Singer-songwriter April Martin hails from New York – and her new full-length CD “In the Blink of a Life” is out now, first released in December 2016. We recommended the track “Heart Break Doesn’t Come” – get it playing right now:
April Martin’s sound is very similar to Roseanne Cash, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Leonard Cohen, Gillian Welch, and Carole King. If you’re a fan of these distinguished artists, you definitely should check April’s new album out.
April opens her new album with the song “One Breath”, making a soft and subtle impact right off the bat. Taking inspiration from country, April sings about how everyone should enjoy the precious moments of life as they happen, and share what they feel with their loved ones. April then moves forward with “Heart Break Doesn’t Come”, a track that’s definitely a recommendation. With the guitar playing around her, April tells her insights of seeing love for what it truly is, and how it doesn’t necessarily have to become a source of hurt for anyone.
April then transitions with “My Rock and My Rain”, which from the title alone is a interesting description of her beloved companion. Folksy instruments steadily upping the vibe, she asks if she’s ready to be in a committed relationship and trust the one who’ll be her Rock and Rain. April then goes off on another road, showing her multi-dimensional character and life experience when she tells a tale of sadness in “Looking Back” – guitar playing a tragic tune, the singer-songwriter reminisces on a loved one who passed away, and what they meant to her.
April then brings up the important of happiness again in the next track, “Everyday I Love You More”, bringing the piano and strings and classical sound to the forefront. The romantic ballad is a top contender for the most calming and relaxing song on the record, and April bares her soul singing heartfully about how she comes to love her beloved more and more with every passing day.
Next up is “Would You Let Me In” – where April wonders, in song form, if the man she’s with knows the reason behind their getting together. After “Sara’s Lullaby” is “All I’ve Got”, where April gets real intense, declaring to the world how she wants to give her all to her family, friends, and loved ones. April keeps the happy vibes going with “One Part Truth”, “The Party’s in Full Swing”, and “Life is Good”.
April wraps everything up with “Praise the Morning” – a very fitting choice for the last track. With instruments that interact more closely together, April sings about how time keeps on passing and life keeps on changing – and appreciating everything with her humble praise of a new morning.
Give the whole record a listen now:
Here are three key performances of April on stage that highlight her very personal sound and style:
The credits on the album go to the musicians: April Martin, rocking the vocals, guitar, and flute; Peter Calo, playing the guitars and bringing the backup vocals; Chris Marshak, on the drums; Susan Didrichsen, adding her backup vocal; Norbert Goldberg, master of percussion; and this is a Peter Calo Production, Peter Calo on the mixing, and the record was mastered by Scott Hull.
About April Martin:
April Martin started her professional life as a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and maintains a successful practice in New York City. Though she made up songs in her head from as far back as she can remember, she didn’t begin writing them down until later in life.
Her first album, “Pennies in a Jar”, was released in 2010, and garnered more than 10,000 fans worldwide on Internet radio. This album, “In the Blink of a Life”, takes her exploration of the human heart – which is done with tenderness, humor, and passion, to greater depths of reflection and maturity.
About her work, April says:
“When I was a child in the 1950’s you could get a song sheet for 5 cents at the corner candy store with the lyrics to tunes on the Hit Parade. My dad, whose natural tenor voice was always bursting into song, would give me a nickel each week when the new ones came out. Together we learned songs like ‘Secret Love’, ‘How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?’, and ‘Oh My Pa-Pa’. These were some of the happiest moments of my childhood.
“Those songs were my constant companions. I overheard my first grade teacher complaining, ‘If that child doesn’t stop humming I will go crazy’. I hummed the tunes and memorized the words, which spoke life’s truths to my little heart. I knew for a fact that love is a many splendored thing, that Davey Crockett was king of the wild frontier, and that when you load sixteen tons all you get is another day older and deeper in debt. My musical tastes may have broadened, but to this day I’m drawn to the simplicity of a song that makes me laugh or cry or wonder about something that rings deeply true.
“Songwriting came to me half a lifetime later, after spending decades immersed in the human condition as a psychologist and a parent of three children. To my surprise I found myself humming tunes I’d never heard before and giving voice to things that welled up in me.
“With every song I write I’m grateful to the people who trust me with their vulnerabilities and joys, to my children who made me understand love as never before, and to my dad who brought those wonderful songs into my young world.”
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