Martha Berner and The Significant Others
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Martha Berner and The Significant Others

Williams Bay, Wisconsin, United States | INDIE

Williams Bay, Wisconsin, United States | INDIE
Band Americana Singer/Songwriter


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"Berner’s voice can thicken and thin like Joni Mitchell’s"

“...think Natalie Merchant with fewer adult contemporary leanings or Aimee Mann on a folkier trip. Berner’s voice can thicken and thin
like Joni Mitchell’s and it’s unmistakably her greatest asset.” – Magnet - Magnet


“Martha’s live shows are revelatory.” - Chicagoist - Chicagoist

"...musical style of Wilco"

“...evokes the vocals of Tori Amos and the musical style of Wilco.” – The Chicago Tribune - Chicago Tribune

"Selected Best of 2005"

When Martha Berner opens her mouth on : This Side of Yesterday: she conjures up images of Natalie Merchant and Tori Amos. As she strums her guitar and unveils personal poetry with meaty meaning, it's evident she's a disciple of Dylan and probably a fan of Wilco... this troubadour is a true switch hitter committed to quality song craftsmanship" Illinois Entertainer, Jan. 2006, selected Best of 2005 'Around Hear' - Illinois Entertainer

"peppy, poppy and deliciously sad"

Martha Berner's "...this side of yesterday" is a very solid disc with tunes that are peppy, poppy and deliciously sad. Each tune has its own distinct hook, with seemingly very little effort..." - Richard Milne / WXRT Chicago - WXRT Chicago

"An artist with bittersweet, pleading words"

An individualist. A poet. An artist with bittersweet, pleading words that stick to your heart like gum on a sidewalk in the middle of September.

I hope this side of yesterday receives the recognition it deserves. This is a soothing cup of tea on a cold afternoon, sit back and enjoy the warmth.

Barbara Lawrence -

"'Editors Pick'"

A talented singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (she plays guitar, trumpet, percussion, and harmonica) like Martha Berner remind us that woman musicians are way more sexy than a million talent-less props like Jessica Simpson and Brittany Spears. -

"Wonderful blend..."

(Martha Berner's : This Side Of Yesterday), a wonderful blend of indie rock and Americana. -


"The Martha Berner record is fantastic. I've already had e-mails about it." (after the first couple spins) - - Tim Schaefer/WKZE


"Sumptuous well-produced sound of singer / songwriters like the European artists Emiliana Torrini and Martha Tilston or American artists like Dar Williams and Shawn Colvin". songs:illinois

"Wilco-esque glow with the sweetly sung vocals of Natalie Merchant and the darker guitars and imagery of the Indigo Girls." HearSay magazine

"poignant yet gratifyingly sturdy."Fingertips Music

"Her voice is a tender one with nice range and a captivating storytelling quality about it. Mature adult indie-pop with flecks of alt-country mixed in."

" refreshing collection of indie folk-rock" The Music Edge

"haunting and real". MKEonline

"infuses indie-rock sensibilities into songs that embrace the spirit and soul of Americana music." The Week
- various CD review quotes...


"Martha Berner is the most requested local artist ever played on 96.1 The Lake. We dream of having the talent she has. She rocks!" - Nancy Douglass - GM / WLKG Radio (Lake Geneva, WI) - WLKG RADIO


"Fool's Fantasy" full-length released December 13, 2011 on pOprOck recOrds, Los Angeles.

"Ten Tiny Little Pieces " E.P. released January 23rd, 2007
The song “Wait For Me” from this album was featured on MTV’s
popular television show “The Real World.”

"...this side of yesterday" (full-length debut CD on Machine Records) : Released Oct. 15, 2005

"Friend of Howard" (self-produced 5-song EP)




"A delightfully twangy, alt-country/bar-rock sound. Fritz contributes tumbling guitar lines that nicely compliment Berner's vocals, which switch from smoky-sweet to raw and impassioned on a dime—it's easy to see why the singer's live performances have been so lauded by critics." - Metromix NYC

“…think Natalie Merchant with fewer adult contemporary leanings or Aimee Mann on a folkier trip. Berner’s voice can thicken and thin like Joni Mitchell’s and it’s unmistakably her greatest asset" – Magnet

Ever since the release of her 2005 full-length debut ...this side of yesterday indie-folk singer/songwriter Martha Berner has created quite a buzz in the music world. Not only did that release and her 2007 follow-up EP Ten Tiny Little Pieces garner a wealth of press accolades both nationally
and abroad, including features in high-profile publications, such as Magnet, Performing Songwriter, Chicago Tribune, Hear/Say and Out Magazine, but it also opened the door for worldwide radio play (not only in the U.S., but also abroad on radio stations in Japan, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, the UK, Israel, as well as many other countries). In addition, Martha has made numerous in-studio radio performances throughout the nation, and has also performed live on a number of FOX, CBS and NBC television news shows. Her song “Wait For Me” was also featured on MTV’s popular television show “The Real World.”
Martha’s own upbeat Americana composition “A Town Called Happiness” was also featured along with songs from Neko Case, Joseph Arthur, The New Pornographers, Michelle Shocked and others on a compilation CD entitled The Voices and Faces Project. This same song also later appeared on an exclusive CD sampler compiled by Chicago’s I-GO Car Sharing alongside other Chicago luminaries such as Wilco, Studs Terkel and Neko Case.

It's been six years since the release of her well-received debut album ...this side of yesterday, but December marks the return of indie-folk singer/songwriter Martha Berner with her long-awaited full-length follow-up Fool's Fantasy along with her new band The Significant Others.

The entire album was recorded at Chicago’s premiere digital recording studio Stranded On A Planet with producer & Significant Others' guitarist Scott Fritz, and was mastered by four-time Grammy Award winner Gavin Lurssen (Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Cat Power, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, etc). While this new material still incorporates the Chicago-based (by way of Williams Bay, WI) musician's trademark whiskey-and-honey vocals and thought-provoking subjects that stretch across folk, pop and Americana, Fool’s Fantasy marks Martha's first true band effort - incorporating elements of Stax soul, insurgent country and the unbridled passion of late ‘60s rock-n-roll.