Martin Shears
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"Singer/Songwriter Martin Shears"

"Do You Hear?" contains 10 hook-loaded pop gems with enough lyrical weight and wit to stand up to repeated listenings. Immensely catchy pop songs is this quartet's specialty. The band's sound is classic and timeless." - Get Out Magazine


"CD Review: The Scones "Do You Hear?""

"Polished pop for now-and-then people. Flashes of old New Wave reflect off the head of Martin Shears, who writes impressive songs and sings 'em with style." - Phoenix New Times


"SHARP SHEARS"

Relocated Martin Shears gives Monterey County one of its strongest singer-songwriters. - Monterey County Weekly


Discography

The Scones "Do You Hear?" LP (1999)
She - Single
Beautiful Losers - Single
Alone With Everyone - Single
Hard For Me - Single
It Doesn't Matter Anymore - Single
Innocence - Single
Everyday's A Saturday - Single
A Lot Like You - Single

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Martin Shears is a man on a mission. To quite simply make music that matters: music that has the timeless qualities of classic rock; music that will last far beyond the scope of today’s constantly changing trends and seek out audiences who are in tune and connect with great songs. “Music is not supposed to just keep us company on the way to work. Great music gets attached to times of joy and despair and plays along with our memories like a movie score. Great songs become the soundtrack to our lives.” As the singer/songwriter for the popular Phoenix based band ‘The Scones’ (formed in 1995) and as a solo artist, Shears’ has garnered a reputation for song craft. The Scones 1999 release ‘Do You Hear?’ rose to critical acclaim; all ten tracks having been penned by Shears. Songs from the CD including “Everyday’s A Saturday, “ “A Lot Like You,” and the emotionally stirring “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” have been featured on various major network television shows. Shears’ upcoming solo CD promises to deliver on his reputation. Pre-release tracks from the CD are already being touted as “his best work yet.” About his songwriting Shears says, “I tend to write from my experience with human weirdness whether it be my own or somebody else’s. We’re all just trying to figure out how to contribute to each other without losing ourselves. People are complicated and I enjoy trying to capture that in four minutes or less.” Shears’ early inspiration came from growing up in a very musical family where he was exposed to everything from Classical and Big Band to Rock and British Folk. His oldest brother guided his early development on piano, voice and ear training which gave the young Englishman the skills to teach himself guitar and start writing songs. Having lived in the U.K. during his formative years then in the U.S., Shears’ sound can be best described as a blend of cultures. An engaging and expressive singer, his voice brings a song’s character to life and delivers the message with pinpoint accuracy. Martin Shears is a seasoned performer having toured Europe eight times and averages over 200 gigs per year in the US. The transplanted Englishman has shared the stage with such artists as, They Might Be Giants, Michael Penn, Robyn Hitchcock, and Thomas Dolby to name a few. Shears draws on an ocean of classic pop influences in creating his own fresh yet timeless sound. Echoes of acts like Crowded House, Squeeze, Beatles and others are effortlessly reborn in the singer’s own infectious songs that have been aptly described as modern classics. Shears also has an impressive repertoire of cover material to draw from. At last count the list numbered around 600 songs. But don’t expect typical bar music. Performing on guitar, piano and providing bass with his organ-like foot pedals, Shears takes on pop and rock classics that most musicians wouldn’t even attempt. The quote most heard from audiences? “Your song selection is amazing!” In 2008, Shears relocated his recording studio, Brilliant Records, to the Monterey Peninsula, California where he is producing a variety of music and artists. 2009 saw the emergence of a new project - Martin Shears' School of Rock. The music program is aimed at teaching young musicians not just how to play their instruments but how to play Rock music together as a group. Housed at the Carmel Youth Center, MSSR is Shears' vehicle to pass his vast musical knowledge onto the next generation of rockers. Experiencing Martin Shears live is a "must do." Monterey and Bay area shows are frequent. A return to Europe is being planned as is the yearly reunion with his old Scones band mates.