Leah Martensen
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Leah Martensen

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | INDIE

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | INDIE
Band Pop Singer/Songwriter

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"London Free Methodist Church"

Dear Leah:
Might I take this opportunity, on behalf of our congregation, to express to you our sincere appreciation for your coming to London to minister to us in music. We all appreciated, and were blessed by your music and it was great that you included congregational participation as well. Again, thank you for being with us, it was our pleasure to welcome you. Perhaps we might be able to look forward to another visit at some point in the future.
Pastor Mowat
London Free Methodist
London, Ontario - Pastor Terry Mowat


"Chapel Heights Church -UM"

Leah, Thank you so much for the wonderful concert. It was a blessing to have you share your gift with us. I am excited about the children who are being sponsored.
Pastor Carol Davies
Chapel Heights and Bethel
United Methodist Churches -New Jersey - Pastor Carol Davies


"CrossRoads Community Church"

It is my privilege to offer this personal reference regarding Leah Martensen and her ministry in music. Leah has been part of our congregation for the last several years. During that time I have had opportunity to get to know her well in my role as her pastor and as a friend.
Leah serves in two key positions of leadership at CrossRoads Community Church here in Temperance, Michigan. One is her role on the Program Design Team which helps to plan all of our Sunday services including elements of music, drama and media. Leah makes a valuable contribution to every aspect of this ministry team. Leah also serves as a vocalist on our worship and music ministry team. It is a great testimony to her character that she frequently sings both lead solos and backup roles. She has a servant’s heart which is often hard to find among talented musicians. I highly recommend Leah to your ministry both for her musical talent and for her Christ-like spirit.

Sincerely,
Glenn H. Teal
Senior Pastor
- Senior Pastor Glenn Teal


"Norton Bible Church"

It was our distinct pleasure to have Leah Martensen as a special guest for our Sunday evening Drive-In service of Newberg Norton Bible Church. Assisted by her husband Jan, Leah presented an entertaining and challenging message of faith and salvation. She reaches out to the believer as well as the non-believer to renew or accept faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
Newberg Norton Bible Church’s Sunday evening Drive-In service is an annual outreach ministry. June 18, 2000 was Leah’s premier engagement. We invited Leah back June 24, 2001. Our Pastor and the Church well received Leah and Jan on those visits. I received many requests for a return visit. It is my intention to invite Leah to return and share with us again. I anticipate the members of our congregation will invite more people to visit our Church during Leah’s next visit.


Robert E. Tomlinson
Event Coordinator, Newberg Norton Bible Church
- Robert E. Tomlinson


"New Hope Ministries"

TO LEAH AND THE CREW AT JOYFUL SOUND RECORDING AND MARTENSEN MINISTRIES,
I WANT TO THANK YOU SINCERELY FOR PERFORMING AT OUR FACILITY ON SUNDAY. YOUR SHOW WAS A HIT! OUR CROWD REALLY LOVED THE WAY YOU MADE THE EVENING FUN AND INTERACTIVE.
IT IS OBVIOUS THAT YOU ENJOY PERFORMING FOR PEOPLE AND THAT YOUR STAFF IS EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGEABLE AND COMPETENT. THERE WAS AN ATMOSPHERE THAT NIGHT WHICH WAS JOYFUL AND COMFORTING. WE HAD SOME PEOPLE THERE WHO HAD NEVER VISITED OUR CHURCH BEFORE. I BELIEVE THEY WILL COME BACK DUE IN LARGE PART TO THE EXPERIENCE THEY ENCOUNTERED AT YOUR CONCERT.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT ANYONE LOOKING FOR AN ENJOYABLE EVENING OF FUN MUSIC,AND FELLOWSHIP,BOOK YOU INTO THEIR VENUE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU PERFORM AT THE NUMEROUS OTHER EVENTS WE DISCUSSED PLANNING WITHIN OUR CONFERENCE OF CHURCHES. MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU AND YOUR MINISTRIES.

SERVING HIM RADICALLY,
DREW KEARNS
SENIOR PASTOR
NEW HOPE MINISTRIES-FM
MAYFIELD HEIGHTS,OH - Drew Kearns-Senior Pastor


"Transport For Christ"

Leah's music ministry crosses all generational barrier. I have seen children and adults moved by the gift of song God has placed in Leah's heart. Leah has ministered to truck drivers melting their hearts as they heard God's love proclaimed to them. We have enjoyed hearing Leah's powerful testimony reaching those God places in her path. You too will be blessed by her witness.

