Glasgow born and educated Marion Martin first trod the boards at the Empire Theatre Glasgow when she was just four years old. From that early age she developed her singing and dancing talent performing with leading entertainers in the concert halls of Scotland and England. Today she is acclaimed as one of the most dynamic and exciting singers Scotland has ever produced.
A beautiful, captivating entertainer, Marion Martin performs with a fire and passion that belies her angelic beauty. Her vocal range and versatility are simply amazing and her unique portrayal of everything she sings makes you feel you are hearing the song for the very first time.
A phenomenal recording artist, Marion was ‘discovered’ by EMI music producer Howard Gable. Her first album “Songs of Bonnie Scotland” has continued to sell non-stop, world wide for over a quarter of a century! The reason for this unprecedented achievement is simple; no one before or since has sung the songs of Scotland with such passion, such intensity, such feeling, such beauty.
She burst on to the national stage with a stirring recording of “The Flower of Scotland” that caused uproar when it was played on national radio. Marion Martin became an overnight sensation and the album went ‘gold’ in four weeks. It remained in the popular music charts for ten weeks - unprecedented for a recording of this genre. Her albums have remained best sellers ever since.
She followed this success with a hauntingly nostalgic recording of “Always Argyll”. The lyrics of this immensely popular chart topping song uncannily mirrored her life story. This recording was chosen by Readers Digest to be part of their elite international collection of the most requested songs from the BBC/ABC program Family Favorites. Marion Martin took her place beside the biggest names in the music business.
During a nostalgic return visit to Glasgow for the international launch of her album “The Flower of Scotland”, the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Dr Michael Kelly, honored Marion with a civic reception in recognition of her music achievements as ‘ambassador of Scotland in song’.
In a departure from her traditional sound, Marion released an album of the greatest contemporary popular songs of the century. Simply titled My Way the album received rave reviews and widespread airplay. Marion performed all of its tracks on national Television. In recognition of the popularity of this recording the Victorian Arts Centre presented Marion in two performances at The Melbourne Concert Hall. The capacity audience at both performances gave her a standing ovation.
Marion Martin is now an established top selling international recording artist. She is still under contract to Universal Music and her recordings are in as much demand today as when she first stormed the popular music charts.
A dynamic live performer Marion Martin has entertained ‘sell out’ houses around the world. She has sung for the Pope, Royalty, at famous music Festivals, with notable symphony orchestras and prestigious military bands. Marion has performed in a wide variety of venues, from the largest concert halls in the world to the lonely stage of an outback performing arts centre.
Marion Martin is the consummate entertainer – stunning, captivating, witty and warm. She presents a magnificent picture on stage in her distinctive, glamorous gowns. The performance is a sparkling cocktail of champagne musical memories and she is simply brilliant with an audience. Her delightful sense of humour and charming Scottish disposition are hard to resist, but it is the rare quality and haunting beauty of her glorious voice that reaches deep into the soul and stays there.
When the international impresario Clifford Hocking presented Marion Martin ¡®In Concert¡¯ at the newly opened Melbourne Concert Hall, she became part of Melbourne¡¯s cultural history as the first solo artist to perform a commercial concert in this prestigious venue.
She followed this notable event as the special guest artist of the opening concert of the 33rd international Festival of Perth; Accompanied by a massed orchestra of 140 musicians she performed her most famous songs for an audience of 40,000 including the Governor of Western Australia.
During the Australian Papal tour, Marion thrilled an audience of 160,000 people at Melbourne¡¯s Flemington Racecourse when she sang for Pope John Paul 11
She also appeared as a special guest artist at the bi-centennial RVIB Carols by Candlelight performed at Melbourne¡¯s Sidney Myer Music Bowl. This glittering event was televised live across Australia to an audience of fifteen million.
She was then engaged by Rupert Murdoch to appear as the special guest artist of The Adelaide Advertiser Carols by Candlelight performed in Adelaide¡¯s Elder Park. Over 40,000 South Australians gave her an outstanding reception.
Marion¡¯s stellar performance in the RSL 75th Anniversary Royal Gala Concert held at The Melbourne Concert Hall included a medley of wartime hits and an unforgettable rendition of ¡°Amazing Grace¡±. She totally captivated the audience of VIP¡¯s including HRH Prince Michael of Kent.
International Concert Attractions signed Marion to tour Australia as the star guest artist with The Band of The Scots Guards. This stunningly successful tour played to sell out audiences in the biggest concert venues in Australia winning critical acclaim for Marion Martin.
Marion followed this success with another successful tour of Australia and New Zealand as the special guest artist with Scotland¡¯s most famous regiment ¨C The Pipes and Drums of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.
Marion¡¯s performance ¡®In Concert¡¯ with The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra broke new ground as a first for a Scottish singer with this prestigious orchestra. The success of this glittering event was measured by the standing ovation given to Marion and the MSO by a simply delighted audience.
Her magnificent individual performance as special guest artist of the Australian Federation International Tattoo won her critical acclaim from both audience and participants alike.
Marion Martin continues to perform ¡®In Concert¡¯ throughout Australia and New Zealand where spellbound audiences continue to give her standing ovations