Hemingway Corner

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Hemingway Corner
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Folk/Rock
Years active 1992 (1992)–1996 (1996)
Labels Sony
Associated acts Beat Prophets
Members David Martin
Scott Dibble
Mark Sterling
Past members Johnny Douglas

Hemingway Corner was a Canadian-American folk pop group, active in the 1990s.


The group was formed in 1992 by two established singer-songwriters, David Martin and Johnny Douglas. Martin, from Atlanta, Georgia, was a musician and songwriter who lived in Nashville before moving to Los Angeles. Douglas, from Toronto, was working as a session songwriter in Nashville. The two met while writing songs for Sony Music and released their self-titled debut album in 1993. They had hits on the Canadian pop charts with "Man on a Mission" and "Love, Love, Love", and received a Juno Award nomination for "Best New Group" in 1996. Choosing to return to his independent songwriting work, Douglas left the band the following year and would start another band called Beat Prophets.

While working on a Neil Young tribute album, Borrowed Tunes, the Skydiggers introduced Martin to Scott Dibble (from the Toronto band Watertown) and Mark Sterling from Edmonton. They would record their own cover song on the tribute album, "Tell Me Why" as a newly revamped Hemingway Corner. With some material already written by Dibble and Sterling, the band released a follow-up album, Under the Big Sky in 1995. Three more singles hit the charts including "Big Sky", "Tell Me Why" and "Watch Over You" (featured on an episode of Party of Five), before the band dissolved in late 1996.

Martin is still an active songwriter, having penned tunes for Edwin the ex-lead singer for I Mother Earth, including co-writing the hit "Alive" from Edwin's debut Another Spin Around the Sun and playing on the follow-up album Edwin & the Pressure, and writing for country singer Tara Lyn Hart.

Mark Sterling is also actively songwriting having released three solo albums, including his self-titled debut (1996), The Well (1999) and Take From It What You Need (2009); he also worked with young country singer Adam Gregory for his debut album The Way I'm Made.



Year Album CAN Country
1993 Hemingway Corner
1995 Under the Big Sky 37
2010 Speed of Life *


Year Title Chart Positions Album
1993 "Man on a Mission" 15 11 73 Hemingway Corner
"So Long JFK" 27 36
1994 "Love Love Love" 15 19
"Ride It Out" 6 18
"King of New York" 25 47
"Tell Me Why" 15 37 37 Borrowed Tunes: A Tribute to Neil Young
1995 "Big Sky" 1 18 Under the Big Sky
"Watch Over You" 7 21
1996 "Make It Up as You Go" 13 18
"Wild Honey" 36
2010 "Think About Love" * * Speed of Life


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