Chaplain Kevin Van Horn
Transport For Christ
Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Chaplain Kevin Van Horn


"Beulah Baptist Church"

We had Leah Martensen at Beulah Baptist in East Central Alabama and we were totally blessed by her sweet voice and video display. Leah has a unique gift from God for reaching people through music that moves those who hear her closer to God. I highly recommend that you have Leah come and inspire your worship of God.

Ed C. Smith, Jr.
Evangelist
- Pastor and Evangelist Ed C. Smith, Jr.


"Transport For Christ"

Leah's music ministry crosses all generational barrier. I have seen children and adults moved by the gift of song God has placed in Leah's heart. Leah has ministered to truck drivers melting their hearts as they heard God's love proclaimed to them. We have enjoyed hearing Leah's powerful testimony reaching those God places in her path. You too will be blessed by her witness.

Chaplain Kevin Van Horn
Transport For Christ
Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Chaplain Kevin Van Horn


"The Nite Lite Gospel House"

IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE TO FULLY RECOMMEND THE MINISTRY OF LEAH R. MARTENSEN TO YOUR CHURCH OR CHRISTIAN FUNCTION. SHE HAS BEEN IN CONCERT AT OUR MINISTRY ON TWO SEPARATE DATES AND AT A MORNING SERVICE AT A CLOSE ASSOCIATE'S CHURCH. ON ALL THREE OCCASIONS MS. MARTENSEN NOT ONLY OFFERED A PROFESSIONAL AND WELL CARRIED OUT PROGRAM BUT ALSO GENUINELY MINISTERED TO THE PEOPLE ON A LEVEL THAT THEY WERE PRESENTLY ON. SHE RADIATES AN OPENNESS AND HUMILITY WITH A UNIQUE ENTHUSIASM THAT IS HIGHLY INFECTIOUS AND REFRESHING. MS. MARTENSEN'S HEART IS CLEARLY CENTERED IN THE WORK THAT GOD HAS LAID BEFORE HER. HER MANNER AND CONDUCT WERE AT ALL TIMES APPROPRIATE AND SUBMISSIVE TO THE AUTONOMY OF OUR MINISTRY. WITH OUT RESERVATION I CAN GIVE MY FULL RECOMMENDATION OF THE MINISTRY OF LEAH R. MARTENSEN.

REVEREND RONALD M. PINKERTON
EXEC DIRECTOR
THE NITE LITE GOSPEL HOUSE RECLAIMED MINISTRIES, INC
BATH, NEW YORK - Reverend Ronald M. Pinkerton


"Frankford Free Methodist Church"

Oh, no! Not another message from Alan Adams!!! Yes, but this one's quite different. . . a week ago we were blessed here in Frankford by the music ministry of Leah Martensen, a Christian soloist and recording artist from Toledo, Ohio.
Leah and her husband Jan are active members of Crossroads Community Church in Temperance, Michigan, pastored by Glenn Teal, with whom many of us are acquainted.

Leah ministered to us in an hour-long concert on Saturday evening, singing some of her own songs. And she contributed positively to the Sunday morning worship. Leah and Jan travel to their ministry engagements in a motor-home. Jan handles all the audio-visual aspects of the ministry which are quite impressive.

I have no hesitation in recommending Leah Martensen's ministry to you. Her down-to-earth style while singing heavenly realities is refreshing. Leah
has a beautiful voice and a warm, engaging manner. Let's bring her often to this country!

Sincerely, your colleague,
Alan Adams
Frankford,Canada - Pastor Alan Adams


"The Nite Lite Gospel House"

IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE TO FULLY RECOMMEND THE MINISTRY OF LEAH R. MARTENSEN TO YOUR CHURCH OR CHRISTIAN FUNCTION. SHE HAS BEEN IN CONCERT AT OUR MINISTRY ON TWO SEPARATE DATES AND AT A MORNING SERVICE AT A CLOSE ASSOCIATE'S CHURCH. ON ALL THREE OCCASIONS MS. MARTENSEN NOT ONLY OFFERED A PROFESSIONAL AND WELL CARRIED OUT PROGRAM BUT ALSO GENUINELY MINISTERED TO THE PEOPLE ON A LEVEL THAT THEY WERE PRESENTLY ON. SHE RADIATES AN OPENNESS AND HUMILITY WITH A UNIQUE ENTHUSIASM THAT IS HIGHLY INFECTIOUS AND REFRESHING. MS. MARTENSEN'S HEART IS CLEARLY CENTERED IN THE WORK THAT GOD HAS LAID BEFORE HER. HER MANNER AND CONDUCT WERE AT ALL TIMES APPROPRIATE AND SUBMISSIVE TO THE AUTONOMY OF OUR MINISTRY. WITH OUT RESERVATION I CAN GIVE MY FULL RECOMMENDATION OF THE MINISTRY OF LEAH R. MARTENSEN.

