Claire Martin (singer)
|Claire Martin, OBE|
|Birth name||Claire Martin|
|Origin||Wimbledon, London, England|
|Website||Claire Martin Official Website|
Life and career
Martin was born in Wimbledon, London. She grew up in a house "full of music", and claims to have learned all of Judy Garland´s songs by the time she was 12. She cites Ella Fitzgerald´s Song Books as being the life changing influence which inspired her to attend stage school and later to study singing in both New York and London. Her professional career started with her first engagement, aboard the QE2, where she sang in the Theater Bar for two years.
At the age of 21, Martin formed her own jazz quartet. In 1991, she was signed by the Scottish jazz label Linn Records, and her debut album, The Waiting Game, was released in 1992. The album was well reviewed and was selected by The Times as one of their "Albums of the Year". Later that year, she opened for Tony Bennett at the Glasgow International Jazz Festival.
Martin continued performing and recording, garnering numerous awards and rave reviews throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, including wins at the BBC Jazz Awards for Best Vocalist, and six wins at the British Jazz Awards. She has released a total of thirteen albums, all on the Linn label, and has collaborated with various prominent musicians including Martin Taylor, John Martyn, Stephane Grappelli, Mark Nightingale, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Jim Mullen and Nigel Hitchcock. In addition to her singing career, she is also a co-presenter for Jazz Line Up on BBC Radio 3.
She currently lives in Brighton with her husband and daughter.
- 1992 The Waiting Game
- 1993 Devil May Care
- 1994 Old Boyfriends
- 1995 Off Beat
- 1997 Make This City Ours
- 1999 Take My Heart
- 2000 Perfect Alibi
- 2001 The Very Best of Claire Martin: Every Now and Then
- 2002 Too Darn Hot
- 2004 Secret Love
- 2005 When Lights Are Low
- 2006 Girl Talk (with Barb Jungr and Mari Wilson)
- 2007 He Never Mentioned Love
- 2009 A Modern Art
- 2010 Witchcraft (with Richard Rodney Bennett)
- 2012 Too Much In Love to Care (with Kenny Barron)
- 2013 Say It Isn't So (with Richard Rodney Bennett)
- Linn Records
- Conversation between Richard Rodney Bennett and Claire Martin - British Library sound recording