Donna Martin - Bio
After receiving a three month artist residency from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos New Mexico, Connecticut based contemporary folk singer/songwriter Donna Martin has emerged with her newest cd release Big Country.
Although the assignment of the acoustic/folk genre best categorizes Donna's music, she pulls inspiration from a broad musical palette. Her childhood was richly laced with Canadian roots music that took center stage at family gatherings but the start of her professional career began with her work in a variety of rhythm and blues bands. Her move to country music in the late 80’s placed her center stage in the highly popular New England band Borderline. There she toured the northeast region and parts of Canada sharing the stage with the likes of Charlie Daniels, Nashville road legend Dick Curless and opening for Alabama. An increasing fascination with the lyrical depth and emotional immediacy of singer songwriter music brought her to the acoustic world.
With six recordings of original work, Donna receives radio airplay across the country. Her third album release earned her a spot in the 1998 Lilith Fair where she performed with Bonnie Raitt and Sarah McLachlan. Her fourth cd release received national recognition in Performing Songwriter Magazine. They included “Ghost” in their Top 12 Picks and said, “Martin’s writing and her singing is wistful and personal. A singer-songwriter whose stories are colored by the powers of observation and the frames she puts around them.”
“Seed & History”, Donna's fifth release earned her the prestigious Wurlitzer Foundation residency where she composed her newest work.
In addition to writing and performing, Donna also works as a studio engineer and has
produced and recorded the works of other artists. She is also an educator and has taught songwriting at the Greater Hartford Academy of The Arts for the past 14 years.
Big Country CD 2011
Seed & History CD 2006
Ghost CD 2000
Flammang Guitars Compilation CD 2000
Pioneers CD 1997
Call It Home CD 1994
Farewell Scenes CD 1993
Folk Next Door Vol. II Compilation CD 1993
Folk Next Door Vol. I Compilation CD 1992