A native of Syracuse, N.Y., and the tenth of 12 children, Martin Sexton grew up in the â€™80s.
Uninterested in the music of the day, he fueled his dreams with the timeless sounds of classic rock â€™nâ€™ roll. As he discovered the dusty old vinyl left in the basement by one his big brothers, his musical fire was lit. Sexton eventually migrated to Boston, where he began to build a following singing on the streets of Harvard Square, gradually working his way through the scene. His 1992 collection of self-produced demo recordings, In the Journey, was recorded on an old 8-track in a friendâ€™s attic. He managed to sell 20,000 copies out of his guitar case.
From 1996 to 2002 Sexton released Black Sheep, The American, Wonder Bar and Live Wide Open. The activity and worldwide touring behind these records laid the foundation for the career he enjoys today with an uncommonly loyal fan base; he sells out venues from New Yorkâ€™s Nokia Theatre to L.A.â€™s House of Blues, and tours regularly across Canada and Europe.
Happily and fiercely independent, Martin Sexton launched his own label, KTR, in 2002. Since then he has infiltrated many musical worlds, performing at concerts ranging from pop (collaborating with John Mayer) to the Jam scene to classic rock (collaborating with Peter Frampton); from the Newport Folk Fest to Bonnaroo to New Orleans Jazz Fest to a performance at Carnegie Hall.
Regardless of his reputation as a musicianâ€™s musician, Sexton canâ€™t keep Hollywood away. His songs can be heard in many feature films and television including NBCâ€™s
Scrubs, Parenthood and Showtimeâ€™s hit series Brotherhood.
Stage, film and television aside, when Sexton isnâ€™t touring he often mixes entertainment with his sense of social responsibility, performing at benefits for Paul Newmanâ€™s Hole in the Wall Gang camp, the Childrenâ€™s Tumor Foundation, Japan earthquake/tsunami relief (The John Lennon Tribute), and Hurricane Irene relief efforts in Vermont, to name some.
In 2007 Sexton began his most successful years to date with the release of his studio offering Seeds. The album debuted at #6 on Billboardâ€™s Heatseekers chart, and the Los Angeles Times said, â€śCall him a soul shouter, a road poet, a folkie or a rocker and you wouldnâ€™t be wrong.â€ť
The live CD/DVD set Solo, which includes a DVD of his performance at Denverâ€™s Mile
High Festival, followed in 2008.
In 2010 the album Sugarcoating found this one-of-a-kind-troubadour doing what he does best: locating larger truths. After hearing it, NBC anchor Brian Williams sought Martin out to sit down for an interview backstage at New Yorkâ€™s Beacon Theatre. Itâ€™s now featured on MSNBCâ€™s BriTunes.
The accolades continue. Billboard called Sextonâ€™s version of â€śWorking Class Heroâ€ť for the Lennon tribute/benefit in 2010 â€śchill-inspiring.â€ť Released this November as part of The 30th Annual John Lennon Tribute album, the track is available on iTunes.
The New York Times noted that this artist â€śjumps beyond standard fare on the strength of his voice, a blue-eyed soul manâ€™s supple instrument,â€ť adding, â€śhis unpretentious heartiness helps him focus on every soul singerâ€™s goal: to amplify the sound of the ordinary heart.â€ť
Billboard called Sexton â€śThe real thing, people, a star with potential to permanently affect the musical landscape and keep us entertained for years to come.â€ť
Seeing Sexton perform is reminiscent of watching one of your good friends jamming out around a bonfire. His rapport with audiences is always warm and provoking, and his shows are nothing less than a no holds barred throw-down, both musically and vocally.
In the timeless tradition of the troubadour, he goes from town to town spreading his truth. As he says, "I sing for free, man. I get paid to travel." If you are a follower, this intimate show will truly satisfy. If you are new to Sexton's music, there couldn't be a more ideal time to jump in. Just be sure to take the plunge before this show sells out, because it's not a question of if but how quickly.
"I've been a fan of his for quite a bit more than a decade and It's a real pleasure to finally share the stage with him. I hope that if you never heard him before, tonight is a turning point for you. He's one of my favorite singers and songwriters..." - Dave Matthews
"The best live performer I've ever seenâ€¦ I may just quit my job and go follow Martin and make a fuss everywhere I go, just to make sure that people don't go their lives without hearing this man sing to them." - John Mayer
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