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    Will Martin

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    Genre:Pop, Classical
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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For lyrics
    2I Just Can't Stop Loving You lyrics
    3Caravan lyrics
    4Nights In White Satin lyrics
    5Your Song lyrics
    6The Boxer lyrics
    7Lately lyrics
    8Just The Way You Are lyrics
    9Moondance lyrics
    10Wish You Were Here lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Inspirations [2010]
    2Morning [2002]
    3A New World [2007]


    At only twenty-three, Will Martin has already packed in a lifetime of paying dues. School musicals, playing piano in bars, waiting tables, corporate entertaining, singing in rock bands and on cruise liners to singing the New Zealand National Anthem in front of a sold out All Blacks crowd - Will has done it all.

    It has all been a lead up to this - "A New World," his stunning debut album for Universal Classics and Jazz, is an epic collection of classical crossover songs. Recorded with a full orchestra, this selection of songs simultaneously reflects Will's origins and the scope of his unfaltering ambition.

    "I am an entertainer, I sing, I can play the piano. I want to bring an entertainment factor to this kind of music because it has never really been done before."

    "I intend to rock out with a big orchestra behind me. I want to be real. I want to misbehave. I want to reach people. Dress me like a pop star and let me sing, and maybe some eighteen-year-old girl will go out and buy a classical album for the first time."

    These are strong words from this young New Zealander, born in Wellington on August 31st 1984 and brought up in Auckland by his father, a lawyer, and mother, a nurse. Musical tradition was not a part of early family life although with Maori blood (his mother is a quarter Maori), his musicality is not entirely surprising. "Maori tend to be very musical," Will says. "I learned the language at school and it has similar sounds to Italian, which has proved to be very useful in more recent years."

    "Growing up, my parents listened to Van Morrison, Phil Collins and Tracey Chapman. Once I discovered my voice, I'd sing along to whatever was playing."

    Until his teenage years, Will was just another sports mad Kiwi kid. However, at five foot ten, he was too slight for the national obsession of rugby. Instead, he excelled in representative tennis and football and had achieved a black belt in Kempo by the age of twelve.

    "Music just overtook me," he says about the transition in his teenage years. "It really was that dramatic. I just decided I'd give it my all and I didn't have time for anything else. All I wanted was to make music. By the time I was sixteen, I had stopped playing sport, stopped doing my homework which admittedly, didn't make my Maths teacher very happy."

    It first began at the age of twelve, when Will went along to an audition for the school musical, "My Fair Lady." At this all-boys school, one boy had to fulfil the lead role of Eliza Doolittle, and Will found himself cast in the part - "They cut the scene where I had to kiss the professor!" Will was hooked. Janice Webb, New Zealand's top singing teacher, took him on as a student and when at home, he taught himself piano by listening to his Dad's CDs and playing back what he heard. At high school, continuing on the musical theatre route, he went on to play the Pirate King in "The Pirates of Penzance" and Sid Sorokin in "The Pajama Game."

    "I had music lessons in theory to understand how chords slot together and how scales work," he says. "I can look at a piece of music and say that's a G, but put Beethoven or Mozart in front of me and I'll give up pretty quickly."

    Biography from www.willmartin.net

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