Inspired by the poetry of Keats and Radiohead, and by his travels to 35 countries, Martin Kerr is a singer-songwriter who transcends time and place, and yet captures the zeitgeist of the 21st Century.
"Won't somebody send an update to my soul?" comes the call from his latest EP, 'The Update'. There is a world-weariness to his lyrics, but infused with just enough hope. Dealing with the disconnect between our online selves and the outside world, between digital distractions and our dreams for the future, his achingly sincere vocal delivery embodies the feelings of millions.
The new music video for The Update (filmed entirely on the transit system in his adopted hometown of Edmonton) gained over 15,000 views in a single day and caught the attention of the city's Mayor who tweeted the video saying: "Edmontonians, feast your eyes and ears on this!".
Often compared to the best of the 1970 troubadours - Cat Stevens, James Taylor, John Denver - Martin's anthemic modern-folk connects with listeners of all ages. In true folk tradition, he takes his music to the people wherever he can. Starting at farmer's markets, and offering CDs from his guitar case, his independently released albums have sold 17,000 copies and counting.
Bookings for house concerts, festivals, charity and corporate events flood in as a result of these busking sessions, keeping him busy with over 150 gigs per year and fulfilling Kerr's dream of being a full-time singer on his own terms.
Building his career from the streets, one passer-by at a time, he now has a local following of thousands and is able to put on his own shows at major venues. Having recently sold out the 500-seat Festival Place, his next step is the 1800-capacity Winspear Centre on May 24th.
Born and raised in the English countryside, Martin took the long way round to a new home in Canada. While travelling in China he met a Canadian girl, who became his stalker and then later his wife. The bizarre story of their courtship and the songs it spawned form an integral and hilarious part of his live show. With just a guitar (and sometimes a cello accompanist) his brilliant storytelling and soaring vocals are enough to captivate any audience.
Martin's talent has already earned him opening spots with Andy Grammer, Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo) and Sean McCann (Great Big Sea). With momentum building, his aim for 2017 is to play at major folk festivals around the world. Expect to see him on some big stages soon.
Martin Kerr is available for bookings as a soloist,
as a duo with cellist Christine Hanson (Eddi Reader), or with his 5-piece band.