Marty Balin live performance, 2011
|Birth name||Martyn Jerel Buchwald|
|Born||January 30, 1942|
|Genres||Psychedelic rock, folk rock, pop rock, soft rock, acid rock|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano|
|Labels||Challenge, EMI, GWE|
|Associated acts||Jefferson Airplane, KBC Band, Jefferson Starship|
Marty Balin (born Martyn Jerel Buchwald; January 30, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter and musician best known as the founder and one of the lead singers of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship. Balin's distinctive voice and style can be heard on memorable recordings including the Billboard top chart hits "Miracles" and "Hearts," and in album, radio, film and television soundtrack classics such as "Today" and "Volunteers."
Balin was born Martyn Jerel Buchwald in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Catherine Eugenia "Jean" (née Talbot) and Joseph Buchwald. His paternal grandparents immigrated from Eastern Europe. His father was Jewish and his mother was Episcopalian. Marty attended Washington High School in San Francisco, California.
In 1962, Martyn Jerel Buchwald renamed himself Marty Balin. He began recording with Challenge Records, releasing the singles “Nobody But You” and “I Specialize in Love.” By 1964, Balin was leading a folk music quartet called The Town Criers with fellow band members Larry Vargo, Jan Ellickson, and Bill Collins.
Balin was the founder and one of the lead vocalists for Jefferson Airplane, along with Grace Slick, from 1965 to 1971. To be clear, Grace Slick was with the band, "The Great Society," when Jefferson Airplane was founded but joined for the Airplanes seminal/germinal 2nd album, "Surrealistic Pillow," after the original female vocalist, Signe Toly Anderson, left the group.
In 1971, he departed Jefferson Airplane, and went on to produce an album for the group Grootna before joining them and recording vocals for the album Bodacious DF. In 1974, Paul Kantner asked Marty to write a song for his new Airplane offshoot group, Jefferson Starship. Together they wrote "Caroline" which appeared on the album Dragon Fly. Marty joined Jefferson Starship permanently in 1975  and contributed to several hit songs (including "Miracles" (#3), "With Your Love" (#12), "Count on Me" (#8), and "Runaway" (#12). In 1978, Balin left the group.
In 1979, he produced a rock opera entitled Rock Justice, about a rock star who was put in jail for failing to produce a hit for his record company, based on his experiences with the lawsuits fought for years with former Airplane manager Matthew Katz. The cast recording was produced by Balin, but did not feature him in performance.
Balin continued with EMI as a solo artist, and in 1981 he released his first solo album, Balin, featuring two songs that became Top 40 hits, “Hearts” (#8) and “Atlanta Lady” (#27). This was followed in 1983 by a second solo album, Lucky, along with a Japanese-only EP produced by EMI called There's No Shoulder. Balin's contract with EMI ended shortly after.
Balin continued recording solo albums in the years following the reunion, and reunited with Kantner in the latest incarnation of Jefferson Starship.
Balin had intended to record lead vocals for two tracks for Jefferson Starship's album, Jefferson's Tree of Liberty. However, his art touring schedule conflicted with studio sessions and instead the track “Maybe for You” from the German release of Windows of Heaven was included.
On July 2, 2007, the music publishing firm Bicycle Music, Inc. announced that it had acquired an interest in songs written or performed by Balin, including hits from his days with Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.
Balin has also enjoyed painting all his life. He loves doing paintings of performers he has performed with and his fantasy paintings of Le Pétomane, Paris 1896, the only performer with whom he had never performed. He has painted many of the most influential musicians of the last half of the 20th century. Marty Balin’s Atelier is located at 130 King Fine Art in Saint Augustine Florida, Balin's permanent signature collection Gallery. 
Marty Balin resides in Florida and San Francisco with his wife Susan Joy Balin, formerly Susan Joy Finkelstein. Together they have five daughters; Balin's daughters: Jennifer Edwards and Delaney Balin, and Susan's daughters: Rebekah Geier, Moriah Geier.
- with Jefferson Airplane
- Jefferson Airplane Takes Off (1966)
- Surrealistic Pillow (1967)
- After Bathing at Baxter's (1967)
- Crown of Creation (1968)
- Bless Its Pointed Little Head (1969)
- Volunteers (1969)
- Jefferson Airplane (1989)
- with Bodacious DF
- Bodacious DF (1973)
- with Jefferson Starship
- with KBC Band
- KBC Band (1986)
- with Jefferson Starship - The Next Generation
- Deep Space / Virgin Sky (1995)
- Windows of Heaven (1999)
- Across the Sea of Suns (2001)
- Jefferson's Tree of Liberty (2008)
- Solo albums
- Balin (1981) (includes the single "Hearts")
- Lucky (1983) (includes the single "Do It For Love")
- There's No Shoulder EP (1983) (Japan only)
- Better Generation (1991)
- Freedom Flight (1997)
- Marty Balin Greatest Hits (1999) (All New Recordings)
- Marty Balin 2003 (2003)
- Nashville Sessions (2008)
- Nothin' 2 Lose (2009)
- Time For Every Season (2009)
- Blue Highway (2010)
- The Witcher (2011)
- Compilation albums
- Early Flight (1974)
- Balince (1990)
- Wish I Were (1995) (German - Beverly Records/AMMC International)
- The Aviator - Lost Treasures (2005)
- Tamarakin, Jeff (2003). Got a Revolution: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0-671-03403-0.
- Columbia 31033
- Billboard Magazine Charts
- EMI America SWAK-17036
- Jefferson's Tree of Liberty (CD booklet). Jefferson Starship. The Lab Records. 2008. 3020617382.
- New Jefferson Starship Album Of Formative Folk Treasures: Jefferson's Tree Of Liberty, top40-charts.com
- Catalog of Bicycle Music
- Balin, Marty. "Marty Balin- Bio". Marty Balin. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Marty Balin.|
- Official website
- Balin at the Jefferson Airplane official website
- Allmusic: Marty Balin
- Tamarkin, Jeff. Jefferson Airplane biography, Got a Revolution.com
- Fenton, Craig. Jefferson Airplane Flight Manual, Take Me To A Circus Tent.net
- Interview with Balin