There may have been a few disappointed die-hard Lionel Richie fans there, but most would agree that country crooner Martina McBride did a bang-up job when she stepped in for Richie at the last minute during the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular last night. While one doesn't think of country music when it comes to the Boston Pops, the age-old orchestra group, together they made for an incredible musical show.
Richie, who was supposed to headline the show, had to pull out at the last minute due to strained vocal chords. In a statement, he expressed his disappointment over not performing with the Boston Pops, but said he had to follow doctor's orders.
With no headliner, organizers had to find a backup, and what a great, albeit unexpected, choice they made in McBride.
Jack Sussman of CBS said having her step in was "a dream come true." He told USA Today, "She is one of the greatest voices of this or any generation, and she is now my hero."
She didn't disappoint. She sang “America the Beautiful” as well as two of her own songs -- “Independence Day” and “This One’s for the Girls.” This video isn't the best quality, but you can see part of her performance here.
It's a long way from "Say You, Say Me," but personally I prefer it. I think she's an incredible singer and performer and added a little more kick than Richie might have.
Country music has come a long way in recent years with regards to attracting a broader audience and crossing all sorts of musical lines. Martina's performance with the Boston Pops likely converted a few more unsuspecting fans to the country club.
Who would you have rather seen perform -- Martina McBride or Lionel Richie?
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