Martina McBride coming to Ovens Auditorium Nov. 25, 2018

Martina McBride 'The Joy of Christmas 2018' coming to Ovens Auditorium Nov. 25

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 20, 2018) – Ovens Auditorium will host Martina McBride for "The Joy of Christmas 2018" on Sunday, November 25 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale on Friday, August 24 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased online at, by phone at 800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or at the Bojangles' Coliseum Box Office located at 2700 E. Independence Blvd. Tickets cost between $49.50 and $75 (plus applicable service charges) and are subject to change. A direct link to purchase tickets can be found here.

Country music icon Martina McBride is not letting the Nashville summer heat ruin her Christmas spirit, and begins her gift giving with the release of "It’s The Holiday Season." The 9-song holiday set will be released on October 19, the first with her new record label partner, BMG. McBride also continues her “The Joy of Christmas Tour” tradition, this time adding songs from the new album and bringing to life the big band and orchestral sounds by using local symphonies on each stop. The limited holiday run will make its way to Ovens Auditorium on Sunday, November 25.

"When I stood in the studio listening to that 38 piece band play, I knew I wanted to take it on the road. I am so excited to bring this music to life on stage and bring some of the joy of the season to people. Performing with the symphonies will be such a grand and unique experience for me. I can't wait!" says McBride.

For this album, McBride collaborated with the late Patrick “Pat” Williams who arranged a set of classic Christmas songs with accompaniment from more than 35 world-class musicians at the famed Capitol Studio in Los Angeles and Blackbird Studio in Nashville. This release follows her 1998 multi-platinum "White Christmas."

"It's been exactly 20 years since I released "White Christmas." With that album I wanted to make it classic and something that would stand the test of time, which I feel like it has done. I wanted to accomplish the same thing with "It's The Holiday Season," but with a different feel. So I decided to make most of the album with a big-band swing vibe that takes you back to the Sinatra, Dean Martin and Ella Fitzgerald records. We recorded more of the pop Christmas numbers that lend themselves to that kind of feel rather than the focusing on the hymns like we did with 'White Christmas.' I think they are great companion pieces and my hope is that they will both be enjoyed for years to come," says McBride.

“This is the coolest Christmas album I’ve ever heard but at the same time, it is an instant classic,” says Jon Loba, EVP BBR Music Group.

In addition, Martina will be adding more spice into that mix, by releasing a second all-season cookbook, "Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist For Real Life," available October 30.

About Ovens Auditorium
Ovens Auditorium, located adjacent to Bojangles' Coliseum, opened in 1955. With a seating capacity of approximately 2,400, Ovens has hosted more than 7,000 events including Broadway shows, symphony concerts, operas, dance recitals and nationally known speakers. For more information, visit