Born in London, England, Martin began playing and writing music when he was ten. He signed his first record deal with Parlophone/EMI Records while still at Art College, and subsequently had the honor of recording his first single at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.
He then signed to Beatles producer George Martin as an artist and writer and went on to become an important part of the London studio scene as an arranger, vocalist and one of the most sought after session guitarists around.
After moving to America he signed as a solo artist with Mercury Records winning critical acclaim for his three self-penned albums, ‘Fear of the Unknown’, ‘One Night With a Stranger’ and ‘Dangerous Moments’, though he is probably best known for his top 40 and MTV hit single from that period, "Salt in My Tears".
Since then Martin has become one of the most prominent writers in America, he has received orchestral commissions, written for TV and jingles, and so far his songs have appeared on almost thirty million records, recorded by artists such as Celine Dion, *NSYNC, Kesha, Dream, Skye Sweetnam, Michael Bolton, Kenny Loggins, Pat Benatar, Jessica Andrews, Jeff Healey, Rebecca St.James, Gregg Allman, Barry Manilow, Barbie ( ! ) and many more.
Current releases are Orianthi, Ballas Hough, Phil Stacey and The Maine.
As an instrumentalist he has recorded and/or performed with Julian Lennon, Bonnie Tyler, Mick Jones, Cliff Richards, Charlie Pride, Olivia Newton-John, Michel Legrand, the Hollies, Anton Fig, Jeff Porcaro, Chris Squire, Tom Jones, Nana Mouskouri, Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson and Ellen Foley.
As a back-up vocalist he can be heard everywhere, from recordings by Celine Dion and Mark Anthony to the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack.
He was named ASCAP Foundation’s Songwriter in Residence at Berklee in 2004 and has given lectures on songwriting there every year since. He has also conducted songwriting workshops at ASCAP, the New School University and the Songwriters Guild of America.
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