Emerging jazz and blues singer Petra Martin is one to pay close attention to. Her sultry raspy voice encapsulates raw emotion blended with life experiences and pure talent. It is the fusion of harmonious melodies blanketed in smooth velvet… which births a refreshing twist of new age jazz music and soul-snatching gospel hymns mixed with pop and R&B classics.
With just one listen to Ms. Martin’s silky belted tunes, you will completely be engulfed within her sound and lose yourself under her bluesy spell. “I like artists that move me,” says Petra of her love and passion for heartfelt music. “I’m very transparent… I’m like a storyteller with [my] music. It’s almost therapeutic… like a therapy session. Let’s be happy about life and enjoy it through music.”
Raised in Freeport, NY, Petra began her love affair with music at the tender age of 3. She further pushed herself vocally while attending the University of Maryland – where she majored in Radio, Television and Film. It was during this pivotal time in life that she became more involved with the school’s gospel choir, thus landing the opportunity of a lifetime to train under the tutelage of the late and great jazz balladeer and educator Ronnie Wells and husband, pianist Ron Elliston. Over the next ten years, Petra trained at The Elliston Music Studio for Jazz Study and was exposed to work with DC’s finest musicians and artists, who have worked with many of the greats and legends in the music and entertainment business. currently, Ms. Martin trains with top vocal coach Alison Crockett, with whom she continues to strengthen her chords and push her vocal abilities.
Petra has lent her vocals to perform at an array of eclectic events in and around the DC metropolitan area and beyond, such as The Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival (Rockville, MD); BlackRock Center for The Arts (Germantown, MD); the Beach Urban Dance Classic (Myrtle Beach, SC); Alice’s Jazz & Cultural Society (Washington, D.C.); functions for the Susan G. Komen Foundation of the local DC chapter; the Children Cancer Foundation’s radio-a-thon; singing the national anthem at the prestigious annual Washington International Horse Show at Capitol One Arena (Washington, DC) and the promotion ceremony for the United States Navy; performs live holiday entertainment at The Mall at Prince George’s (Hyattsville, MD) and Nasdaq (Washington, DC); performs as a guest vocalist at JoJo Restaurant & Bar (Washington, DC) and Twins Jazz (Washington, DC); several galas for local non-profit organizations in the Washington, DC – Maryland- Northern Virginia Tri-State region; and countless events for her beloved lifelong sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
If you have yet to experience the sounds of Ms. Martin, get to know her and become familiar. When she’s not performing, she also dedicates her time and efforts as an extremely active member of the First Baptist Church in North Brentwood, Maryland, where she lends her talents to mentor the students as an orator, and holds an in-depth hands-on role as a vocalist among Singing Disciples and Mass Choir. A true gem at heart, she will surely continue to soar as a pillar for change in her local community. “What I love about music is that it has no racial barriers…. It brings people together. I like to look out [into the audience] and regardless of racial backgrounds, they’re just there for the music. It’s something that they like. It makes them happy. [You get to just] Enjoy the artistry of jazz or other genres I’m being asked to perform.”
Petra Martin currently resides in Maryland, and works at Entercom Communications as a Senior Account Executive. She has a deep passion and concentration for performing live jazz standards inclusive of bossa novas and sambas, POP, R&B, blues/soul and gospel music. For more information about Petra Martin please visit her website, www.petramartinsings.com.
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