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In the Temple of the Muse

by Martin Page

After 13 years, this long-awaited follow-up album to the smash hit "IN THE HOUSE OF STONE AND LIGHT", is a soulful work, spiritually charged with Page's trademark layers of melodic atmosphere and emotive vocal performances.
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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From MARTIN PAGE -- the artist who brought you the smash hit, "IN THE HOUSE OF STONE AND LIGHT" (the award-winning chart topper that broke records in Billboard charts), and the writer of these classic hits: "These Dreams" (Heart), "We Built This City" (Starship), "Dancing In Heaven" (Q-Feel), "King Of Wishful Thinking" and "Faithful" (Go West) and "Fallen Angel" (Robbie Robertson) -- comes the long-awaited, soul-stirring follow-up album, "IN THE TEMPLE OF THE MUSE". This soulful work is spiritually charged with Page's trademark layers of melodic atmosphere and emotive vocal performances. Guest players include Jimmy Copley (Tears For Fears, Jeff Beck)-Drums, Neil Taylor (Robbie Williams, Tears For Fears, Peter Gabriel)-Guitar, Bill Dillon (Robbie Robertson, Daniel Lanois, Peter Gabriel, Sara McLachlan)-Guitars, and Jack Hues (Wang Chung)-Guitar.

"'In The Temple Of The Muse' is such a wonderfully rich body of work that looks at a wide range of emotional landscapes within the human heart. Like a great wine, it's a work that deepens your appreciation of it upon each subsequent listen you give it."
- Ritch Esra, Publisher, Co-founder, A&R Registry

"The singer-songwriter-producer (has) created a personal recording that is a midlife meditation on love, loss and growth. His finely crafted pop-rock songs reveal an appreciation for what matters as time passes."
- Steven Rosenfeld, ASCAP Audio Portraits

"When I sit down to write music, the first thing is to move my emotions, and I'm hopeful that other people will feel the same way I do."
- Martin Page

MARTIN PAGE – BIO

MARTIN PAGE, who hails from Southampton, England, first gained recognition as a songwriter in the early 80’s with Top-40 hits for Kim Carnes and Earth, Wind & Fire, among others. With Bernie Taupin, whose usual partner was Elton John (and with Dennis Lambert & Peter Wolf), Page wrote “WE BUILT THIS CITY,” a Number One Hit for Starship (their first) in 1985. Page and Taupin returned to Number One the following year with “THESE DREAMS,” recorded by Heart (also Heart’s first chart topper). Teaming up with Peter Cox and Richard Drummie of the UK group Go West, Page wrote “KING OF WISHFUL THINKING,” which was featured in the movie “PRETTY WOMAN,” and became a Top Ten hit for GO WEST in 1990, and “FAITHFUL,” another hit for Go West. With Robbie Robertson, Page penned the critically acclaimed “FALLEN ANGEL,” featured in Robertson’s first solo album. Page has also written for, produced or worked with such artists as The Commodores, Barbra Streisand, Tom Jones, Paul Young, Brian Ferry, Phil Collins and Josh Groban, among many others. As a Songwriter/Recording Artist, Page gained success in America for his own band Q-Feel, with the dance hit, “DANCING IN HEAVEN,” which brought him to this country in the early 80’s; and later, Page’s debut solo LP “IN THE HOUSE OF STONE AND LIGHT” was released in 1994. In 1995, its title track became a substantial pop and adult contemporary hit – breaking the record as the longest charting single in Billboard’s A/C Chart history, and garnering Billboard’s “1995 Top Adult Contemporary Single Of The Year” Award, and ASCAP’s “most played” Award for 1995 and 1996 at ASCAP’s ANNUAL POP AWARDS. Page is now releasing his 2nd solo album, “IN THE TEMPLE OF THE MUSE”, the first release from Page’s independent label, IroningBoard Records.

