Annual Meeting, Co-op News

Co-op Staffers Can See McBride

By Derrill Holly | ECT Staff Writer Published: January 10th, 2014

Electric cooperative employees can now buy concert tickets to see Martina McBride perform at the 72nd NRECA Annual Meeting in Nashville.

Grand Ole Opry member Martina McBride will perform at the NRECA Annual Meeting in Nashville, March 4. (Photo By: Morris Agency Nashville)

Grand Ole Opry member Martina McBride will perform at the NRECA Annual Meeting in Nashville, March 4. (Photo By: Morris Agency Nashville)

The country artist is slated to perform at Nashville’s Music City Center on Entertainment Night, March 4.

“Entertainment night gives attendees a chance to sample the culture of the host city,” said NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson. “Martina McBride has been a huge part of that culture in Nashville since her first hit singles were released more than 20 years ago.”

Martina McBride to Sing for 2014 NRECA Annual Meeting

NRECA is making tickets available for co-op employees and their guests who live within driving distance of Nashville, who otherwise may not be attending the organization’s annual meeting. Tickets can be purchased for $50 each, online by registered users of cooperative.com by visiting the registration sections for the NRECA Annual Meeting or the TechAdvantage Conference and Expo.

McBride has recorded a string of hits since 1992, selling more than 18 million albums and charting 22 top 10 singles. She’s earned four Country Music Association female vocalist of the year honors, membership in the Grand Ole Opry, and won the Academy of Country Music’s top female vocalist honors three times.

She’s also used her name and voice to support cancer research, community projects for children with special needs and domestic abuse prevention programs.

“Her commitment to community makes her a great fit for the NRECA annual meeting,” Emerson told ECT.coop. “The fact that she grew up in a family known for sharing its talents with its neighbors still shines through in the ways she tries to make a difference.”

McBride was raised on a dairy farm outside of Sharon, Kan., where her family belonged to Cherokee, Okla.-based Alfalfa Electric Cooperative. She launched her career at age 7, singing with her father Daryl Schiff’s country band.

Guests who drive to Nashville for the McBride concert will also have an opportunity to visit the TechAdvantage Expo before the McBride concert, said Eric Commodore, an NRECA meeting and event planner. “Admission to the expo will be free after 4:30 to anyone with a concert ticket.”

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