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Charlotte Martin

Singer/songwriter Charlotte Martin got her start singing opera while attending Eastern Illinois University in the late '90s. Her father was a respected professor in the music department, and naturally Martin followed his footsteps. She'd been playing piano since she was a little girl and her childhood was surrounded by music. While attending school, Martin experienced "real life," from living with her goth roommate and dealing with typical college-like drama to the tragic suicides of two close friends. Martin turned to music for solace. She desperately wanted to make music into a career; therefore, a whirlwind move to Los Angeles seemed like the right thing to do. Martin eventually made a record, One Girl Army, with producer Tom Rothrock (Badly Drawn Boy, Beck, Elliott Smith), but it was never released. Before 2002 came to a close, Martin got her own studio and recorded a new batch of songs with Ken Andrews (Air, Pete Yorn). The melodic dreamscapes of In Parentheses arrived in August 2003 and Martin's bright voice drew comparisons to Fiona Apple and Kate Bush. Dates with Howie Day and Damien Rice also coincided with the release of the EP. On Your Shore followed in 2004. Unfortunately, Martin's relationship with RCA proved creatively trying as the singer/songwriter continued writing and recording new material. A decision to leave the major label in 2005 allowed Martin to accomplish her creative goals, thus reconnecting with Test-Drive Records to issue the Veins and Darkest Hour EPs before the year's end. Additional support dates around North American followed into the fall, and Martin rounded out the Veins tour with her first DVD recording, the limited-edition Something Like a DVD. She also married her long-time collaborator and co-producer, Ken Andrews (Pete Yorn, Year of the Rabbit, Failure), in the midst of recording her second album, Stromata. The album arrived on Martin and Andrews' own Dinosaur Fight label in September 2006. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi
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ericvivienne
Her style is very similar to Tori Amos.....but I like her. Sorry but it's hard not to compare artists sometimes.
And Tori stole from Kate Bush..
keithcbevins
love you Charlotte! Cant wait till you go on tour again!
I think we need to stop comparing Charlotte with Tori. Personally I don't think they are similar. Their voices are different, their style is similiar, but I don't think it's enough to compare them. But anyway, I love Charlotte!
As someone who went to high school with Charlotte, I will say , while she may have been influenced by Tori,
Charlotte is not trying to be any body but herself-
Never has.
Have you read Sermon on the Mount by Emmett Fox??? As god is my witness I would not steer you wrong. If you want to have a conversation about God with someone besides god its my favorite topic.
EXACTLY like Tori in Stromata. Her other stuff in not as similar. Feel like she ripped Tori's style big time on Stromata.
almost as good as Tori......al m o s t . . . . . .
good stuff
choperini117 0
Just heard "Dancing on Needles" for the first time--SO much like Choirgirl Hotel Stuff--but excellent!!! Want the album when it comes out! With the mediocre (IMO) stuff Tori's putting out these days, Charlotte's a breath of fresh air!!!
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...
The comparisons to Tori Amos may be inevitable, however, Ms. Martin's formal training comes through in spades. Everything is stronger -- the vocal technique, pianistic skills and songwriting. If anything, Martin is more like Kate Bush and that is something I have been seeking. Thank you, Pandora!
wishyouwereh e r e 8 9
I agree. Was just thinking that but there was no comparison drawn in the bio and I was surprised. Does sound just like "Choirgirl Hotel" to me
harber79
Totally can tell her inspiration comes from Tori.
She sounds a LOT like Tori.
jpontius69
I thought this was Tori
karmasalons
She is so amazing. I am in love with her voice!!!
I love this. Thought it was Tori Amos at first till I really listen close. Bravo for such a great sound.
I love Charlotte. She's one of my faves...
bazmjules
Laurie - I thought the same thing!!!! BIG COMPLIMENT to sound like Tori!!
thought it was Tori Amos till I looked.... That's a compliment!
The song "The Dance" should have won an award. I've listened and played music all of my life, and just when I thought I have heard it all, something with soul and depth makes it through the tangled web.
hgratny
her past is so horrible. :(
Love you Ken and Charlotte!
TheFalcon
Found her as a Tori-soundal i k e .
But her style changed with the Veins EP. "Under the gravel skies" really got to me. Stromata should have been a hit album.
I agree that her vocals and piano are good, but she's Tori lite IMO.
choperini117 0
Ok, officially a bit baffled...on the Pandora version of "Four Walls" there's an extra section to the song that doesn't appear on the version of the song that's on her Stromata CD! How cool, yet--what's up with that? Why?? Just wondering--I know "Four Walls" is also on the Veins EP, maybe it's that version? Hm--I wish I knew the official term for that section of music in music terminology. Anyway...
Her piano playing and vocals are VERY close to Tori Amos. almost too close at times.
While I like her voice, I think she should try for a little more originality.
choperini117 0
"Steel" IS really good...

