Martha Johnson (singer)

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Martha Johnson
Born (1950-12-18) December 18, 1950 (age 63)
Genres New wave, pop
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals, keyboards
Years active 1977–present
Associated acts Martha and the Muffins

Martha Johnson (born December 18, 1950 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian pop singer and songwriter, best known as the vocalist for the 1980s new wave band Martha and the Muffins. She also released a solo children's album, Songs from the Treehouse, in 1997, for which she won the Juno Award for Best Children's Album at the Juno Awards of 1997. She is married to her Martha and the Muffins bandmate, Mark Gane.

In 2001 Johnson was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, but continues to perform and has used this platform to raise awareness in her shows.[1] In 2013 Johnson announced plans to record a project called "Solo One" with a portion of the proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.[2]


  • 1995: Songs From The Treehouse (credited as Martha) (Muffin Music)
  • 2013: Solo One (Muffin Music)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • 1982: Gerry Cott – '"Ballad of the Lone Ranger" (single) (Backing vocals by Martha Johnson) (Epic)
  • 1985: Northern Lights – "Tears Are not Enough" (single) (featuring vocals by Martha Johnson) (Columbia)
  • 1985: We Are The World (LP) (includes "Tears Are Not Enough") (Columbia)
  • 1996: Jack Grunsky – Jumpin' Jack (features "Home Made Cooking" and "Iko Iko", backing vocals by Martha Johnson) (BMG)
  • 1996: Schoolyard Jam (features "My Little Sister" by Martha Johnson and "The Fox", "C'est L'Aviron", featuring Martha Johnson on vocals) (Prologue)
  • 1999: Ants In Your Pants (CD) (includes "If I Were Not A Little Kid", credited to Martha) (ZepLenz)
  • 2000: Love Starts With The Children (CD) (includes "Santa's Gift of Love" by Martha Johnson) (Wellcraft Music Group)
  • 2002: Select Cuts From Echo Beach (features vocals by Martha Johnson) (Select Cuts)
  • 2006: Heyday! (film) featuring "Let Go" by Martha Johnson
  • 2010 La Bella Stella (features "Shooting Stars" by Martha Johnson) (Recess Music)


  1. ^ "Martha and the Muffins back after 18 years" from CBC (February 2, 2010)
  2. ^ "Martha Johnson of Martha and the Muffins is making her first solo album – come be a part of it!". Her New Album, 'Solo One'. Pledge Music. Retrieved May 2013. 

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