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 56)
Southampton, England, UK
Genres New wave, pop, pop rock, soft rock, adult contemporary
Occupation(s) 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]

MARTIN PAGE – BIO:[3]

MARTIN PAGE, who hails from Southampton, England, first gained recognition as a songwriter in the early 80’s with Top-40 hits for Kim Carnes and Earth, Wind & Fire, among others. With Bernie Taupin, whose usual partner was Elton John (and with Dennis Lambert & Peter Wolf), Page wrote “WE BUILT THIS CITY,” a Number One Hit for Starship (their first) in 1985. Page and Taupin returned to Number One the following year with “THESE DREAMS,” recorded by Heart (also Heart’s first chart topper). Teaming up with Peter Cox and Richard Drummie of the UK group Go West, Page wrote “KING OF WISHFUL THINKING,” which was featured in the movie “PRETTY WOMAN,” and became a Top Ten hit for GO WEST in 1990, and “FAITHFUL,” another hit for Go West. With ROBBIE ROBERTSON, Page penned the critically acclaimed “FALLEN ANGEL,” featured in Robbie’s first solo album. Page has also had his songs cut by, has written for, produced or worked with such artists as THE COMMODORES, BARBRA STREISAND, EARTH, WIND & FIRE, TOM JONES, PAUL YOUNG, BRIAN FERRY, PHIL COLLINS, JOSH GROBAN, COLIN BLUNTSONE, ROBBIE WILLIAMS and ELAINE PAIGE, among many others. As a Songwriter/Recording Artist, Page gained success in America for his own band Q-FEEL, with the classic dance hit, “DANCING IN HEAVEN,” which brought him to this country in the early 80’s; and later, Page’s debut solo LP “IN THE HOUSE OF STONE AND LIGHT” (Mercury Records) was released in 1994. In 1995, its title track became a substantial pop hit and a No.1 adult contemporary hit – breaking the record as the longest charting single in Billboard’s A/C Chart history, and garnering Billboard’s “1995 Top Adult Contemporary Single Of The Year” Award, and one of ASCAP’s top 5 “most played” Awards for 1995, and again 1996, at ASCAP’s ANNUAL POP AWARDS. In 2008, Page released his 2nd solo album, “IN THE TEMPLE OF THE MUSE” (available at CD Baby and iTunes), the first release from Page’s independent label, IroningBoard Records, which quickly reached No.1 on CD Baby’s Top Selling Albums Pop/Rock chart, and remained in the Top 5 throughout the 1st year, repeatedly returning to the No.1 position during the 36 months following its release. Two songs from the “Temple” album have been cut by major artists: “The Long Walk Home” was recorded by ROBBIE WILLIAMS on his Greatest Hits album (Deluxe and Ultimate Editions), and “Mi Morena” was recorded by JOSH GROBAN on his multi-Platinum “Closer” album and subsequent live albums, and by ELAINE PAIGE, the “First Lady of music theatre” (performed with Jon Secada featuring Kenny G), for the lead-off track on her Gold duets album, “Elaine Paige and Friends” - one of only two new songs on an album of classics, produced by the legendary PHIL RAMONE. Page’s 3rd solo album, “A TEMPER OF PEACE” (IroningBoard Records), was released in July 2012. An ambitious undertaking of 14 songs, completely self-played, produced and recorded, it topped the CD Baby Top Selling Albums Pop/Rock chart in the first week after its release and was featured as a Top Seller in their August newsletter. One of the songs from the “Temper” album, “I Can’t Get There Without You”, was recorded by THE OSMONDS and released as their first single from their 50th anniversary album of the same title. Page is currently working on several projects for his IroningBoard label.

MARTIN PAGE – ADDITIONAL BIO FACTS [3]

Born in Southampton, England

1980: Signed first publishing deal in London (with Zomba). Formed recording group Q-FEEL: 4-piece band in which Page was lead singer, bass player, key writer, co-producer. Q-Feel signed Recording contract w/ Jive Records.