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MARTIN PAGE - ADDITIONAL BIO FACTS

Born in Southampton, England

1980: Signed first publishing deal in London (with Zomba).
Formed recording group Q-FEEL: 4-piece band in which Page was lead singer, bass player,
key writer, co-producer.
Q-Feel signed Recording contract w/ Jive Records.

1982: “DANCING IN HEAVEN” - Q-Feel single released in USA.
(Re-released in ’85 & charted in Billboard Hot 100)
* Co-written, co-produced & performed by Page, it became one of the biggest cult dance records of its time on the West Coast, especially in Los Angeles, California, and in St. Paul, Minnesota.
(Is still played regularly on KROQ and Star 98-retros)
* Penned, produced & recorded Q-Feel album - released internationally.

MARCH 1983 - Moved from London to Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES:

Once in Los Angeles, Page rapidly formed many important creative and business liaisons, which included Bob Cavallo (Former manager of Prince, Ray Parker, Jr., EW&F, Alanis Morriset, etc., currently managing Seal and Chairman of Buena Vista Music Group). Since 1985, Page has been managed by Diane Poncher, formerly of Cavallo’s management firm.

Page proceeded to collaborate with some of the top writers of our time (see list below) and enjoy chart success with major song covers, including Kim Carnes, Earth, Wind & Fire, Barbra Streisand, The Commodores, Neil Diamond, etc. In 1985 Page had his first two back-to-back No.1 Pop Smash records co-written with Bernie Taupin - “We Built This City” for Starship, immediately followed by “These Dreams” for Heart, and he has never looked back. Key hits that followed: “King of Wishful Thinking” and “Faithful” for Go West, “Fallen Angel” for Robbie Robertson, “In The House Of Stone And Light” for himself, etc.

1994/5: Page signed his first solo recording deal with Mercury Records and later released his debut single, “IN THE HOUSE OF STONE & LIGHT”, which was a Billboard Top-12 pop hit, and reached #1 in the AC and HAC R&R and Billboard charts, where it held the record as the longest-charting single in Billboard’s Hot A/C chart history (over 55 weeks). “IN THE TEMPLE OF THE MUSE” is Page’s 2nd solo album, and the first release on IroningBoard Records, Page’s independent label.

Some of the award-winning songwriters, producers and artists with whom Martin Page has worked or co-written include the following:

Phil Collins, Elton John, Robbie Robertson, Maurice White, Bernie Taupin, Barbra Streisand, Tom Jones, Go West,
Josh Groban, David Foster, The Blue Nile, Ray Parker, Jr., Paul Young, Philip Bailey, Bruce Hornsby, Martha Davis, Eddie Money, John Waite, Tina Arena, Jack Hues (Wang Chung),
The Commodores, Grace Slick, Mickey Thomas, Hal David,
Air Supply, Melissa Manchester, Robbie Nevil, Ivan Neville,
Jason Chef/Chicago, Kim Carnes, Stephen Bishop, Peter Wolf, Hamish Stuart, Samantha Fox, Lee Ritenour, Cher, Jon Lind,
Diane Warren, Franne Golde, Allee Willis, John Bettis, Peter Collins, Tim Friese-Greene, Mike Shipley, Richie Zito,
Michael Masser, Georgio Moroder, Michel Colombier, etc.


PROJECTS ON WHICH PAGE HAS PARTICIPATED:

MARTIN PAGE/IN THE HOUSE OF STONE AND LIGHT ALBUM - (Mercury) July 1994
• 1st Solo LP - Wrote, arranged, performed & produced entire LP (2 songs co-written w/ Taupin)
PAUL YOUNG - (CBS) May 1988
• Co-wrote, arranged, produced, played keyboards & sang background vocals on “OUR TIME HAS COME” on the album, released in 1990.

BERNIE TAUPIN SOLO ALBUM - (RCA) May 1987
• Produced and arranged album; co-wrote entire LP w/ Taupin, arranged programmed drums, performed as bass & synth player & background vocalist, etc.

