John Martin writes songs that capture life from the inside out. His distinct voice connects with the unspoken needs of the soul as his sound engages the senses. His journey as a songwriter has unfolded in recent years due to his magnetic honesty and ability to say what others think.
Martin, a former Baylor University scholarship wide- receiver, was commissioned by the Big 12 conference to write a sports anthem. “Live Your Dreams” became the conference slogan, and the song debuted at the 2009 Big 12 Football Championship Game before 70,000 fans. That evening, Martin also sang the National Anthem with a mid-field performance to an original arrangement. Martin’s path continued when the song debuted on national television during all Big 12 Bowl games, highlighted by a broadcast during the BCS National Championship telecast.
“Live Your Dreams” appears on the 7 song EP Hotel Piano that Martin recorded with his band August Rose. Each song on Hotel Piano offers a vignette of life, shedding light on struggles, relationships, memories and life lesson common to all. Ranging from the radio friendly sound of “One Year” to the haunting string arrangement of “Captivated”, August Rose’s first release is moving and profound. The highlight of the EP occurs when the military cadence of “Don’t Look Back” grabs your heart and turns your mind to the future, reminding you “if you live life in reverse, it will get worse.”
As his original composition lingered in sports venues and hit the television airwaves, his reputation as a singer/songwriter grew, leading to his second commissioned composition. Martin wrote “Cowboys Forever” for Oklahoma State University. This song displays not only his signature style, but also his ability to paint lyrical images that are not forgotten.
The story leading to the production of “Cowboys Forever” perfectly illustrates the inexplicable quality that sets John and his music apart. In a conversation with a trusted friend, John shared his vision of taking his music to the “next level”. In John’s mind, the most important step was to record with an established producer and said, “Wouldn’t it be ideal to work with the Producer of The Fray?” Five weeks later, John was in Hollywood at the legendary studio Sunset Sound, recording with Aaron Johnson and Warren Huart, who just so happen to be the Producer and Engineer of The Fray’s self-titled sophomore album!
The odds of this occurring were stacked against the unknown artist. But the strengths of John and his music engaged Aaron, a total stranger. And, he, like the Big 12 Conference and OSU, responded, recognizing that this young artist has a gift.
Currently, his song, “Cowboys Forever”, will be played during the OSU Football game opening video.