1982: “DANCING IN HEAVEN” - Q-Feel single released in USA. (Re-released in ’85 & charted in Billboard Hot 100) Co-written, co-produced & performed by Page (bass, lead & background vocals), became one of the biggest cult dance records of its time on the West Coast, especially in Los Angeles, California, and in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Continues to be played currently on KROQ and Star 98-retros) Penned, produced & recorded Q-Feel album - released internationally.

MARCH 1983 - Moved from London to Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES:

Once in Los Angeles, Page rapidly formed many important creative and business liaisons, which included Bob Cavallo (Former manager of Prince, Ray Parker, Jr., EW&F, Alanis Morriset, Seal, etc., and subsequently Chairman of Buena Vista Music Group). Since 1985, Page has been managed by Diane Poncher, formerly of Cavallo’s management firm.

Page proceeded to collaborate with some of the top writers of our time (see list below) and enjoy chart success with major song covers, including Kim Carnes, Earth, Wind & Fire, Barbra Streisand, The Commodores, Neil Diamond, etc. In 1985 Page had his first two back-to-back No.1 Pop Smash records co-written with Bernie Taupin - “We Built This City” for Starship, immediately followed by “These Dreams” for Heart, and he has never looked back. Key hits that followed: “King of Wishful Thinking” and “Faithful” for Go West, “Fallen Angel” for Robbie Robertson, “In The House Of Stone And Light” for himself, etc.

1994/5: Page signed a solo artist recording deal with Mercury Records and later released his debut single, “IN THE HOUSE OF STONE & LIGHT”, which was a Billboard Top-12 pop hit, and reached #1 in the AC and HAC R&R and Billboard charts, where it held the record as the longest-charting single in Billboard’s Hot A/C chart history (over 55 weeks).

In 2008, Page and his manager, Diane Poncher, launched IroningBoard Records, Page’s independent label, with the release of “IN THE TEMPLE OF THE MUSE”, Page’s 2nd solo album – available at CD BABY and iTUNES. The album quickly reached No.1 in CD Baby’s Top Selling Albums Pop/Rock chart – a position which was repeated after 16 months and twice again after 32 months, and otherwise remained mainly in the Top-20 between 2008 and 2010.

Page’s 3rd solo album, “A TEMPER OF PEACE” (IroningBoiard), a completely self-played, -produced and -recorded album, was released in 2012 and shot to the No.1 position in CD Baby’s Top Selling Albums Pop/Rock chart in the first week after its release, a performance which was repeated by his 4th solo album, “HOTEL OF THE TWO WORLDS” (IroningBoard), released in 2015 - featured as a CD Baby "Editor's Choice", which was also performed, produced, arranged and recorded solely by Page.

Some of the award-winning songwriters, producers and artists with whom Martin Page has worked or co-written include the following:

Robbie Williams Elton John Robbie Robertson Maurice White Phil Collins Barbra Streisand Tom Jones Go West Bernie Taupin Josh Groban Ray Parker, Jr. Franne Golde Diane Warren Martha Davis Eddie Money John Waite Hal David Paul Young Philip Bailey Cher Elaine Paige David Foster Hamish Stuart Grace Slick Bruce Hornsby The Blue Nile Richie Zito Peter Wolf Lee Ritenour The Commodores Kim Carnes Georgio Moroder Jack Hues (Wang Chung) Allee Willis Robbie Nevil Air Supply Samantha Fox Jason Chef/Chicago Melissa Manchester Ivan Neville Michael Masser Mike Shipley Stephen Bishop Mickey Thomas John Bettis Tim Friese-Greene Michel Colombier Jon Lind Peter Collins, etc. Tina Arena *

PROJECTS ON WHICH PAGE HAS PARTICIPATED:

