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Martina McBride Steps In for Lionel Richie on July 4th

Martina McBride photo by Kristin Barlowe, courtesy of Front Page Publicity.

Lionel Richie was scheduled to be the featured musical guest on the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, airing live from the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, Monday, July 4 at 10 p.m. Eastern on CBS. However, he’s been working overtime to finish his next album, as well as doing back-to-back concerts, and as a result, has strained vocal cords – so Martina McBride is graciously subbing for him. Martina will perform some of her biggest hits with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra under the direction of conductor Keith Lockhart.

“One of my most favorite things in the world is to perform with a live orchestra, and to sing with the prestigious Boston Pops on Independence Day in front of thousands of people and on national television is not only an amazing opportunity but a career highlight for me,” said Martina on her official website. “I wish Mr. Richie a speedy recovery and am looking forward to what will be a memorable day for me.”

“I am extremely disappointed to cancel my performance with the Boston Pops but must follow my doctor’s orders,” said Lionel. “It was such an honor being asked to celebrate the Fourth of July with this legendary orchestra and I hope to perform with them in the future.”

“We will miss Lionel and hope he recovers quickly and completely,” said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events for CBS Entertainment. “Having a superstar like Martina step in at the last minute is a dream come true. She is one of the greatest voices of this or any generation, and she is now my hero.”

As previously announced, Emmy Award-winning actor and Boston-area native Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”) will host the special.

What songs do you hope to hear Martina perform? Check out her latest video, “Teenage Daughters,” HERE.

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