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Martha was raised on sounds of classic American artists - such as Bonnie Raitt, The Eagles, The Travelling Wilburys - staples of her family's vinyl collection. She later became interested in female song-writers and country legends such as Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Sheryl Crow and felt inspired to take up the craft of writing, herself.
Her debut album, Better Days, was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2014 with David Spicher producing and Music City's best players appearing on the release.
For her new EP, To Be Free, Martha was eager to replicate the live experience she first tasted at the infamous Sun Studio in 2013, with the Grammy-award winning producer/engineer, Matt Ross-Spang. This time, instead of taking the streetcar down Main Street in Memphis, she took the M77 into her native Glasgow, Scotland, and recorded an EP, entitled To Be Free, with Johnny Smillie at La Chunky Studio.
"I was keen to get back into the studio and do a live EP in between albums number one and two" says Martha. "There are a couple of new tracks on there, plus two of my all-time favourite country songs, by Hank Williams and Patsy Cline. The older I get, the less I listen to modern music: I'm stepping back in time more, and enjoying the experience."
2016 saw her travel to has seen her travel to Kansas City, to play and showcase at Folk Alliance - with funding assistance from Creative Scotland. Martha has just freshly returned from Nashville, where she has been co-writing her second album and playing live at the world-renowned Bluebird Cafe and The Nashville Palace, amongst other legendary venues.
2017 has already seen her play the 02 as part of Country2Country Festival, and she's looking forward to getting out on the road further over the summer months and to being a part of DoricanaFest and Glasgow Americana 2017.