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UK-born and Edmonton-based troubadour Martin Kerr knows exactly what he wants to do in his music. Through heartfelt lyrics, delicate instrumentation, and sparse production, he explores the nuances of everyday life as well as its wonders with a poetic and poignant perspective. After generating millions of streams and playing thousands of shows to rapt audiences, he delivers a message to listeners straight from the heart and without filter.
In 2021, he caught the attention of Nettwerk Music Group and signed to his “dream label.” Along the way, he supported Sarah McLachlan at a stadium show & Dermot Kennedy during a cross Canada stadium tour, graced the stage with the Edmonton Symphony, and performed in 35 countries. Martin’s 2017 full-length debut, Better Than Brand-New, cracked the Top 10 of the Canadian Album Sales Chart and clinched #2 on the iTunes Canada Album Chart. 2020 saw him unveil Everything Is Under Control, highlighted by the breakout “You’re Amazing.” It vaulted to #4 on the Spotify Viral Chart and tallied over 1.5 million Spotify streams. As the world slipped into lockdown during the Global Pandemic, a serendipitous fan email inspired an idea. Martin played in the alley next to this particular fan’s balcony much to the delight of the entire neighborhood. Soon, his inbox flooded with requests for “Stay Home Street Concerts,” enshrining him as “the only artist to perform 400 live shows during the Pandemic.” It only catalyzed his creativity further into what would be his upcoming EP.