Martin Page is one of my favorite singers and songwriters. When Page burst onto the scene in 1995 with his first studio album In the House of Stone and Light, whose title track made it to number one on the Adult Contemporary charts in 1994 and stayed there for four weeks, he was known as a songwriter for other acts. Now that he had hit the big time he was ready for a performing career, right?
Page’s second album, In the Temple of the Muse was finally released fourteen years later in 2008 after working behind the scenes again. He has largely stayed out of the spotlight despite having two great albums, one of which I consider to be one of the best all-time.
My favorite singer is Sting, but even on his best albums there are songs of his that I don’t necessarily believe to be great. On Martin Page’s albums, I can honestly say that every one of his songs are wonderfully written and sung with emotion. There isn’t a song of Martin Page’s that I don’t like and I consider him to be a true artist at the pinnacle of his craft.
As a singer, Page’s distinctive voice has lent itself to only twenty songs in his entire career. Yet the influence that Martin Page has had on the music industry is incalculable. Writing credits for other singers include These Dreams by Heart, We Built This City sung by Starship, King of Wishful Thinking from Go West, Josh Groban’s Mi Morena, Animal Instinct as sung by The Commodores, and many, many more.
Other bands that have benefited from Page’s songwriting touch include Earth, Wind & Fire, Robbie Robertson, Bad English, John Waite, and Kim Carnes. Martin Page hasn’t disappeared from the charts he simply has his hands in other aspects of the music industry from writing and producing.
Still, I wish Page would sing more. His voice is enthralling with just the right touch of emotion, depth, and wistfulness that makes his singing unique. One listen to any of his songs and you’re hooked.
For now, fans can keep up with Page’s blog on MySpace which was last updated on May 13, 2010, as of the time this article was published. Lately, he has appeared on the German reality television show FlatStar where he has inspired other up and coming musicians about what it’s like to write songs. The show picks a winner out of several musicians living together in Los Angeles trying to make it big.
Martin Page is currently based in Los Angeles and continues his songwriting career. On his most recent blog he states that all he can do is “go to work every day and write” as he explains how he writes songs. Page was born in England in 1959 and has been on the American music scene for over 25 years from songwriting and singing.