Ronee Martin

Ronee Martin

BandR&BAdult Contemporary

A musical blend of yesterday and today, with a delicious, eclectic, jazzy-soul-pop collection of original love songs. One listen and you'll understand why so many music legends have requested her talents.

Biography

BLTN Records Artist Ronee Martin's new CD entitled “COME ON THROUGH MY DOOR” is a musical blend of yesterday and today. This must-have CD, on BLTN Records, includes eight addictive songs, mostly written and co-written by the artist herself during her long and intense love affair with music.

This delicious, eclectic, all grown-up jazzy-soul-pop collection includes, “Get Real” co-written with Valerie Pinkston, “Giving Up” written by Ronee, “My Guy”, a fantastic re-make of The Temptations “My Girl”, “Little Sister” co-written with Nick Mundy, “Round and Round” co-written with Frank McComb and Herman Jackson, the title cut “Come On Through My Door” co-written with Howard Covington, “I Wish You All The Best” co-written with Tim Carmon and “I’m Sorry For Leaving You” written by Charlyn Bernal and Ray Pyle.

“Come on Through my Door” is further enriched by the creative contributions of an impressive array of multi-talented musicians, producers, writers, engineers and vocalists including Herman Jackson, Del Akins, Marcus “Hami” Dair, Keith Eaddy, Daryl Smith, Darlene Moreno, Land Richards, Ricky Lawson, Greg Moore, Byron J. Smith, Brandon Coleman, Michael Blum, Michael Dukoff, Mike Fennel, Curtis Williams and background vocalists Marilyn Gabriel, Linda Naney, Aaron Parry, Dr. Noise, Linda St. George and Jonathan Web.

As we look back on many of Martin’s stand out accomplishments, we realize that she is no stranger to singing or to songwriting success. “This is Love” co-written by Ronee was recorded by her childhood idol, the legendary Gladys Knight on her “Good Woman” CD. “This was a huge moment in my life,” Ronee recalls, “I would have never thought in a million years I would have my hand on something that Gladys Knight would record.”

Martin’s talent is further underscored by the “A” list of songwriters and producers that have worked with her: Names like Burt Bacharach and Carol Bayer Sager, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Alan Rich, Judd Friedman, Gerry Stober, Howie Rice, Marty Sharon and Patrick Williams!

Of note, Martin was a featured vocalist on Tom Scott’s “One Day/One Night” album, and on the CD project “Sensation,” a compilation album hosting the talents of Joe Sample, Tom Scott, Hubert Laws and other musical greats, produced by composer/arranger Patrick Williams. She has also recorded background vocals for Wynton Marsalis, Patti Labelle and numerous performers over the years.

Keith Crouch, Kenneth Crouch and Derrick Edmonson produced her solo album project, “Soul of My Heart” on Motown/Mojazz label. During that same period, Ronee recorded two covers that brought radio and public applause—“Santa Baby” and “Silent Night” – both produced by Kenneth Crouch for Motown/MoJazz Christmas CDs, Volume I and II.

To add some interesting twists to her credits, Ronee co-wrote and performed, along with Byron Smith, the musical contents of Time-Warner’s audio book “When Death Comes Stealing” narrated by Angela Bassett, and did voice-overs for a “Seinfeld” commercial at the invitation of producer, Matthew MacCauley. “ Doing voice-overs,” Ronee remembers, “was an amazing experience, another unforgettable high!”

Back in her childhood days, after the Virginia native would finish her chores of feeding the pigs and the chickens, drawing well water, bringing in wood and occasionally milking the cow, she would head inside and sing along, in privacy, to the sounds of Brother Joe May, Mahalia Jackson and other gospel favorites of her grandmother’s. By age 10, Ronee was serving up her first big solo to a small congregation of neighborhood families and friends at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Columbia, Virginia. And when the radio waves of R&B music from the big city finally hit her small town, she fell head over heels for the voices of soul royals, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and Dionne Warwick. This inspired Ronee to take a giant leap forward towards the secular music world. She relocated to Washington, D.C., and then to Los Angeles where she continued to chisel away at her musical dream.

