Christina Martin’s road to a life in music was not a straight one.
“I didn’t know how to make it a career,” the Nova Scotia-based singer-songwriter said.
She added, like most people growing up, she adored bands and singers – a variety of genres – and “wished I could do that.”
Martin explained she did not have an understanding of the need for a manager, and such, although she had plenty of support, in talking further about her career progression.
“I was unhappy – I decided that I wanted to give it a shot,” she said, noting her return to the province after time in Austin, Texas.
Organizations, such as Music Nova Scotia, along with several mentors, helped provide her with “some of the tools” required to take that big step.
Martin said she started putting bands together and, eventually, left her day job.
In 2008, her second CD – Two Hearts – drew a lot of attention.
“I don’t know,” Martin said, after a pause, when asked to describe her music.
After another pause, she described the question as “very weird.”
Martin said, like most artists, she has influences, but wouldn’t say she, necessarily, “sounds like them.”
“I am very hesitant,” she said of describing – labelling – her music.
Martin was cautious about pigeon-holing her music.
“It’s always evolving,” she said.
As for the writing process, Martin noted she begins with the music – as opposed to the lyrics – with her songs always being part of a “need to express something.”
“I have always journaled,” she said.
Martin added “finding the time is my biggest struggle,” when it comes to the writing process.
“It just happens,” she said.
One of Martin’s singles – Lungs are Burning – delves into addiction, something that has gripped her family. During her Canadian tour over recent months, she has championed the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and its work.
“Everybody has a story,” Martin said, in talking about mental health, whether it is loss or pain.
She talked about her own “personal struggles,” including undiagnosed mental illness with her father, along with a brother whose addiction took his life.
“We didn’t talk about it,” Martin said, when it comes to mental health, in stressing the need to do so.
‘We’ll be back’
In late November, she delivered that message – while wowing the crowd with her songs – during a tour stop in Antigonish at the Townhouse Brewpub and Eatery.
“It has been really wonderful for us,” Martin said of their visits to the College Street establishment, one of which came in June.
She added it is easy to recognize the Townhouse audiences “love live music.”
“We’ll be back,” Martin said.
Before that next visit, starting in early 2018, she will embark on a 43-stop European tour.
For more information about Martin, including tour dates, visit christinamartin.net