James and Tom Martin

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James David Martin and Thomas Richard Martin (twins born 2 December 1977 in York, UK), are English musicians and songwriters. Thomas (Tom) plays guitar and James plays keyboards. As well as playing in several bands, they have co-written songs which have charted for other recording artists such as Do and Khymera

Musical career[edit]

Identical twins Tom and James started learning the guitar at 15 after playing truant from school and watching Van Halen videos on MTV. Fascinated by Pop Culture and the escape from real life, an obsession with music began. With Tom favouring the guitar, James took up the keyboard as it would be more ideal for a band situation.

Sugartown[edit]

"Sugartown" was the first real band the twins put together. It was named after the large number of chocolate factories in York at that time. (i.e. Nestle, Terrys, Cravens) In 1998 the initial line up included ex Big Guns guitarist, Phil O'Dea and Betty Curse drummer, Chris Prendergast. Two E.Ps were recorded, S/T and 4TUNE, both of which received great reviews. The band were offered a record deal with German record label AOR Heaven, but negotiations collapsed and the band disbanded shortly afterwards.

Having also worked as postmen and bingo callers, at the turn of the millennium James and Tom re-formed Sugartown with new members, and with a new, poppier sound. They recorded a new EP titled "The Next Big Thing". The band gained management in America and were showcased and filtered through Universal. Again, with no joy, the band disbanded.

In April 2001 the band recorded a 3 track CD with a new vocalist, singer/songwriter Alistair Griffin. They would sometimes play under alias names, mainly "Luxury" and played strongly in the York/Harrogate area, performing cover songs along with original material. Among the high points in this era was an opening appearance at Party in the Park,Temple Newsham Leeds.

In 2003 Griffin left the band to enter BBC'S Fame Academy and came runner up to Alex Parks.

Kryah[edit]

In 2004 the twins assembled a new band named Kryah with long term friend Pete Lauda, Nottingham drummer Daniel Chantrey and Birmingham vocalist Scott Dean. The band toured the country through 2004/05 with a high point playing The London Astoria. A 3 track EP was recorded, (15 March / Going blind / No warning) at the Dairy Studios in Brixton and mastered at Abbey Road. The EP was co-produced by Ian Brown songwriter Marc Lane. The band broke up in 2006 with vocalist Scott Dean leaving to pursue a solo career.

Shortly after the demise of Kryah, Tom and James hooked up again in 2006 with Alistair Griffin,as the founding members of Alistair's new band "Albion",( both leaving after the initial few months to form The Station Club), and also began writing songs for his follow up album to 2004'S "Bring It On". Some of these songs featured with the second line-up of "Albion" until "Albion" Split in 2007.

The Station Club[edit]

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In September 2006 The Station Club was formed. The band was originally a 3 piece and featured singer/songwriter Mike Wilson,Tom on bass and James on keys with Adam Swales joining the trio on drums for their first 3 live performances. In June 2007 Adam left the band and was quickly replaced by ex-Kryah drummer Daniel Chantrey. The style is Electropop/Rock akin to The Killers, U2 and New Order. The band performed their first gig on 16 March 2007 at Fibbers in York.After three years together, singer Mike Wilson decided to leave the band citing personal reasons for his shock departure and without a singer the rest of the band decided to take an indefinite sabbatical, however Mike still occasionally write songs with the twins.

Vega[edit]

The twins current studio project is the band Vega. Formed in 2009, the band's style is Melodic Rock and features vocalist Nick Workman (ex Kick, Eden) and close friend of the twins, former Kryah and The Station Club drummer, Dan Chantrey. The band were signed to Frontiers records in September 2010 and will release their debut album entitled Kiss of Life, written by James, Tom and Nick, produced by John Greatwood (engineer for Tom Lord-Alge of Queen fame) and mastered by Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69), on 3 December across Europe. The first single from the album will be Kiss of Life and the band have already made a video to go along with it.

Songwriting[edit]

During 2002 the twins formed a prolific songwriting team with Alistair Griffin. Writing and producing for Dutch dance star "Do",(Dominique van Hulst), the most notable collaboration was a ballad called Angel by My Side which featured on her 2004 album "Do" which reached No. 3 spot in the Netherlands album charts. The single charted top 10 in The Dutch National Chart and also featured as the title track for Joan Collins film "Ellis in Glamourland". The Twins,again along with Alistair Griffin have also co-written the Bel's Boys song called Reaching Out with Liverpudlian songwriting duo, Chris and Tony Griffiths (ex Britpop band The Real People).The song features on their debut album People Lets Go released 24 April 2007 under Universal. James and Tom came runner up in Song of the Year on Melodic Rock's Melrock Awards 2006 [1] with "Million Miles" written for House of Lords.

To date the twins have had nearly 40 of their songs recorded by rock acts around the world including covers by House of Lords, Danger Danger vocalist Ted Poley, Tommy Funderburk and have just written all the songs on the 3rd album from Euro rockers Khymera,entitled The Greatest Wonder, released at the end of February 2008. Their most recently completed songs have just been used on "Visions" by From the Inside, a Frontiers collaboration album featuring Melodic Rock singer Danny Vaughn (ex Tyketto) On 17 April 2009 Sunstorm and Joe Lynn Turner(former Rainbow, Malmsteen and Deep Purple vocalist) released their second album entitled "House of Dreams" through Frontiers Records.It features four songs written especially for the album by James and Tom. In April 2010 the twins signed a publishing deal with Chrysalis and are now writing songs for artists signed to the label.

Songs written by James and Tom Martin[edit]

  • For Bel's Boys debut album People Lets Go (co written with Alistair Griffin and Chris and Tony Griffiths)
Reaching Out
  • For Do's album Do (co written with Alistair Griffin)
Angel by My Side
  • For Khymera's 2nd album,A New Promise
Alone
Let It Burn
All That I Have
Tomorrow Never comes
Fields of Fire
Give in to The World
All Is Gone
  • For Khymera's 3rd album,The Greatest Wonder
Ablaze (intro)
Beautiful Life
Borderline
Burn Out
Since You Went Away
Love Had Come And Gone
No Sacrifice
The Greatest Wonder
Fight For Yesterday
If I Can't Be
Love Will Find You
Stay Forever
The Other Side
  • Tommy Funderburk's album, Anything for You
To Say You Love Me
  • House of Lords 5th album, World Upside Down
Million Miles
Ghost of Time
  • Tracks written or co-written for Ted Poley's album, Smile
If I Cant Change Your Heart
Going Blind
Waiting Line
Where It Ends
  • From The Inside's album (featuring Danny Vaughn), Visions
If It's Not Love
Listen To Your Heart
21st Century
Days of Hunger
One More Night in Heaven.
  • For Sunstorm and Joe Lyn Turner's album, House of Dreams
Divided
Dont Give Up
The Spirit Inside
House of Dreams
  • For Issa's album, Sign of Angels (co written with Nick Workman)
River of Love
As I Live And Breathe
  • For First Signal ft Harry Hess's album First Signal
Into The Night
This City
First Signal

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