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Biography 3

Also in 2005, Marti returned to Memphis and again worked with Willie Mitchell Moonlight Over Memphisand Chris Difford to make the album Marti has said he always wanted to make. He sourced musicians who worked on Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’ album and with Willie Mitchell as producer, recorded Moonlight Over Memphis - an album with that very distinctive ‘Memphis sound’. The single ‘Come Back Home’ became available by download on 25th September 2006 and Moonlight Over Memphis was released on October 2nd. A successful 18 date UK tour commenced on 27th October 2006. Both the album and tour have proved Marti's vocals to be better than ever! Marti sang 'Luck be A Lady' on the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special on Christmas Day 2006 and performed with Wet Wet Wet at Aberdeen's Hogmanay celebrations. This was one of very few outdoor celebrations able to go ahead, due to bad weather conditions in Scotland!

2007 saw Marti appear on TV with a small acting part in the comedy 'The Abbey' and partnered by Hannah Waterman, become winner of BBC's Just The Two Of Us. He also branched out into singing jazz, with appearances at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club and the Pigalle Club, both in London and at the prestigious Cheltenham Jazz Festival, where a discerning audience gave him a standing ovation! He performed the same set at JamBase in Dubai. At Ayr racecourse, he was a special guest in the 2007 Burn's an' a That Gala Concert, accompanied by the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and joined onstage by Karen Matheson. Due to the bad weather, several planned summer gigs had to be cancelled. One of those gigs was due to take place at Lincoln Castle but Marti was able to get the council to relocate that gig indoors, at the University's Engine Shed. It was an amazing show! He also appeared with Wet Wet Wet at Newmarket racecourse in August to a crowd of over 17,000 people! Wet Wet Wet's first new album for 10 years was released in 2007. "Timeless" is a stunning album showing once again the talent that is within the band! The Timeless tour followed marking the 20th anniversary of the release of the band's first single 'Wishing I Was Lucky'.

Sentimental Me

2008 proved to be another exceptional year for Marti! In April he embarked on a jazz tour, performing at intimate venues around the UK and released a jazz album, "Sentimental Me" - a collection of jazz classics given that special Marti treatment! Both the album and tour received rave reviews! May saw Marti appearing at the Royal Albert Hall in Chess In Concert playing the part of the Arbiter.This involved quite a different style of singing but Marti handled it with ease adding yet another string to his bow!

 

A few years ago Marti went over to America to see a new production of the musical, "The Witches Of Eastwick" and was offered to play the part of Darryl van Horne in the production set to tour the UK. Witches Of EastwickThe show opened on 23rd August '08 in Norwich and toured the UK, culminating in Glasgow in May '09. The reviews for this show have been excellent for the whole cast but especially for Marti who excels himself and proves to be an exceptional actor! From the very start he made this role his own! After a short break, Marti was back doing two Sentimental Me gigs in a tiny theatre in Tenbury Wells! These brilliant gigs were a great success!! In September he put on a stunning show in Dublin with the RTE Concert Orchestra to a very appreciative audience! Followed 8 days later by the "Thank You For The Music" gig in London's Hyde Park, a tribute to the music of Abba. Marti gave a superb performance of "One Night In Bangkok" from the musical Chess which was released on DVD and CD the following day! Prior to the DVD release, it was shown in cinemas around the UK, giving fans the chance to see Marti on the big screen!

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