Will Martin - a storming sensation

cwilko2011 By cwilko2011, 17th Jun 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1g7.w.h5/
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A short article on the New Zealand crossover tenor who stormed the classical chart and is poised to do the same with the release of his second Album later this year. "The youngest man in history to top the UK Classical Chart".

Who is Will Martin?

Will Martin is a crossover classical tenor from New Zealand. Having had no real training until his early teens, Will began to sing at school, later joining an amateur dramatics society.

Starting off with humble beginnings, Will Martin has swiftly shot to the top with in an amazingly short amount of time. Prior to his signing with Universal Music, Martin was already singing on cruise ships and at the Hard Rock Cafe. What really launched him was the recognition he gained when singing the New Zealand national anthem for the legendary All Blacks.

This led to the release of his debut Album "A New World" in 2007, which subsequently went platinum in New Zealand and rocketed him to the top spot of the UK Classical chart, an achievement for the youngest ever man to do so.

A New World

While the music on this debut album is predominantly covers, the original spin that the young tenor places on his music is inspiring.

His debut single "Going Home" struck a massive chord with the British public. The original composition is Dvorak's New World Symphony, Second Movement. The British public however will remember it more fondly as the Hovis advert tune. Not only does this evoke a nostalgic feeling, it also evokes the feeling of elation. The song reached 21 at its peak in the mainstream chart, something equally as impressive for a classical song.

The remainder of the album is as equally impressive. Martin takes us through a nostalgic trip and uses his unique voice to put his own stamp on songs such as Nature Boy, The Last Rose of Summer and Highland Cathedral.

As with many albums that are predominantly covers, you would expect it to be lack lustre. This however is not the case with A New World. What Martin does, is take a classic song and transforms it into something contemporary but still in keep with its original composition.

Backed by a full orchestra, the album has a rich, uplifting tone that can turn the dullest of days into a sunny haven. He is backed by choral singers who perfectly compliment his voice.

Inspirations

An aptly named follow up album. Inspirations turns away from the traditional songs of A New World and presents us with some more contemporary songs.

The first single to be released from the album is a cover of Elton John's classic, Your Song. There have, over the years, been innumerable covers of this song, with the latest offering from Ellie Goulding. Some may argue that the original is best and while I concede there is nothing like the original. Martin once again takes it as his own. It is more of a homage to Elton John instead of a rip off.

The album itself is as equally uplifting and relaxing as its predecessor. Martin's pure voice is easy to listen to and perfect after a long, difficult day. The cover of In the Air Tonight is as much a homage to Phil Collins as Your Song to Elton John. The song adds a spike of drama into the otherwise calming album.

What next?

It is clear that things are only heating up for this young tenor and more tours are due around the world. With the impending release of Inspirations due in the UK, his fans are surely waiting on bated breathe to hear the entire album.

All that is left to say is, keep singing Will! We are still listening!

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author avatar Prasul Surendran
17th Jun 2011 (#)

Thanks for introducing Martin and I pray to god for him and best wishes!

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author avatar cwilko2011
17th Jun 2011 (#)

thanks prasul! the album should be coming out on general release in the near future so everyone can hear it!

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