Building his audience from the streets, one passer-by at a time, Martin Kerr has been able to make a living as an independent musician for the last 10 years.
With this grassroots support he has been able to achieve things usually out of reach for an independent musician - such as selling out 2 nights at the 1700-seat Winspear Centre, and landing his latest album in the Canada top 10.
Often compared to James Taylor and more recently Ed Sheeran (although that might have more to do with his ginger hair and charming English accent) Kerr's storytelling is guaranteed to cover the whole spectrum of emotions. His powerful voice and intricate songwriting has earned him praise from the likes of Sarah McLachlan who called his voice 'pristine and beautiful' and Bruce Cockburn, who confessed that Martin's songs 'had me in tears'.
Kerr’s lighter side is something to look forward to in the music of his forthcoming ‘You’re Amazing’ EP. The lead single ‘You’re Amazing’ has been the soundtrack to a summer packed with festivals and outdoor performances.
“I never thought I would write a song that people would sing along to the first time they heard it, although that has always been my dream,” explains Kerr. “At the festivals this summer I could hear people singing that chorus to themselves and to each other as they were walking home - such a great feeling.”
The single ‘You’re Amazing’ has already racked up 200,000 streams since its independent release in October, as well as national airplay across Canada and The Netherlands.
"Martin Kerr..what a voice! Pristine, measured and beautiful." - Sarah McLachlan
"You had me in tears" - Bruce Cockburn
Vancouver Folk Fest 2018,
Islands Folk Fest 2018,
Bear Creek Folk Fest,
Edmonton Folk Fest 2017,
Kerrville TX Folk Fest 2017
Winspear Centre (sold out) May 2017 and May 2018
NERFA 2017, official showcase
FAR-West 2018, official showcase