Martin Harold Frederiksen
July 1, 1962 |
Hawthorne, California, United States
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Genres||Rock, pop, country, alternative rock|
|Occupation(s)||Songwriter, record producer, artist, music publisher|
|Instruments||Vocals, drums, guitar, bass, keys, percussion|
|Labels||Virgin, Geffen, ATCO, Sony|
Martin Harold "Marti" Frederiksen (born July 1, 1962) is an American songwriter, record producer, and musician. He writes and produces music primarily in rock, country, and pop. He is best known for his work with many artists bands including Aerosmith, Gavin Rossdale, Carrie Underwood, Buckcherry, Daughtry, Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe and Faith Hill. He's also well known for performing the lead vocals for the fictitious band, Stillwater in the movie Almost Famous.
Songwriter, producer, engineer and drummer Marti Frederiksen has had his fingers in some of the best hits of the last decade, co-writing “Jaded” by Aerosmith, “Undo It” by Carrie Underwood, “Sorry” by Buckcherry, and “Love Remains the Same” by Gavin Rossdale. You wouldn’t guess it from those rough-edge tracks, but Marti was a 10th grade choir boy. It didn’t last.
“The teacher was assigning parts and handing parts out, and I was waiting for the others to pick it up.” As usual, Marti was restless, and that drives his ideas. He could hear the big picture, pick out the possibilities, and create new harmonies. “So I started making up new parts and singing them.” The teacher caught on, and she didn’t have much patience for a childhood prodigy rearranging the score. “It got me kicked out of choir.”
But that was OK. Marti had other things going on, playing drums in a garage band and writing originals when he was only 15. “I thought we were the next big thing.”
Three of Marti’s LA-area bands landed record deals, and that led Marti to producing. Soon he was with Virgin Records co-writing and producing for the Southern rock-tinged Brother Cane, including two songs that reached No. 1 in the Billboard Mainstream Rock Charts.
Frederiksen has co-written several of Aerosmith's songs since the mid-1990s, including four of the songs on 1997's Nine Lives (including the single "Nine Lives"), ten of the songs on 2001's Just Push Play (including the singles "Jaded", "Fly Away From Here", and "Sunshine"), both of the new songs on 2002's O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits (including the single "Girls of Summer"), and the lone original track on the 2004 cover album Honkin' on Bobo ("The Grind").
Frederiksen produced and co-wrote "(It) Feels So Good" for Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler's solo project. The single reached #35 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also features backing vocals from recording artist and The X Factor USA judge Nicole Scherzinger.
He also co-produced 3 tracks on Aerosmith's fifteenth studio album, Music from Another Dimension!, released in November 2012. He also co-wrote 5 tracks on that record. One co-produced and written song is a duet with Carrie Underwood titled "Can't Stop Loving You"
With other artists
Frederiksen has worked with numerous acts, co-writing and/or performing on albums such as the Almost Famous soundtrack (as the singer of the fictional band Stillwater), Def Leppard's X and co-wrote the song "I Should Have Told You" on Fuel's 2007 release Angels & Devils. He also co-wrote Buckcherry's hit single "Sorry" and co-wrote all 13 songs on Mötley Crüe's 2008 release Saints of Los Angeles. He has also written or co-written songs for Mick Jagger, Ozzy Osbourne, Brother Cane, Outlaw Blood, Motherland (which was The Jason Bonham Band with Marti replacing Daniel MacMaster), Jonny Lang, Hannah Montana (As Miley Cyrus), Scorpions, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, the late Jeff Healey, Meat Loaf, Bo Bice, Richie Sambora, James Durbin (singer), Jesse McCartney, Ace Frehley, Sheryl Crow, Cinder Road, Suzie McNeil, Default and Black Lab. He co-wrote Gavin Rossdale's hit single, "Love Remains the Same" *(for which he won a 2010 BMI Pop Award in the US and London.) He produced and co-wrote all songs on Foreigner's 2009 release, Can't Slow Down. Marti wrote and produced Vince Neil's single and title track of his album, "Tattoos and Tequila." Frederiksen also co-wrote the song Walk Away from Black Veil Brides' fourth album.
In 2010 two singles he co-wrote were released by Carrie Underwood on her Play On album, "Undo It" (#1 on Country) and "Mama's Song." Both songs were written with Carrie Underwood, Kara DioGuardi, and Luke Laird. He co-wrote two songs on Daughtry's album Break the Spell, including the single "Crawling Back to You".
Frederiksen provided the lead singing vocals for Jason Lee on the movie Almost Famous.
Frederiksen is also an accomplished recording producer, mixer, and engineer. He mixed Aerosmith's & Metallica's Guitar Hero Editions. He also produced Faith Hill's hit song "Cry," for which she won a "Best Vocal Performance" Grammy. In 2010 he produced a tribute album featuring Western artists, Siam Shade Tribute, for Japanese rock band Siam Shade.
Awards & Nominations
BMI London Pop Award- Gavin Rossdale - "Love Remains the Same"
Ivar Nivello: "The Flame Still Burns" in the movie, Still Crazy
- "Foreign rockers create SIAM SHADE tribute album". tokyohive.com. Retrieved 2011-05-12.