MARTIN PAGE/IN THE HOUSE OF STONE AND LIGHT ALBUM - (Mercury) July 1994 • 1st Solo LP - Wrote, arranged, performed & produced entire LP (2 songs co-written w/ Bernie Taupin) • Guest musicians include: Phil Collins, Jimmy Copley (Drums); Neil Taylor, Brian Fairweather, Robbie Robertson, Jack Hughes, Bill Dillon (Guitars)

MARTIN PAGE/IN THE TEMPLE OF THE MUSE ALBUM – (IroningBoard) April 2008 • 2nd Solo LP – 1st independent release on his own record label - sold through CD Baby and iTunes. • Wrote, arranged, performed, recorded & produced entire album. • Reached Top-20 of CD Baby’s Best Selling Pop/Rock albums chart in 1st week of release; remained in the Top-20 and repeatedly reached the No.1 position over the 36-month period following release.

MARTIN PAGE/A TEMPER OF PEACE ALBUM – (IroningBoard) July 2012 • 3rd Solo LP – sold through CD Baby and iTunes. • Wrote, arranged, performed, played all instruments, recorded, mixed & produced entire album (no guest players). • Reached No.1 position of CD Baby’s Best Selling Pop/Rock albums chart in the 1st week following its release; returned to No.1 several times in 2012.

MARTIN PAGE/ HOTEL OF THE TWO WORLDS – (IroningBoard) June 2015 • 4th Solo LP – sold through CD Baby and iTunes • Wrote, arranged, performed, played all instruments, recorded, mixed & produced entire album. • Reached No.1 position on CD Baby’s Best Selling Pop/Rock albums chart in the 1st week following its release; returned to No.1 several times thereafter in 2015.

ROBBIE WILLIAMS/IN AND OUT OF CONSCIOUSNESS - GREATEST HITS ALBUM – October 2010 • Wrote, arranged, co-produced, sang bv’s and played on “The Long Walk Home” - on the Deluxe and Ultimate Editions of this multi-platinum album.

ELAINE PAIGE/ELAINE PAIGE AND FRIENDS ALBUM – November 2010 • Wrote “Mi Morena” – recorded by Elaine Paige as a duet with Jon Secada featuring Kenny G. on her duets album produced by the legendary Phil Ramone. • Lead-off track on album – one of only two new songs on an album of classics. • Album went Gold in England in the first 2 weeks after release.

JOSH GROBAN/CLOSER ALBUM - (143/WB RECORDS) - 2003 • Wrote, arranged, produced and played on “Mi Morena” on the Internet Edition and the Special Limited Edition of this multi-platinum album. “Mi Morena” was also included in Josh Groban’s “LIVE AT THE GREEK” CD, HALLMARK’s Valentine’s 6-song Josh Groban CD in 2007 and in “Soundstage Presents JOSH GROBAN – AN EVENING IN NEW YORK CITY” Special Limited Edition DVD in 2009 (recorded Live at Lincoln Center, featuring Herbie Hancock).

PAUL YOUNG - (CBS) May 1988 • Co-wrote, arranged, produced, played keyboards & sang background vocals on “OUR TIME HAS COME” on the album, released in 1990.

BERNIE TAUPIN/TRIBE SOLO ALBUM - (RCA) May 1987 • Produced and arranged album; co-wrote entire LP w/ Taupin, arranged programmed drums, performed as bass & synth player & background vocalist, etc.

ROBBIE ROBERTSON SOLO ALBUM and STORYVILLE ALBUM - (Geffen) 1987 • Co-writer (w/Robertson) of 2 songs on the debut solo LP, including the critically acclaimed “Fallen Angel”, on which Peter Gabriel sings background vocals (and “Hell’s Half Acre”). Page is the only outside writer on entire LP with the exception of one song co-written by Robertson with U-2. • Page played keyboards & bass on selected tracks. • Also co-wrote “Sign of The Rainbow” on the subsequent “Storyville” LP

TOM JONES ALBUM (JIVE/RCA) 1989 • Wrote, arranged and produced “Who’s Gonna Take You Home Tonight” - Key cut on album, which LP also included the cut “Kiss” (written by Prince) produced by ART OF NOISE.