ROBBIE ROBERTSON SOLO ALBUM and STORYVILLE ALBUM - (Geffen) 1987
• Co-writer (w/Robertson) of 2 songs on the debut solo LP, including the critically-acclaimed “Fallen Angel”, on which Peter Gabriel sings background vocals (and “Hell’s Half Acre”). Page is the only outside writer on entire LP with the exception of one song co-written by Robertson with U-2.
• Page played keyboards & bass on selected tracks.
• Also co-wrote “Sign of The Rainbow” on the subsequent “Storyville” LP

TOM JONES ALBUM (JIVE/RCA) 1989
• Wrote, arranged and produced “Who’s Gonna Take You Home Tonight” - Key cut on album, which LP also included the cut “Kiss” produced by ART OF NOISE.

MAURICE WHITE SOLO ALBUM - (CBS) 1985
• Associate Producer, bass & synth player, vocalist, composer and lyricist. Co-writer of majority of the songs on the LP.

RAY PARKER, JR. - GHOSTBUSTERS SINGLE - (ARISTA) 1984
• Played synthesizer and other musical instruments on this song, which won a Grammy Award for its instrumental performance.

STARSHIP ALBUM - (RCA) 1985
• Sang background vocals on “Love Rusts”; co-wrote w/Taupin “Love Rusts” and We Built This City”, which was nominated for a Grammy, won the ASCAP Pop Award - 1986, and gave Starship their first #1 hit record (international smash) of their long career.

EARTH, WIND & FIRE ALBUM - (CBS) 1984
• Wrote and co-wrote many of the songs
• Played keyboards, etc.

JOSH GROBAN / CLOSER ALBUM (143/WB RECORDS) 2003
• Wrote, arranged, produced and played on “Mi Morena” on the Internet Edition and the Special Limited Edition of this multi-platinum album. “Mi Morena” was also included in Josh Groban’s “LIVE AT THE GREEK” CD and, in 2007, HALLMARK’s Valentine’s 6-song Josh Groban CD.

Q-FEEL ALBUM – (Jive/Arista) 1982
• Co-produced, Co-wrote, Arranged, played bass & keyboards, etc. , and sang lead and background vocals on all tracks on the album, including the hit, “DANCING IN HEAVEN (ORBITAL BE-BOP)”.

VARIOUS ARTISTS / ABRAZOS 2007 COMPILATION ALBUM - 2008
* As one of the featured artists on this album (the proceeds for which go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer), Page wrote, arranged, produced, played and sang the song "Healing Waters" (listen at myspace.com/abrazos2005).

MARTIN PAGE / IN THE TEMPLE OF THE MUSE – (IroningBoard) April 2008
• 1st Independent release on Page’s label - Wrote, arranged, performed, recorded & produced entire album.

Also, played and sang on and/or produced and/or wrote tracks on various other albums for these artists and film projects, among others: JOHN WAITE, BONE SYMPHONY, TEDDY PENDERGRASS, KIM CARNES, CURT SMITH (of Tears For Fears), TINA ARENA (Album sold Triple Platinum in Australia within 3 weeks of release), NEIL DIAMOND, THREE GRACES, PHENOMENON soundtrack, PRETTY WOMAN soundtrack, CATS DON'T DANCE animated film soundtrack, DAYS OF THUNDER soundtrack, CADDYSHACK II soundtrack, GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN soundtrack, etc.


martinpage.com myspace.com/martinpage


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Matt DiMarino

That Was Fast
Sold out already??? Well, that pretty much speaks for itself.

Denise Reiland

Wow!
I can't believe it already sold out:( Well, long awaited and the cuts I've heard, I love!!!!!!

Suz Stapler

Hope it doesn't take another 13 years
Martin Page writes gorgeous music with exquisite lyrics.I hope the next one takes less time to come out.

Tamara Vidos

In the Temple of the Muse
Beautiful album! As with the first, a pleasure to listen to. A very rewarding artistic production. Thank you.

