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 59)
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 Tight Fit (1981)
Q-Feel (1981-1984)
Earth, Wind & Fire
Website martinpage.com

Martin George Page (born 23 September 1959) is an English 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 at Southampton FC, a professional association football 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.

Solo Career[edit]

During 1994, Page issued 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 issued in the same year. As a single In the House of Stone and Light got to No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100.[3][4][1]

Soon afterwards Page went about some reflection as both of his parents and some dear friends passed away. He returned to the studio in 2008 to his second album, In the Temple of the Muse, on IroningBoard Records. IroningBoard Records was an independent label started by both Page and Poncher.[5] 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 released in July 2012 with his fourth LP Hotel of the Two Worlds, being released in June 2015. As well during January 2017 he issued his fifth LP entitled The Slender Sadness (The Love Songs).[3][4][1]

Q Feel and other artistes[edit]

At first Page toured as a session musician with several British bands. He went on to form the pop group Q-Feel with his friend Brian Fairweather. Q-Feel's experienced success with their hit single "Dancing in Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop)". Soon after such Page and Fairweather moved to Los Angeles, where they met music executive Diane Poncher. At the time Poncher was working for Bob Cavallo of Cavallo, Ruffalo and Fargnoli Management. She saw great potential in Page and Fairweather and eventually left the agency to became their manager.[3][4]

With Poncher and Fairweather in tow, Page collaborated with some of his musical heroes such as Earth, Wind, and Fire, Kim Carnes and Barbara Streisand. He eventually went on to work with Elton John's frequent co-composer Bernie Taupin. Page and Taupin both wrote Starship's 1985 hit single "We Built This City" and Heart's 1986 hit song "These Dreams".[3][4][1]

Page also played the keyboards for Ray Parker, Jr., on the Ghostbusters theme song. He again collaborated with Taupin on his 1987 album Tribe and later composed Go West's hit singles "King of Wishful Thinking" and "Faithful". As well Page has worked with artistes such as Robbie Williams,The Commodores, Robbie Robertson, Tom Jones and Josh Groban.[3][4][1]

Personal life[edit]

Page lives 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[7] 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
2017 The Slender Sadness (The Love Songs) 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. ^ a b c d e "Martin Page". allmusic.com.
  2. ^ Page, Martin. Blog entry at his MySpace page; accessed 1 May 2011
  3. ^ a b c d e "Martin Page Discusses His Career As A Hit Pop Songwriter". songwriter universe.com.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Martin Page: Page Finds Writing With Top Artists A Must". americansongwriter.com.
  5. ^ Page, Martin Blog entry at his MySpace page; accessed 1 May 2011
  6. ^ Martin Page Interview – In the Temple of the Muse, accessed 19 June 2011
  7. ^ "The Billboard 200". Billboard. 107: 86. June 10, 1995. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved October 29, 2015.

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