Christina Martin is a multi-award winning Canadian singer-songwriter whose style has been described as an effortless union between alt-country and rock with pop sensibility. “With her sexy girl-next-door beauty, vivacious personality, brightly sparkling voice and unerring love of hooky choruses and peppy rhythms, Christina Martin should've easily slid into the cool waters of modern pop—if only pop hadn't become a pimp for our shallowest tastes and sentiments.” (Edmonton’s Vue Weekly Sept 2010).
Born in Florida, raised in Eastern Canada, Martin left University and moved to Austin Texas in the summer of 1999. In the Fall she moved to Salzgitter Germany where she collaborated on a commercial pop project, marking her first experience singing in a professional studio. In May 2000 she returned to Austin to explore performing and song writing. Following her role as supporting vocalist and dancer for the Austin high-energy rock bank Young Heart Attack in 2001, Martin launched her solo career in 2002 with an opening slot for Wilco and her debut album Pretty Things. Shortly after the album’s release, she returned home to Eastern Canada and had commercial success with two of her songs placed in the award-winning British-Canadian two-part drama Sex Traffic (2004) and the TV drama series Snakes and Ladders (2004).
Martin’s second release Two Hearts (2008) acquired her considerable attention as a hot up-and-coming Canadian artist with several East Coast Music Awards and Nominations, her Two Hearts music video rising to #5 on the MuchMORE Music Countdown, and her first national and international touring across Canada, the US and Ireland. She performed high-profile shows with Canadian rock icon Matt Mays and sang on Parliament Hill in Ottawa for The Queen of England. Her song You Come Home was placed in the internationally distributed teen drama series The Best Years (2010).
Her third album I Can Too (2010) received rave reviews and includes a collaboration with Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor on her rendering of Andrew Sisk’s song Subject To Change. “What sets I Can Too apart is Martin's commitment to honestly exploring complicated relationships.” (Exclaim Magazine October 2010). Following multiple East Coast Music Award Nominations and extensive touring for I Can Too across Canada with Juno nominated indie rock band Cuff The Duke, Martin began touring independently in Germany and Netherlands.
In 2011 Martin worked on building her independent Canadian label Come Undone Records, and focused on developing her online presence globally with fans via community-based projects. She worked with PledgeMusic.com to record and release A House Concert (2011) containing 14 live acoustic versions of songs from her first three studio albums. Martin was nominated at the 2011 Music Nova Scotia Awards for Digital Artist of the Year and A House Concert was nominated at the 2012 East Coast Music Awards for Folk Recording of the Year. This project also raised awareness and funds for the Canadian Mental Health Association. In 2011-2012 Christina continued her community development initiatives with a yearlong Artist in Residency through Geriatric Medicine Research (GMR) at Dalhousie University and The Canadian Dementia Knowledge Translation Network (CDKTN) in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Sleeping With A Stranger (2012) is Martinʼs fifth and newest award-winning album of 12 original songs, and reflects the artist’s coming of age lyrically and musically. “Itʼs one of those rare albums where you have to listen to it all in one sitting. Like a good book that’s hard to put down, ʻSleeping With A Strangerʼ tickles the ears and within three bars you’re completely hooked.” (Americana UK October 2012). In Fall 2012 the album produced by Dale Murray won her 2012 Music Nova Scotia Female Recording of the Year, was nominated for 3 East Coast Music Awards, and her company was nominated for Music Nova Scotia Company of the Year. Her song What I Always Knew was placed in the CBC television drama Heartland and her single Falling For You was voted onto the CBC Radio2 Top 20 countdown, where it remained for 5 months.
Martin is returned from a European tour for Sleeping With a Stranger. With over 80 scheduled concerts in Europe, a performance at Rolling Stone Weekender, a publicity partnership with Oktober Promotion in Hamburg, and an endorsement from the esteemed Duesenberg Guitars in Hannover Germany, this roots-rock singer-songwriter toured extensively using her home base as Artist in Residence in the city of Dachau Germany into 2014.
Martin is currently recording her new full-length album in Nova Scotia, and preparing for exciting live performances with her band in North American and European markets in 2015 and beyond.