September 12th, 2011, St. Petersburg, FL - Bill Edwards Presents and the City of St. Petersburg announced today that Republic Nashville’s multi-platinum and award-winning country music superstar Martina McBride will perform live at the second annual Dollars for Doorways fundraising event on Saturday, November 5 at 8 p.m. at downtown St. Petersburg’s scenic Demens Landing.
The event is a fundraiser for the city’s Mayor’s Mentors & More scholarship program, which has funded more than 1,100 four-year scholarships for at-risk students over the past 10 years.
“The Dollar for Doorways event is a great opportunity to come out and enjoy the great talent of Martina McBride in a beautiful waterfront setting, while at the same time supporting the education of our young students through Doorways scholarships,” said St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster.
“I am proud to get behind the Mayor’s endeavors in support of the Mayor’s Mentors & More program and I am honored to bring Martina to our fine downtown corridor,” said Bill Edwards, Principal of Bill Edwards Presents.
One of the most spectacular voices in any genre of music, McBride is a four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, three-time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year and GRAMMY® winning recording artist with more than 18 million in album sales and 24 Top 10 singles, including six that hit #1. The breadth of her talents – as recording artist, producer, songwriter, and concert entertainer – has made her an in-demand performer and personality, appearing on such high-profile programs as VH1 Divas (singing with Jordin Sparks), Dancing with the Stars, the Today show’s “Today Throws a Wedding,” American Idol, Oprah, The Bachelorette, Private Sessions, a 20/20 special, and much more.
Celebrated for her beauty and sense of fashion, as well as her everywoman perspective in life and music, Martina is a wife and mother of three girls who has been featured on the covers of publications like Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, People Magazine, Country Weekly and Shape. Among her hits are such anthemic and empowering songs as “Independence Day,” “This One’s for the Girls,” and “Ride,” all of which have underscored her incredible popularity as one of music’s preeminent female vocalists. Martina’s first album on Republic Nashville, ELEVEN, is set for release on October 11 and includes her first new music since 2009 – “Teenage Daughters” and her current single, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It.” Earlier this year she was nominated for the 2011 CMT Music Awards CMT Performance of the Year from CMT CROSSROADS: TRAIN AND MARTINA MCBRIDE and recently earned a CMA Award nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year.
The City of St. Petersburg has funded more than 1,100 Doorways Scholarships through private donations and matching grants. These college scholarships are given to economically disadvantaged sixth grade students in St. Petersburg schools that agree to maintain a high academic standard, attend school regularly, complete homework, study for tests, remain drug free, and have a mentor. When these students successfully graduate from high school, they receive a college scholarship. This program provides eligible students the opportunity to reach their goal of obtaining a college education.
Gates for the general admission concert will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 day of show and go on sale this Friday, September 16 at noon. Tickets may be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or through the Mahaffey Theater box office. The box office is open Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. For additional information visit www.stpete.org/mentors or call (727) 892-5189.
Demens Landing Park is located in downtown St. Petersburg at Bayshore Drive and First Avenue South.
For more information on Martina McBride, visit http://www.martinamcbride.com .