Barbara Martin
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Barbara Martin

Staunton, Virginia, United States | INDIE

Staunton, Virginia, United States | INDIE
Band Jazz Blues




"Review for A Different View CD"

“a songwriter with an unexpected gift for double entendre and sultry melody and a singer with a penchant for smoldering seduction.”
Geoffrey Himes
- Howard County Sun, Baltimore

"Review for Touch the Sky CD"

“She is carrying the torch of Ida Cox, Bessie Smith and Sippie Wallace and beautifully evokes their styles into her own compositions.”
Baltimore Blues Society
- Blues Rag

"Songwriting kudo"

“...slice of life songs that ring with truth, wit and experience.” - The Washington Post


Kaleidoscope, 2006, CD
Tis the Season, 2005 with Mac Walter
Touch the Sky, 2004, with Mac Walter
From Ragtime to Rock and Roll, 2000, children's educational CD
A Different View, 1999, CD
Between White and Black, 1996, CD
A Matter of Time, 1993, C



One might be tempted to disbelieve the list of superlatives critics often attached to jazz and blues singer-songwriter Barbara Martin. Witty. Intelligent. Sultry. Down-to-earth. Insightful. Ironic. Polished. Slice-of-life. Sensitive. Provocative. But one listen and you will believe everything they say about her. Barbara Martin is the real deal; a true renaissance woman in a genre prone to stereotypes and pigeon-holes. Barbara’s soulful voice and skillful songwriting make you want “…to lean back in a room with low lights and sip a martini,” as one fan puts it, savoring each song “… as American in style as it is universal in emotional intelligence.” (Washington Post)

“I wanna be James Dean with insolent lips” writes jazz and blues singer-songwriter Barbara Martin in her song “It’s Too Late to Die Young,” and the lyrics and song title couldn’t be more descriptive of a musician known for being an accomplished vocal interpreter of the great jazz and blues standards yet brave enough to stretch the boundaries of the female jazz and blues singer stereotype. Chanteuse, girl-next-door and perceptive poet all rolled into one, the Washington Post calls Barbara Martin’s music “… as American in style as it is universal in emotional intelligence.”