Mary Jennifer Spengler

Amazing and beautiful album
I don't have time to write a book on this, but let me just say that this album is now among my top picks in my collection. Amazing etheric strings/synths... haunting harmonies... majestic melodies... Overall, it's a colorful and scenic soundscape that my ears and soul crave. The muses were/are definitely with Mr. Page.... May Martin live always in the Temple of the Muse. :)

~Jen

Martin

Martin Page
Beautiful Music, an excellent Album. Wish him all the best!

Lisa Perna

It's About Time!!!
And well worth the 13 year wait. It's every bit as terrific as "In The House Of Stone And Light", which is one of my favorite CD's of all time. Even my Dad liked it (and he's a tough critic)

Susan Rehmeier

In the Temple of the Muse
Enjoying every minute of the CD!!!

As others have said.. Please don\'t leave us waiting 13+ yrs in-between CD\'s

I predict \"Blessed\" will be a big hit as first dance Wedding songs.

Love it..!!!!

Hopeful

In the Temple of the Muse
This was a good album. The songs were solid, each one of them. The album still reminds me of a time in Page's career when he was well presented. When his public image (only Myspace back then) was in keeping with the quality of person many of us had come to respect and admire. A man that was himself solid, thoughtful, and carefully deliberated. His blogs then were always well thought out and thought through, evident of care, evident of the man's intelligence. Quality man. I admired him a great deal. Had admired the man, and his music - as well as what he seemed, always, to stand for as a human being - for a good many years by the time of this album's appearance.

What happened? Why after this album's release did he allow his music, and the way he was presented to us, to be so poorly thought out, so poorly presented, that it could only result in tarnishing and/or sabotaging his music and our perception of him? Some of the videos (fans) made to songs on this very album were a complete mockery of his music, his intelligence, as well as him, yet allowed to stand, some years afterward, as all that did represent his songs on the internet. Did he/no one in his camp, realize how damaging that was to both his image as well as the inherent quality (and beauty) of his music? Does this man, this immensely talented artist, even have the input of a competent public relations specialist to advise him in such matters?

I had admired this person a great deal. The oh so apparent difference - often evident thoughtlessness - in how he's been presented in recent years, is something I found very sad. Do hope he one day hires a competent public relations adviser that can assist in putting him, and his music, back on track and in keeping with the quality of person I believe he still is.

This is a quality artist, quality of human being, that should be, and certainly deserves to be, painted, presented, and represented in a far, far better light than he has some time, some years now, been.

Music Fan

In the Temple of the Muse
This was a good album. The songs were solid, each one of them. The album still reminds me of a time (2008) in Page's career when he was well presented. When his public image was in keeping with the quality of person many of us had come to respect and admire. A man that was himself solid, thoughtful, and carefully deliberated. His blogs then were always well thought out and thought through, evident of care, evident of the man's intelligence. Quality man. I admired him a great deal. Had admired the man, and his music - as well as what he seemed, always, to stand for as a human being - for a good many years by the time of this album's appearance.

What happened? Why after this album's release did he allow his music, and the way he was presented to us, to be so poorly thought out, so poorly presented, that it could only result in tarnishing and/or sabotaging his music and our perception of him? Some of the videos (fans) made to songs on this very album were a complete mockery of his music, his intelligence, as well as him, yet allowed to stand, some years afterward, as all that did represent his songs on the internet. Did he/no one in his camp, realize how damaging that was to both his image as well as the inherent quality (and beauty) of his music? Does this man, this immensely talented artist, even have the input of a competent public relations specialist to advise him in such matters?

I had admired this person a great deal. The oh so apparent difference - often evident thoughtlessness - in how he's been presented in recent years, is something I found very sad. Do hope he one day hires a competent public relations adviser that can assist in putting him, and his music, back on track and in keeping with the quality of person I believe he still is.

This is a quality artist, quality of human being, that should be, and certainly deserves to be, painted, presented, and represented in a far, far better light than he has some time, and some years now, been.
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