Cosmopolitan singer and musician Marie Martin routinely travels between Paris, London, New York, Madrid and the first place she called “home” – Brittany – to share her amazing talent to numerous audiences.
Born to a French mother and a Spanish father and raised in a musical family: vocals, the violin, Theatre, Classical /Jazz / Contemporary /Hip hop dance and traveling have marked her life since childhood. These elements have broadened her horizons and given her an inner sense of the encounter.
Over the years, it has naturally lead her to various destinations (with the musical encounter as the keywords), which finally lead her to New York City.
In New York, the musical energy shared by so many talented artists drives and constantly inspires her, giving rise to various life experiences and accomplishments, such as being a finalist in the vocal competition of the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland presided by Quincy Jones in 2012.
Her journey thus far is as follows:
-Jazz studies at l’IACP.
-Accompaniment to various groups and artists as backup singer and violinist. (Duc des Lombards, Sentier des Halles, La Scène Bastille, Le Réservoir, Le Petit Journal Montparnasse, Solidays)
-Lead singer of the group Kitchenfunk (Warner Music)
-Backup singer for record labels (Sony, EMI, Virgin) as well as the group Legalizik.
-Interpretations of film songs: “36 Quai des Orfèvres” (“36th Precinct”) with Gerard Depardieu, “Prête-moi ta main” (“Rent a Wife”) with Charlotte Gainsbourg and Alain Chabat, co-author and co-composer of a film theme, respectively
-Participations in various TV movies and entertainment programs on French national television channels (TF1, France 2, France 3, M6)
-Composition work with Hip hop / R&B artists
-Recording of the musical tale “Goldilocks”
All these experiences paid off and lead to true composition and interpretation work. Final destination: NEW YORK.
-Singer of the Hip hop/Soul /Jazz group “The Real Live Show”
-Backup singer of the group “Les Nubians” (Summerstage, Central Park, SOB’s, Zinc Bar, recording of the album Nu Revolution)
-Special guest for Lee Hogans at his New York concerts (trumpeter for Prince, Jay Z, Jill Scott)
-Backup singer and violinist for “Blunefertiti French Cabaret” with Celia of Les Nubians.
-2010: Birth of the trio SoNuvo (vocal, violin, guitar, percussion. Mix of Jazz/Soul, Brazilian and Spanish music). They completed a French tour in September 2010, as well as various concerts in NY (Blue Note, Zinc bar, etc.)
-2012: Marie’s first concert which she headlined at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Finalist at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
-French national television channel France 2 dedicated a reportage in their showcase of successful French artists in the United States.
Over time all these experiences via multiple influences, combined with her open mind and cosmopolitan vision have shaped a specific and unique personality which now has allowed her to write, compose and sing original songs.
An album “Change in me” was released in 2017 (Featuring Lionel loueke, a guitar genius who plays on a regular basis with Herbie Hancock and more amazing artists).
Marie never stops exploring new horizons. She also lends her voice to diverse eclectic musical projects.
Written: Michèle Martin
Translation: Helene Le Formal Nielsen
Last touch: Sun King