Owning one of the most powerful and dynamic voices in American popular music, Martin Sexton straddles the worlds of folk, soul, country, and rock and roll with ease. For the last 25 years, his earnest songwriting, quirky stylistic shape-shifting and seemingly boundless vocal range has created a legion of devoted fans across the country, and the world.
Sexton got his start busking in the streets and subways of Boston, and quickly rose to the top of the city’s bustling folk scene on the strength of his otherworldly and effortless voice, and his wildly popular self-produced demo tapes (sold over 20,000 tapes out of his guitar case). Black Sheep, his record label debut, vaulted Sexton into the main stages of the country’s folk festival circuit and soon the talented singer-songwriter began to bust out of the folk cocoon entirely with recordings that flirted with jazz, rock and roll, and R&B.
After several records on major labels, Sexton started his own and settled down in Western Massachusetts, still touring relentlessly and building his fanbase with performances at Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, Carnegie Hall and other high profile appearances. His songs have even appeared prominently on beloved television shows like Scrubs and Parenthood. Yet despite his rise from singing in subways to gracing the country’s most hallowed stages, Sexton’s unique ability to connect with listeners through his voice and blue-collar songs remains unchanged. In 2015 he released his 10th record, the acclaimed Mixtape of the Open Road.
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