world and had a party with my band and crew." said McBride. "It doesn't get much better than this."
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