Martin Grech - Freelance Workshop Leader (South West & Wales)
Martin first achieved critical acclaim after his falsetto track, "Open Heart Zoo" (written when he was 15 years old) was featured on a Lexus advert on British television in 2002. A debut album of the same name (produced by Andy Ross) quickly achieved cult status, with the record being compared, in places, to the work of The Cure, Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails and Jeff Buckley. The accompanying UK tour saw Grech gain a larger following and further critical support.
2005 saw the arrival of Grech's second album, Unholy. As before, reviews were positive and his fan base expanded. The Unholy art work created by Stephen Kasner was hung as a backdrop to his concerts.
He split with Island Records shortly after the release of Unholy, but his MySpace page announced the arrival of the new album, March of the lonely. The first single from the album, "The Heritage", was released as a CD single on 30 March 2007 on Grech's own record label, 'Martin Grech Songs' via the online label, Burning Shed. March of the Lonely took a completely different approach from his previous CDs, and was much more acoustic, more guitar-based, with a thinner texture and softer atmosphere.
In April 2011, Grech released a collection of demos under the title 'Meta'. Martin is currently working in the studio on his 4th album, with producer Peter Miles. The album working title is "Hush Mortal Core".
Martin works freelance for the Songwriting Charity supporting our programme of work in Gloucestershire and South Wales.