“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 tone, he caught the eye of the Canadian Idol judges and viewers in 2008, reaching the top 16 on Canada’s most watched show.
Born and raised in Britain, Martin has visited over 30 countries and believes passionately in the oneness of all races and religions. During his travels, he spent a year teaching music to preschoolers in Beijing. The dozens of songs he wrote there are now used in hundreds of schools around China to encourage the virtues of courage, patience and kindness.
Now settled in Edmonton, Canada, he has become a fixture of the summer scene, drawing huge crowds to his street performances and selling thousands of CDs 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 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