A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Martin Sexton grew up in the ’80s.
Uninterested in the music of the day, he fueled his dreams with the
timeless sounds of classic rock ’n’ roll. 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
friend’s attic. He managed to sell 20,000 copies out of his guitar case.
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 musician’s musician, Sexton can’t keep Hollywood
away. His songs can be heard in many feature films and television including NBC’s
Scrubs, Parenthood and Showtime’s hit series Brotherhood.
Stage, film and television aside, when Sexton isn’t touring he often mixes
entertainment with his sense of social responsibility, performing at benefits for Paul
Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang camp, the Children’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 Billboard’s Heatseekers chart,
and the Los Angeles Times said, “Call him a soul shouter, a road poet, a folkie or a
rocker and you wouldn’t be wrong.”
The accolades continue. Billboard called Sexton’s version of “Working Class Hero” for
the Lennon tribute/benefit in 2010 “chill-inspiring.” 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 “jumps beyond standard fare on the
strength of his voice, a blue-eyed soul man’s supple instrument,” adding, “his
unpretentious heartiness helps him focus on every soul singer’s goal: to amplify the
sound of the ordinary heart.”
Billboard called Sexton “The real thing, people, a star with potential to permanently
affect the musical landscape and keep us entertained for years to come.”