Martin Page

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Martin Page
Birth name Martin George Page
Also known as Martin Page
Born (1959-09-23) 23 September 1959 (age 54)
Southampton, England, UK
Genres New wave, pop, pop rock, soft rock, adult contemporary
Occupations Musician, producer
Instruments Vocals, bass guitar
Years active 1981–present
Labels Mercury Records, Ironing Board Records
Associated acts Q-Feel
Website martinpage.com

Martin George Page (born 23 September 1959) is a professional musician. He is a singer-songwriter and bass player.[1]

Early life[edit]

Page was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England, to Alan Richard Page (an aviation engineer) and Ruth Pamela Page. During a good portion of his childhood, Martin moved with his family from military base to military base as a result of his father's career. During those times, he stated that he spent a lot of time listening to early Genesis, the Beatles, and Motown musicians.

Page was an apprentice to the Southampton Saints, a professional association football (soccer) team.[2] While he enjoyed playing within the Saints' apprentice program, Page spent a great deal of his time listening to live music and learning how to play his chief instrument, the bass guitar, and that ultimately began to affect his abilities as an association football player. After a good deal of thought and consideration, Page's love of music propelled him to leave his association football and become a professional bass player.

Music career[edit]

Page toured with many British bands as a session musician before forming Q-Feel with his bandmate (and later friend, flatmate, and writing partner) Brian Fairweather. Q-Feel's success with their single "Dancing in Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop)" led to Page and Fairweather moving to Los Angeles, where they met Diane Poncher. Poncher worked for Bob Cavallo (who was part of Cavallo, Ruffalo and Fargnoli Management and was looking for new bands to manage), and she saw that Page and Fairweather had the potential to produce quality work, so she left his agency and became Page and Fairweather's manager.[3]

Thanks to Poncher's connections and Page and Fairweather's talents, Page was able to work with some of his musical heroes, including Earth, Wind, and Fire, The Commodores, and Elton John's writing partner, Bernie Taupin. Page's partnership with Taupin yielded the hit singles "We Built This City" (Starship) and "These Dreams" (Heart). Page and Taupin worked together again on Taupin's Tribe album (which also featured Fairweather on guitar) and Page's In the House of Stone and Light album. Page was also the composer behind Go West's big hits "King of Wishful Thinking" and "Faithful". In addition to the aforementioned hits, Page has also written songs with Robbie Robertson, for Tom Jones, for Josh Groban, and many others. Page also played keyboards for Ray Parker, Jr., on the Ghostbusters theme song.[4]

In 1994, Page received recognition as a singer and musician with his debut solo album In the House of Stone and Light. The title track, which he wrote after spending some time in reflection on a visit to the Grand Canyon, was a hit in the same year, reaching No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. After the success of In the House of Stone and Light, Page took some time for touring and reflection. Both his parents and some dear friends died during the time between his first and second albums. He returned to the studio in 2008 to create his second album, In the Temple of the Muse, which was released via IroningBoard Records, an independent label that Page and Poncher started together to give Page greater control of his music.[3] Among the songs on In the Temple of the Muse are Page's own recording of "Mi Morena" and "Blessed," which is a song that Page has described as a "commitment song." He has also stated that "Blessed" is not about any person specifically,[5] although he has stated that when his mother was still alive and around his studio when he was writing the song, she would plead with him not to play it because it would make her cry.

He has finished the third album, tentatively titled A Temper of Peace, which was expected to release around Christmas 2011.[6] Due to delays, the release was pushed back to 18 July 2012.[7]

He has active MySpace and Facebook accounts in addition to his own website. Page is active and responds often to his fans through his assistant, Vanessa Leavitt.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Page resides in Southern California. He has never married, and he shares his home with his three cats.

Charts[edit]

Albums

Year Album Chart Position
1994 In the House of Stone and Light The Billboard 200 161
2008 In the Temple of the Muse The Billboard 200 -
2012 A Temper of Peace The Billboard 200 TBR

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1994 "In the House of Stone and Light" US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary 1
US Billboard Hot 100 14
1995 US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 9
"Keeper of the Flame" US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary 19
US Billboard Hot 100 83
"Put on Your Red Dress" -

References[edit]

  1. ^ GeoCities biography
  2. ^ Page, Martin. Blog entry at his MySpace page; accessed 1 May 2011
  3. ^ a b Page, Martin Blog entry at his MySpace page; accessed 1 May 2011
  4. ^ Greatest Hits album profile at CD Universe; accessed 8 May 2011
  5. ^ Martin Page Interview – In the Temple of the Muse, accessed 19 June 2011
  6. ^ Blog entry, Nowcast Network; accessed 24 September 2011
  7. ^ Page Post at his Facebook page; accessed 2 July 2012
  8. ^ Page, Martin. Blog entry at his MySpace page; accessed 1 May 2011

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