After many years of doing what was the latest trend in music, Ronee felt it was time to be true to her self: to sing from a real place…about real things…that really mattered. We feel at home in the world of Ronee Martin’s songs because they take us to places we’ve all been to before. “Come on Through My Door” is filled with songs that will touch your heart and soul and make you want more. Find out from her heart on this CD, just who Ronee Martin is…

Lyrics

GET REAL

Written By: Ronee Martin/Valerie Pinkston


There’s a rumor going ‘round town
That you’re trying to put me down
But when I see you, you act like everything is straight
You leave with nothing much to say

Chorus
What’s that about, get real with me
What’s on your mind, get real with me
No need to fight, get real with me
We know wrong from right, get real

Now there’s no way for me to read your mind
But then I think back to some other time
When you were acting kinda’ funny
When you slipped up and called me honey (instead of baby girl)
Why don’t you come out and say it (say it, say it)
Don’t mess around and make me play it
‘Cuz I use to be good, but I’m not in the mood
I can make you cry out uncle

Tell me what it is, tell me if it’s really real
If it’s really real, tell me what it really is
Get real with me, get real
What’s on you mind, get real with me
Get real with me, get real with me
We know wrong from right, get real
What’s that about, get real with me
What’s on your mind, get real with me
No need to fight, get real with me
We know wrong from right

Bridge
Just look at yourself, you’re some kinda’ mess
Tryin’ to hide the way you feel, baby get real
I don’t wanna scold you, I don’t wanna mold you
Just do the right thing baby or just step to the left

Tell me what it is, tell me if it’s really real (if it’s really real)
Tell me what it really is, tell me what it is
Tell me if it’s really real, if it’s really real; tell me what it really is
Get real, get real, what’s on your mind, get real with me
Get real with me
No need to fight, (get real with me) cuz we know wrong from right (get real)

Oh ohhh
Tryin’ to hide the way you feel, baby get real
I don’t wanna scold you, I don’t wanna mold you
Just do the right thing baby or just step, step, step

What’s that about, tell me what it is (get real with me)
What’s on your mind, get real with me
No need to fight, get real with me oh oh oooh
Get real

Tell me what it is, what it is, tell me if it’s really real
Tell me what it really is, tell me what it is, tell me if it’s really real
Tell me what it really is
Tell me what it is, tell me if it’s really real
Tell me what it really is, tell me what it is
Tell me if it’s really real, tell me what it really is

If you could say what’s on your mind
It would make so much sense
If I could just figure this out
It would be just okay
Get real with me
Get real Get real
Ooh oooh
Get real with me
Get real, get real

I’M SORRY FOR LEAVING YOU

Written By: Charlyn Bernal/Ray Pyle

Ooooohh yeah yeah
I’m sorry for leaving you
I thought I needed to, I was scared, ran away
Turned my back on the one who turned night into day
If only I had known, I would’ve unturned every stone, took it slow
When I was standing in front of that fork in the road

I can’t believe I could throw it all away, I was out of my mind
Selfish and unkind, called on every favor, every angel every saviour
I can’t get through one day without you (one day without you)

Cuz’ I remember that kiss, I remember the promise we made
I remember I still love the way, you know me like I know you
I wish I was dreaming, I’m sorry for leaving you (yeah, oooh )
I’m lying awake tonight, staring at shadows from the moon shining bright
Trying to find a way I can make things right

I can’t believe I could throw it all away, I was out of my mind
Selfish and unkind, called on every favor every angel every saviour
I can’t live one day without you (one day without you)

Cuz’ I remember that kiss, I remember the promise we made
I remember I still love the way, you know me like I know you
I wish I was dreaming, I’m sorry for leaving you (yeah, oooh, I-I)

I remember that kiss, I remember the promise we made
I remember I still love you the way, you know me like I know you
I wish I was dreaming, I’m sorry for leaving

I remember that kiss, oh, oh I remember the promise we made yeah
I remember I still love the way, you know me, yeah, like I know you
I wish I was dreaming, I’m sorry for leaving you

Discography

Current release on BLTN Records
"Come On Through My Door" CD Project.

Featured vocalist on Tom Scott’s “One Day/One Night” album.

Solo Project “Sensation,” on Soundwings Records, a compilation album hosting the talents of Joe Sample, Tom Scott, Hubert Laws and other musical greats, produced by composer/arranger Patrick Williams.

Vocalist on Wynton Marsalis' "Rosewood" soundtrack.

Motown/Mojazz Christman CD's, "Santa Baby" and "Silent Night".

Motown Compilation CD "As Long As I'm Loving You" single.

Featured vocalist on "Grapevine" -- Pharez Whitted's CD project.

Set List

1. Get Real
2. Giving Up
3. My Guy
4. Little Sister
5. Round and Round
6. Come On Through My Door
7. I Wish You All The Best
8. I'm Sorry For Leaving You