At age 5, Jodi Martin would ask her mother ‘Who’s your favourite singer, Mum?’, as she rifled through her LP’s. Each time, she got the same reply: ‘I don’t have favourite singers, I only have favourite songs’. After hearing this enough times, it sparked in Jodi a long-held dream - to become a renowned & outstanding songwriter herself one day.
Jodi starting writing seriously after that, meaning that the Ceduna-born singer/songwriter had been composing for 11 years by the time she turned 16. This was when she became friends with the Chambers family, discovering they had music & the Nullarbor Plain in common. After months of trading songs & mix-tapes, Jodi co-wrote the song ‘Why’ with Nash Chambers. Kasey Chambers recorded it the following year on the Dead Ringer Band's ARIA-Award winning album Homefires.
Jodi has released 3 acclaimed albums. Her debut was NCEIA Album of the Year 'Water & Wood' in 2002, then '21 Stairs' in 2003 & '15 Minutes Out to Sea' in 2005, receiving praise such as " Martin is one of Australia's most talented female singer/songwriters " (The Weekend Australian). On hearing Jodi's third album, Warren McFadden at The Age in Melbourne wrote " '15 Minutes Out to Sea’ announces the arrival of a singer/songwriter of immeasurable potential ".
Jodi has been playlisted on national ABC Radio, and had three separate live shows broadcast on Radio National's prestigious 'Music Deli' programme with Paul Petran. She has toured extensively solo, with her band & with luminaries Arlo Guthrie (in 1998, 2004 & 2008), Bruce Cockburn, Eric Bibb, Richard Thompson, The Waifs, Michelle Shocked, & The Frames. Jodi has toured Europe/UK & was based in Montreal for 4 years, building a fan-base in Eastern Canada.
Jodi's much-anticipated fourth record features co-writes with Australian icon Jeff Lang and Montreal composer Louis Dufort. The album is due for release at the National Folk Festival in April 2011.
Jodi Martin – vocals, acoustic guitar, dobro, baritone electric guitar
I play in duo or band format in Canada with guitarist/violinist Jean-Fred Lizotte, and in Australia with Evan Mannell on drums and my sister Robyn Martin on bass.
Sandcastles EP (1997) limited edition
Water and Wood (2002)
21 Stairs (2003) LIVE ALBUM
15 Minutes Out to Sea (2005)
**New Album DUE OUT April 2011**
'15 Minutes Out to Sea' review The Australian
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Jodi Martin is one of Australia's most talented female singer-songwriters... it is Martin's sense of...Jodi Martin is one of Australia's most talented female singer-songwriters... it is Martin's sense of wonder and gift for storytelling that lifts her songs above contemporaries such as Missy Higgins (as does her far superior voice, with shades of Suzanne Vega and the Waifs' Donna Simpson)...
Aug 27-28 2005
'15 Minutes Out to Sea' review, The Age, Australia
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From the opening crack of drums to the wash of the acoustic guitar and the confident surge of Jodi M...From the opening crack of drums to the wash of the acoustic guitar and the confident surge of Jodi Martin's voice, 15 Minutes Out to Sea announces the arrival of a singer/songwriter of immeasurable potential. After the wisp and waft of her debut album Water and Wood, this effort sees Martin, who plays the Northcote Social Club on Wednesday night emerging from her chrysalis... if Martin sets her course on the back of this album, a real talent will have surfaced on the Australian music scene.
9 October 2005
'Water and Wood' review, Rhythms mag, Australia
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Travel the nearly three thousand kilometres between Perth and Adelaide and you'll probably come acro...Travel the nearly three thousand kilometres between Perth and Adelaide and you'll probably come across the small town of Ceduna, birthplace of Australian singer/songwriter, Jodi Martin.
Jodi Martin's debut CD, Water and Wood, ranges musically from folk to country to reggae to pop...
Her songs capture both urban and non-urban Australia and explore social issues ('Sometimes I Wonder'), relationships ('Eighty Kilos'), racism ('Riddles'), abuse ('The Wagtail'). And the two bonus tracks are a bonus - Robyn Martin's ode to Woolies heroes, and a 'Jamaican-style dub remix' of 'Sometimes I Wonder'.
Jodi Martin is an insightful songwriter and entertaining performer and Water and Wood is a powerful and moving album.
Live Listings Time Out, London
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Kashmir Klub W1, 7:30pm Well-regarded, young (South) Australian songstress Martin has a fine, disti...Kashmir Klub W1, 7:30pm
Well-regarded, young (South) Australian songstress Martin has a fine, distinctive voice and natural storytelling talent, which have made her debut LP, Water and Wood a critical success in her homeland. Tracy Chapman and Suzanne Vega's emotional reflectiveness come to mind, but Martin's take on foly/soul/country is her own.
June 26 - July 3 2002 p117
'15 Minutes Out to Sea' review Canberra Times
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...It has taken roots singer-songwriter Jodi Martin three years to follow up her assured debut, Wate......It has taken roots singer-songwriter Jodi Martin three years to follow up her assured debut, Water and Wood. The wait has been worth it, because on '15 Minutes Out to Sea', Martin is in inspired form. She writes honestly and insightfully about her life and the relationships between people. The album is brimming with great melodies and her soulful vocals are a treat throughout, equally effective in conveying both joy and melancholy. Her taut performance on the ballad 'Too Easy', for example, perfectly captures the angst that goes with falling back in with an ex-lover, while 'Feet on the Jetty' is pure joie de vivre.
The big surprise here is the layered but spacious production and the variety of tonal colours, especially on songs like the hypnotic title track and the hauntingly beautiful 'Westerly Wind'. Also new is the harmony-rich pop of 'Screwed Up' and 'You Showed Me', both guaranteed to make you temporarily defy gravity. '15 Minutes Out to Sea' is a rich and life-affirming musical experience.
Riddles (selected for Australian Music Week on youth radio station JJJ, about the absurdity of racial prejudice from a child's perspective)
Jump Straight In
Bar in Paris (not recorded, a song about what it means to be Australian with our diverse cultural mix and our indigenous heritage).
Who We Are
You Showed Me
Things Don’t Always Go to Plan
Dumb Things (an iconic Australian song by Paul Kelly)
Feet on the Jetty
Sign on the Window (Bob Dylan)
15 Minutes Out to Sea
Love That Survives
Big Yellow Taxi (the classic Joni Mitchell song with my own topical Australian verse included at the end)
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