A passionate composer & songstress, Heidi Martin makes each tune her own.
In the words of Vanessa Rubin, “soaring soulful riffs, bending notes, and high notes that are so focused so right, they ring! It’s a wonderful experience for the listener!”
In 2006 Martin was hand-picked to compete in the London International Jazz Vocal Competition (LIJC), where she placed as a top finalist among some 107 competitors from over 25 nations.
A Washington D.C. Native who studied music at the University of the District of Columbia with Professor Calvin Jones and continued at Howard University studying privately with drummer/vocalist Grady Tate (Sarah Vaughn, Quincy Jones). Martin credits both legends with helping her find her “voice” as an artist.
Martin honed her craft in New York City at the legendary Venues & Festivals: The Zinc Bar (w/Ron Affif), Blue Note, Cleapatra's Needle, Smoke, Smalls, The knitting factory's Brice Rosenbloom's Winter Jazzfest. A creative collaborator, Martin has performed and/or recorded with Helen Sung, Sylvia Cuenca, Jennifer Vincent, Russell Gunn, George Colligan, George Burton, Aaron Walker, Richie Goods, Alvester Garnett, Raymond Angry, Reuben Brown, Steve Williams, James King, Kris Funn, Eric Revis, John Lamkin, Gregoire Maret, the late Keter Betts, Nicholas Payton and Orrin Evans since making her debut on the New York jazz scene at Birdland.