As a nomadic singer, Marie Martin’s life is filled with travels and encounters. After years of living in Paris, London, New York and Morocco, she currently lives between France and Spain.
Marie’s musical route gives her voice and her interpretation a unique flavor. She learns
from her travels and asserts her multiple origins : Breton, Cuban, North-African but also – and
above all – Spanish (Grenada and Almería) from her father’s side. That’s why she decided to spend time in Madrid, writing and working on her new album, on which she’s willing to merge her musical influences (Groove, World, Jazz, Song) with Spanish flavors.
The upcoming album will question past and present: What we are made of, our origins and ancestors, what drives us and what calms us. Questions about the world and moments of life that draw us closer to ourselves and to others.
Thanks to her great singing qualities, Marie is now working with Spanish renowned musicians Marcos Collado (guitarist/composer), Daniel Garcia Diego (pianist/composer/arranger) and Shayan Fathi (drummer/composer/arranger), which she carries with her alongside writing her New York chapter.
Marie’s father, a passionate musician himself, transmitted his passion for music and singing to her at a young age. She studied the violin and worked on her voice. Brittany then became her first experience on the music scene.
Years later, Marie Martin spent ten years in Paris where she displayed her talent for the first
time on Parisian stages. She took part in many recording sessions for famous films and TV shows. Eventually she gave her first singing and coaching tuitions to some TF1 and France 2 journalists. Her musical journey abroad started with one year in London. There, she wrote her first songs. After that her next destination was New York and for the next seven years she would be caught by the energy and rhythm of the cosmopolitan city.
She created the trio “So Nuvo” (comprised of a vocalist, guitarist and drummer) which played on multiple American stages. This adventure gave birth to the album “Now that you’re gone”.
It’s within this city that Marie really found her place and revealed herself.
Her very first album “Change in me” was created in close collaboration with writer Dion Tucker (Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Harry Connick Jr). Another distinguished guest – Lionel Loueke – was also invited.
Other accolades while living in New York include singing alongside Les Nubians, The Real Live Show, Lee Hogans (Prince, Jill Scott) and many others. She was also invited to sing on Les Nubians’ third album “Nü Revolution”. She also performed for the Harvard 375 year anniversary after Yo-Yoma as well as for a Red Cross Gala in Florida.
Finally, her talent was highlighted during the singing competition of the famous Montreux Jazz Festival in 2012 in Switzerland where she ended as a finalist for the President of the Jury: the legendary Quincy Jones. “It’s quite a spectacular performance with a mastery of style, an accuracy, all the elements of a great singer” wrote Arnaud Robert (Swiss journalist, director and writer), another jury member of the Montreux Jazz Festival.
After all these years in the New York Metropolis, Marie Martin felt a strong need for change.
She followed her musical and initiatory journey to Marrakech where she stayed for a little over a year. Here she discovered another view of the world, time, life and music. She would soon after learn that she in fact has North-African origins as well.
Even though Marie’s New York chapter isn’t over yet, her musical journey has docked for a while in Spain in order to get closer to her Spanish heritage and to write her next album, which will be a a fusion between her existing influences and her Spanish roots.
Text written by: Delphine Bocquet
Translation: Fabienne Moulenat
Last touch: Sun King