Marilyn Martin

Growing up in Kentucky - with wonderfully quirky parents and a sister who was as outgoing as I was painfully shy - the dream was always the same. I sang in my head, under my breath, and out loud when no one was around. My dad was a bluegrass/country music fan, mom's passion is R&B, my sister taught me how to rock, and my grandmother sang gospel hymns watching the world go by from her front porch swing... I loved it all!

Marilyn Martin

Singing in Joe's band with fellow singer Ricky Washington at the US Festival.

Fast forward… at eighteen I started singing with various bands until finally joining a band in Akron, Ohio where I met my husband, Greg Droman, an amazing Guitarist/Producer/Engineer. After 5 years of playing clubs we were blessed with the opportunity to tour with Joe Walsh (James Gang and Eagles). Joe was co-headlining with Stevie Nicks who, after a few weeks on the road, invited me to sing with her as well. During the tour we shared the stage with a few of my favorite artists, including Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, and Kenny Loggins.

Marilyn Martin

After Joe's show I would change clothes and sing with Stevie.

After that Greg and I moved to Los Angeles, where I was included in the making of Stevie's Rock A Little album. While working on that project I recorded "Sorcerer" for the movie Streets of Fire, sang background vocals on Tom Petty's, "Don't Come Around Here No More, with my friend, Sharon Celani, and sang background vocals on the hit song, "Footloose" with Ricky Washington.

The most miraculous event during that time was meeting the head of Atlantic Records, Doug Morris. Doug signed me to Atlantic just before Phil Collins turned in his No Jacket Required album for release. Phil had recorded "Separate Lives" but decided that it didn't quite fit with the rest of his album. Doug, knowing that the song would make a great duet, somehow convinced Phil to sing it with me and found a home for it in the movie White Nights. Phil was so amazing. He even sent some songs for me to consider when I started working on my solo project!

Marilyn Martin
Marilyn Martin

Here's a bit of trivia...my husband nicknamed me Minnie back in the cover band days because we added a few Minnie Riperton songs to our set and I managed to hit the high notes. Even Phil called me Minnie!

Marilyn Martin

Phil, Arif, and I the first day of recording "Separate Lives."

Marilyn Martin

David Foster and I at the video shoot in Malibu for "And When She Danced."

After "Separate Lives" I recorded two solo albums working with legendary producers Arif Mardin, Phil Ramone, and David Foster, to name a few.

I was starting to work on a third album when Doug Morris called with an interesting proposition...a country album with Atlantic Records in Nashville. I loved the idea! I grew up with country music and it felt like something I could pour my heart into, so off we went. My husband and I sold our house in LA, put the dog in the car, and headed to Nashville. It was fantastic being close to my family in Kentucky again, and I loved singing country songs, but I realized very quickly that success in the world of country music just wasn't in God's plan.

Marilyn Martin

After much time and a world of distractions I started writing again about the things in my life that matter most.

My most recent collection of songs is an expression of the absolute joy I feel when singing songs of praise and writing lyrics that explore our human struggle to live in ways that honor God...and the forgiveness we're given through grace when we slip.

This may seem an odd turn to those who remember my music, but my hope is that you'll enjoy the music that fills my soul with love and gratitude.

God Bless!

Marilyn