MAURICE WHITE SOLO ALBUM - (CBS) 1985 • Associate Producer, bass & synth player, vocalist, composer and lyricist. Co-writer of majority of the songs on the LP.

RAY PARKER, JR. - GHOSTBUSTERS SINGLE - (ARISTA) 1984 • Played synthesizer and other musical instruments and sang background vocals on this song, which won a Grammy Award for its instrumental performance.

STARSHIP/KNEE DEEP IN THE HOOPLAH ALBUM - (RCA) 1985 • Sang background vocals on “Love Rusts”; co-wrote w/Taupin “Love Rusts” and We Built This City”, which was nominated for a Grammy, won the ASCAP Pop Award - 1986, and gave Starship their first #1 hit record (international smash) of their long career.

EARTH, WIND & FIRE/ELECTRICUNIVERSE ALBUM - (CBS) 1984 • Wrote and co-wrote many of the songs • Played keyboards, etc.

Q-FEEL ALBUM – (Jive/Arista) 1982 • Co-founded the band, Co-produced, Co-wrote, Arranged, played bass & keyboards, etc. , and sang lead and background vocals on all tracks on the album, including the hit, “DANCING IN HEAVEN (ORBITAL BE-BOP)”.

VARIOUS ARTISTS / ABRAZOS 2007 COMPILATION ALBUM - 2008 • As one of the featured artists on this album - the proceeds for which went to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer - Page wrote, arranged, produced, played and sang the song "Healing Waters" www.myspace.com/abrazos2005).

Also, played and sang on and/or produced and/or wrote tracks on various other albums for these artists and film projects, among others: JOHN WAITE, BONE SYMPHONY, TEDDY PENDERGRASS, KIM CARNES, CURT SMITH (of Tears For Fears), TINA ARENA (Collaborated w/her on her 2nd LP - Triple Platinum in Australia within 3 weeks of release), THREE GRACES Debut CD, PHENOMENON soundtrack, PRETTY WOMAN soundtrack, CATS DON’T DANCE animated film soundtrack, DAYS OF THUNDER soundtrack, CADDYSHACK II soundtrack, GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN soundtrack, ROCK OF AGES film and soundtrack, LOVE AND MERCY film soundtrack 2015, etc.

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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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[4] 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,[6] 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.

Page's third album, A Temper of Peace, was originally expected to be released around Christmas 2011.[7] Due to delays, the release was pushed back to 18 July 2012.[8]

His fourth album, Hotel of the Two Worlds, was released on 29 June 2015 via IroningBoard Records.

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.[9]

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 Record Label
1994 In the House of Stone and Light The Billboard 200 161[10] Island Def Jam
2008 In the Temple of the Muse The Billboard 200 - IroningBoard Records
2012 A Temper of Peace The Billboard 200 - IroningBoard Records
2015 Hotel of the Two Worlds The Billboard 200 - IroningBoard Records

Singles

Year Single Chart Position Album
1994 "In the House of Stone and Light" US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary 1 In the House of Stone and Light
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 Martin Page, Martin Page's Facebook page, Diane Poncher (Page's manager since early 80's)
  4. ^ a b Page, Martin Blog entry at his MySpace page; accessed 1 May 2011
  5. ^ Greatest Hits album profile at CD Universe; accessed 8 May 2011
  6. ^ Martin Page Interview – In the Temple of the Muse, accessed 19 June 2011
  7. ^ Blog entry, Nowcast Network; accessed 24 September 2011
  8. ^ Page Post at his Facebook page; accessed 2 July 2012
  9. ^ Page, Martin. Blog entry at his MySpace page; accessed 1 May 2011
  10. ^ "The Billboard 200". Billboard. 107: 86. June 10, 1995. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 

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