WINNSBORO, TX – Martin Sexton performs on the Bowery Stage at 5 pm January 23, 2022, at 200 Market St. Winnsboro, Texas. Martin Sexton is a singer-songwriter that blends soul, gospel, country, rock, blues, and R&B.
A native of Syracuse, New York, and the tenth of 12 children, Sexton grew up in the 1980s. Uninterested in the music of the time, he fueled his dreams with the sounds of classic rock. When he discovered a dusty old vinyl left in the basement by one of his older brothers, his musical fire was lit. Sexton eventually migrated to Boston, where he began to build a following singing on the streets of Harvard Square, gradually working his way through the scene. His 1992 collection of self-produced demo recordings, In the Journey, was recorded on an old 8-track in a friend’s attic. He managed to sell 20,000 copies out of his guitar case.
From 1996 to 2002 Sexton released Black Sheep, The American, Wonder Bar, and Live Wide Open. The activity and worldwide touring behind these records laid the foundation for the career he enjoys today with a loyal fan base; he sells out venues from New York’s Nokia Theatre to L.A.’s House of Blues, and tours regularly across Canada and Europe.
Sexton launched his own label, KTR, in 2002. Since then, he has spanned across many musical worlds, performing at concerts ranging from pop collaborations with John Mayor to the Jam scene to classic rock with Peter Frampton; from the Newport Folk Fest to Bonnaroo to New Orleans Jazz Fest to a performance at Carnegie Hall.
Sexton’s songs can be heard in many feature films and television including NBC’s Scrubs, Parenthood, and Showtime’s hit series Brotherhood.
Stage, film, and television aside, when Sexton isn’t touring, he often mixes entertainment with social responsibility, performing at benefits for Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, the Children’s Tumor Foundation, Japan earthquake/tsunami relief (The John Lennon Tribute), and Hurricane Irene relief efforts in Vermont, to name a few.
In 2007, Sexton began his most successful years to date with the release of his studio offering, Seeds. The album debuted at #6 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, and the Los Angeles Times said, “Call him a soul shouter, a road poet, a folkie or a rocker and you wouldn’t be wrong.”
The live CD/DVD set Solo, which includes a DVD of his performance at Denver’s Mile High Festival, followed in 2008.
In 2010 the album Sugarcoating found this troubadour doing what he does best: locating larger truths. After hearing it, NBC anchor Brian Williams sought Sexton out to sit down for an interview backstage at New York’s Beacon Theatre. It’s now featured on MSNBC’s BriTunes.
His latest album, 2015’s Mixtape of the Open Road, garnered raves from the Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Folk Alley/NPR Music, and Relix Magazine.
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