Martha Lorin was raised to be a jazz singer. Martha comes from a family of professional musicians and Welsh singers. Her grandmother, Sarah Dalton, sang in the 1920s at LA's famous Pantages Theater. Her mother, Margaret Dalton, was a pianist/singer/songwriter who was mentored by clarinetist Joe Vinuti and songwriter Willard Robinson. Margaret worked at The Muehlebach Theatre, Kansas City – known as the “heart” of the city – and had her own radio show there, where she introduced and sang new tunes. Martha was herself mentored by Ruth Etting, the enormously poplular 1920/30s singer who opened a jazz club in Colorado Springs with her pianist husband. It was Etting who advised Martha to sing it the way you feel it.
Martha Lorin made her professional debut as a singer at the age of 19 at San Francisco’s’ legendary Hungry I. She moved to San Francisco in 1979, where she worked in many of the Bay Area clubs for several years. Martha met Los Angeles pianist and composer Frank Collette in 1980 and began a collaboration with him as a lyricist, which resulted in several Billboard-nominated songs. Her first LP, The Best is Yet to Come (produced by Henry Lewy), featured jazz icons Mark Isham, Pee Wee Ellis, and Larry Klein, among others.
Now based in the New York Metropolitan area, Martha continues her close collaborations with the best musicians in jazz, working in the top venues of New York and environs