Martin Doherty

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Martin Doherty
Martin Doherty (CHVRCHES) 2014.jpg
Martin Doherty at Royal Oak Music Hall in Royal Oak, Michigan, June 2014
Background information
Born (1982-12-24) 24 December 1982 (age 36)
OriginClydebank, Scotland
  • Musician
  • composer
  • record producer
  • singer
  • Keyboards
  • sampler
  • guitar
  • vocals
Years active1999–present
Associated acts

Martin Clifford Doherty (born 24 December 1982)[1][2] is a Scottish multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He is a member of Glasgow-based electronic trio Chvrches, with whom he has recorded three studio albums. Prior to forming Chvrches, Doherty was a touring member of the indie rock bands The Twilight Sad and Aereogramme.

Doherty plays keyboards, sampler, guitar and occasionally performs main vocals and backing vocals. He also contributes to Chvrches' songwriting and production.


Prior to the formation of Chvrches, Doherty was a touring member of The Twilight Sad.[3] He was also the frontman of the rock band Julia Thirteen, founded in 1999 and disbanded in 2006.[4] He met and befriended future Chvrches bandmate Iain Cook in 2004 while attending the University of Strathclyde.[5][6] In 2006, Cook co-recorded Julia Thirteen's debut EP before Doherty joined Cook's own band Aereogramme in 2007.[4]

Both on Chvrches' debut album The Bones of What You Believe and in concert, Doherty performs lead vocals for the songs "Under The Tide" and "You Caught The Light," the latter of which he also plays bass guitar on. Some early performances of the song "We Sink" featured Doherty as the lead vocalist, though lead singer Lauren Mayberry later assumed that role full-time.[7] Chvrches' second album Every Open Eye has Doherty on lead vocals for the songs "High Enough to Carry You Over" and "Follow You," the latter of which is a bonus track included on deluxe versions of the album.[8][9] Though initially excluded from set lists early in the Every Open Eye tour, "High Enough to Carry You Over" made its live debut on 13 March 2016 at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.[10]


With Chvrches
With The Twilight Sad
With Aereogramme
With Julia Thirteen[4]
  • With Tired Hearts EP (2006)


  1. ^ Martin Doherty [@doksan] (24 December 2014). "Legit now Lord Martin C Doherty. 🎂" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Cohen, Ian (27 February 2013). "Rising: Chvrches". Pitchfork. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  3. ^ Cohen, Ian (25 September 2013). "The Roots of Chvrches: Aereogramme, the Twilight Sad, and the Glasgow Scene". Pitchfork. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Cusack, Chris (29 June 2011). "Six Degrees of Julia Thirteen". The SKinny. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  5. ^ Mossman, Kate (27 October 2012). "One to watch: Chvrches". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  6. ^ Wolfson, Sam (13 June 2013). "Chvrches: Music for the masses?". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  7. ^ Chvrches - We Sink in session for BBC Radio 1 on YouTube
  8. ^ Fink, Matt (7 August 2015). "CHVRCHES: Falling But Not Alone" (#54). Under the Radar: 48–59.
  9. ^ Martin Doherty [@doksan] (21 September 2015). "it's Follow You 😁" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ "CHVRCHES Setlist at Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL, USA". 13 March 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2016.

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