i am steel

i don't feel

anything at all
She's Amazing!
I'm really digging her "Steel" song.
I'm just really not feeling this... her voice sounds pretty generic to me and doesn't seem particularly strong, and the music is a little too repetitive for my taste. I appreciate that she seems to like what she's doing, and I can see why she shows up on my Vienna Teng station, but it just feels like something's missing...
choperini117 0
She reminds me of Tori, but I don't care. She's delicious! My favorite song?? Oh help. I have, and love LOVE, all of the Stromata album. Maybe "Reedemed"?? Or "Cut the Cord"? Also love "Haunted" from On Your Shore.
loriallyson
stomata cover is very close to the to venus and back cover.
brilliant voice!
The piano work is very similar to some of Tori's stuff, and so are some of the vocal techniques.. . it's a style of music I like, pretty much irrespective of the particular artist.
She says she was influenced by Tori, but if you're heard all of her songs, you'll realize she's actually very original. Plus her voice is VERY different from Tori's.
I def like tory better but I do see, . . like a really soft version of Tori. Tiny little sections. Not nearly as raw
tenelson1000
that being said however, she is a great vocalist.
tenelson1000
tori amos rip off... for sure!!
I don't see how can you say she sounds "nothing" like Tori. I get the impression that hearing others say so upsets you. I'm sorry if this is the case, but can you help me garner respect for your words? Explain your position please.
she
sounds
nothing
like
tori
....god damn it.
Okay, I just read all of the reviews on Charlotte. I saw alot of comparisons to Tori Amos. Tori is my favorite artist and has been for years but Tori only has so much to listen to and therefore, I have sought out "like" artists. Thanks to Pandora, we have Charlotte Martin and many others, who are "like" Tori. It's not fair to say that Charlotte sounds exactly like anyone but herself. Bands sound like other bands too . . . that's how it goes.
I know! I could have sworn "Everytime it Rains" was by Tori. Her voice is sooo similar.
I LOVELOVELOVE her!! I also thought it was a new Tori song and was not surprised when I saw Charlotte's name. I am new to Pandora and seems like every song that spikes my interest seems to coming from this lovely lady! I must get her albums and I would love to see her live!! AMAZING!
jessica1486
I thought this was Tori at first, awesome, thank you for introducing me to Charlotte :)
Wow...beauti f u l voice...musi c is so similar to Tori's, yet different.
akarikaty
Charlotte is one of my favorite artists. Her music is beautiful and creative. It's such a shame she's not well known.
Tori Amos being one of my all-time favorite artists, being EXTREMELY familiar w/ her differing music & vocal styles, and also having played the piano for 26 years myself, I can provide a good solid vote to the Tori Amos comparisons! When I first heard the song 'Drip', I first thought it WAS Tori, with a new song! By far not just due to Charlotte's piano playing ABILITY- her piano playing STYLE, lyrical style, & vocal style in that particular song are VERY similar to many of Tori's songs.

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