MARTIN LUTHER SHOW @ Conga Room, Los Angeles (Thursday, December 9th). For more info check out the EVENTS page of this site or click on the link below. Tickets can be purchased at giantstepstore.net
"My music is just soul music, but I attach "rebel" to it because my music is revolutionary. I want you to evolve from your day-to-day thinking that most music being played on the radio doesn't encourage or inspire you to do...Therefore my music has some sort of rebellious attitude about it."
who is THIS martin luther?
Every so often, in the midst of countless records that basically sound the same, a breath of fresh air rolls around. A glimmering light sometimes explodes through the dark seas of redundant and over-recycled music. And sometimes, when we need it most, we find a pop and cultural movement that transcends music to a higher level. Music extraordinaire, Martin Luther is now being called one of music next big movements. Exactly where do you fit an artist that can belt out a gospel hymn that will make you catch the holy ghost, strike the chords of a guitar like Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, and pen a hit reminiscent of Earth Wind and Fire, Prince and Sly & The Family Stone all rolled into one? The answer is both nowhere and everywhere. The truth of the matter is that Martin Luther is just one bad-ass artist who doesn't neatly fit into any one particular category.
His is a story of Choir Boy-Turned-Rocker, and his music is a tireless blend of rock, blues, funk and R&B that will indubitably stand the test of time. Martin Luther remarkably combines past and future sounds to give us the very best of global music. Couple such an esteemed name with an unparalleled style of musicianship, then mix that with an innate ability to create sheer magic on both a guitar and a microphone and finally, you have one unbelievably exceptional formula for well, just that...a movement.
Although his is not a name you would typically associate with music—once you've heard his voice and his story, you're not likely to forget him. The multi-talented singer, songwriter, musician and producer has been bubbling quietly within the music world, and has already energized music lovers across the globe with collaborations with some of Pop and Hip Hop's finest. Keeping good company, Martin Luther is currently touring with The Roots during the OkayPlayer 2004 Tour. Lending his gospel-flavored voice to an already remarkable live show, Luther and The Roots join forces to yield one of the most impressive Hip Hop and R&B performances ever. Martin Luther delivers unforgettable renditions of Roots classics, followed by cuts from both The Roots and Martin Luther's (Rebel Soul Music) forthcoming albums.
It's easy to understand how the legacy of a name can make it virtually impossible to not expect great things. Similar to the late Dr. Martin Luther, Jr., Martin Luther was raised on a diet of choir hymns and stringent rules set forth by strict, religious parents. As a youngster, he was forced to take traditional piano lessons so that he could one day play in church. Although his parents had one thing planned for him, the young rebel clearly had something else in mind for himself. After being exposed to the psychedelic sounds of Parliament Funkadelic by his brother, Martin Luther found his true calling. A young music revolutionary was born, and his mission began.
Outfitted with a strong sense of community, musicianship and humanity, Martin Luther began to fulfill his perpetual need to inspire his community, gender and race with lyrics that uplift, music that stimulates and a voice that elevates.
Becoming enamored with everything funk Martin Luther rebelled against tickling the ivories. Bored and unmoved by conventional music lessons early on encouraged the young Martin Luther to find his own voice, develop his own style and create his own musical path. "I could hear music, so I was using my ear to teach me how to do what I wanted to do, but my teacher had her way of doing things. We would always be at war come rehearsal time, so the formal training ended up just not working out.