“If Jack Johnson were bitten by a radioactive Cat Stevens, the result would be a superhuman being named Martin Kerr”, said a college newspaper reviewer on hearing Martin’s award-winning album, I Know You’re Out There.
Like both those artists, his lyrics are original, profound and instantly memorable. With his red-hair and crystal clear voice, he caught the eye of the Canadian Idol judges and viewers in 2008, reaching the finals of Canada’s most watched show.
Born and raised in Britain, Martin has visited over 30 countries and sees the whole earth as his home. During his travels, he spent a year teaching music to preschoolers in Beijing. Now his children’s songs about patience, kindness, co-operation and other virtues are taught in thousands of classrooms around China.
Now settled in Edmonton, Canada, he has become a fixture of the summer scene, drawing huge crowds to his street performances and selling 15,000 CDs (and counting) from his guitar case. The Edmonton Journal dedicated a two-page feature article to his busking exploits, naming him #2 in their ’52 things to love about Edmonton’.
As well as street-corners, he has graced some of the finest concert halls, major international conferences, places of worship of various faiths, folk clubs and countless house concerts and schools across North America.
His best-selling recording, ‘Drop in The Sea’ features eleven acoustic covers of inspirational modern classics such as Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, Into the Mystic by Van Morrison and Paul McCartney’s Blackbird. A newly released follow-up album, ‘Awake’ sees Martin cover Neil Young, Coldplay and Sinead O’Connor.
For details of upcoming performances and to hear his recordings, visit martinkerrmusic.com.
“Took us all by storm” – BBC World Radio
“One of my favourite people here” “You’ll be a huge star” – Zack Werner, Canadian Idol
“Best Canadian Pop Album 2007″ – Toronto Exclusive Magazine