REVEREND RONALD M. PINKERTON
EXEC DIRECTOR
THE NITE LITE GOSPEL HOUSE RECLAIMED MINISTRIES, INC
BATH, NEW YORK - Reverend Ronald M. Pinkerton


Discography

Who I Really Am - 2012
Still... - 2007
What I'm Not - 2005
Give It To Him - 2002
Where Is The Love - EP - 1999

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Who I Really Am
Realizing that God is not in the business of calling only the equipped but equipping those he calls, Leah is the first to state that she is not a typical musician. "I'm not looking for fame and stardom, nor am I what ‘stardom’ is looking for”, she says. “I have a simple message and I tell my story: God is using me in spite of who I've pretend to be sometimes. I've traveled the world telling this story. Who I pretend to be isn't who I really am! I think we all can relate to that on some level".

As she prepares to release her fifth album, Leah is shifting gears, leaning towards a more rock/blues flavor, a different sound from her last releases, "What I'm Not" and ‘Still...’, which were both contemporary pop. "I'm finally home with this CD", Leah say, I'm singing the words God gave me, in the style he created me to sing in. I'm so excited about this new project".

Aptly titled, ‘Who I Really Am" this new album shines its light on Leah’s belief that God sees her for who she really is and not for who she pretends to be.

“People all over the world are lost”, says Leah. “They are hiding who they really are in fear that people won't accept them and God won't love them. God’s love endures, it doesn't matter what other people think or do against us. We just need to following Christ’s example and be who he created us to be".

Recorded at BCM Music Productions in Suffolk, VA, ‘Who I Really Am" will feature songs that touch on real life issues, with emotional underscores, that Leah hopes her audience will relate to on a personal level. She wants to send out an album that gives listeners hope for the future and inspiration to become who they really are. "These songs are me", says Leah, "I have written on 7 of the 11 songs on the "Who I Really Am" CD. These songs are made up of pieces of decisions I've had to make over the years, real fears I've had in my life, moments I've questions why God would love me. They're honest moments in my life",

"I hope my audience will appreciate the message of my new songs and like me, stop pretending and just be who God designed them to be”.

Since launching her musical career nearly twenty years ago, Leah has released five albums with JS Records, Where is the Love (2000), Give It To Him (2002), What I'm Not (2005),Still...(2007) and now "Who I Really Am" What I'm Not earned a top seven place with the single “Shut up and Pray” on the IggyRock charts earlier this year. Still...had several songs from that CD that topped the charts, Something Beautiful set the whole CD project in place. I can't wait to see what "Who I Really Am" will surpass with past charts once it is officially released", says Leah..

Leah formed a collective of female Christian artists called ‘Christian D.I.V.A.S.’ who feature regularly on TSR radio and also on Christian D.I.V.A.s radio program. Christian D.I.V.A.s started out as a group of women artists who supported each other. Now, they tour nationally together singing at conferences and women's event..

Leah started touring with Beth Champion Mason serving Celebrate Recovery group and recovery organization through for the Road To Recovery Tour which is still active today. The "Road To Recovery" tour has travel to almost all the states with the except of about 5. Check out the Road To Recovery website www.roadtorecoverytour.com

Leah's music has been featured on several Podcast programs, including, Build The Church, Mad Money Review, Delta Radio and Delta Podcast.

As Leah has developed her ministry, she has found freedom and opportunities for reaching others. “As a Christian artist, God and I get to call the shots. I have the freedom to go where God leads and I wouldn't want it any other way.”

God has led Leah to interesting places. She has ministered at churches and conferences, recovery groups, women's event and performed at countless coffeehouses, fairs and festivals across the United States and around the world.

Leah has experienced the adventure of traveling with other musicians and continues to plan a busy tour schedule for 2013.

"I've been singing all my life and traveling for the last 16 years. I get to do this with my husband of 28 years and I love that we can grow together in this ministry. It’s a privilege that God would allow us to join with pastors and churches, encouraging their ministries and bringing believers together”.

POINTS OF INTEREST
Averaging 75 + engagements per year
1st place winner in the I.B.B.F. Vocal Competition
Toured Internationally - South Africa, Russia, Finland, Israel, and Canada.
Did backup work with artists like - Larnell Harris, Twilia Paris, Sandi Patti and the Gaithers
Performed on the Larnelle Harris Christmas video
Performed in the "Young Messiah" and "David, A Man After God's Own Heart"
An Affiliate artist with World Vision International
Recorded 2 cd's in Nashville under the "Paradiso Record" label
Radio play both nationally and internationally
Listed in Div