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Guitar virtuoso Mike Martin is nominated for the 2012 Georgia Music Awards

Guitar virtuoso Mike Martin is nominated for the inaugural 2012 “Georgia Music Awards for "Best Rock Male."

 
 
Mike Martin
Mike Martin
PRLog - Jun. 12, 2012 - Nashville, TN – Guitar virtuoso Mike Martin is nominated for the inaugural 2012 “Georgia Music Awards.”

The inaugural 2012 Georgia Music Awards will be held on Saturday, March 16th at The Buckhead Theater. (www.georgiamusicawards.com/)

Mike Martin (www.mikemartin.net ) received a nomination in the following category: Best Rock Male.

Mike “2 of 5” Martin began his life on stage. Literally. Mike’s mother was pregnant while she was in college studying and performing opera. He never had a chance! He began his formal study of music at the age of four, learning violin and singing in choir throughout elementary school. At nine, he started playing the piano. In 1985 he discovered the guitar and was given one that year for Christmas. Teaching himself to play by ear, Mike quickly developed a repertoire of popular rock music, learning every AC/DC riff he could.

Discouraged by the trend in “anti-guitar-solo” music, Mike did the only thing he could think of: Go To College! Here he studied Music Theory and Composition with Dr. David Maves, ASCAP Composer of the Year 1995. He also continued his Classical guitar studies with Mark Regnier and Jazz studies with pianist Tommy Gill.

Mike was approached by Sean Delson in the summer of 2004 on behalf of Rich Ward and FOZZY to take over lead guitar responsibilities. Since then Mike has toured worldwide with FOZZY and recorded The Duke’s (Ward’s) release on Spitfire Records, “My Kung Fu Is Good” (released worldwide May 2005). In 2006, Mike played lead guitar for FOZZY on the track "Metal Gods" for a tribute to Judas Priest CD featuring Motorhead, Vince Neil, Sepultura and Tim "Ripper" Owens among others.

Being in close association with the band Stuck Mojo, Mike was asked to perform on their long awaited album "Southern Born Killers". After having toured with the band multiple times and appearing as a guest in the upcoming DVD release "Live at the London Underworld", Mike joined the band as an official member and second guitarist to Rich Ward in 2007, appearing in the music video for "I'm American". During Mike’s time with Stuck Mojo, they toured extensively throughout Europe with Vol Beat and Ektomorph, as well as signed with Napalm Records to release "The Great Revival" in January of 2009.

2009 also finally saw the release of the live CD which had been recorded in Australia on FOZZY's 2005 "Remains Alive" tour. Mike's final contribution to the band was to produce the track "Wormwood" for the January 2010 release "Chasing the Grail". Chris Jericho penned the lyrics about the end of the world inspired by the book of Revelations. Mike turned those lyrics into a 14 minute progressive hard rock cinematic feast for the ears composing, arranging, engineering, playing all of the guitars, conducting the choir for the finale and co-mixing with Eric Frampton. This standout track was a complete musical departure for the band and it demonstrates Mike's growth as an artist in his own right. “Wormwood” has been a very highly reviewed track on the album and a fan favorite but more importantly, it is a synergistic example of all that Mike has to offer and a tip of the hand as to what he will be up to on his next projects.

During his tours of duty with FOZZY, The Duke, and Stuck Mojo, Mike seized upon the opportunity to build a project studio at his home so he could begin to produce his solo projects. The first of which was the instrumental album “2 of 5”, originally released the Summer of 2006 independently on Serpa Records, and now available worldwide through Steve Vai's Digital Nations Division of the Favored Nations record label. “The title is a reference to the Borg character ‘7 of 9’ on Star Trek,” says Mike. “I am the second of five children so I thought it was pretty clever.” With the new Vai DN partnership, and the critical acclaim and success of “Wormwood”, 2010 is poised to be the year Mike gets his band touring properly as well as working on a new solo album set to be released early in 2011.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bSawPPOXm0&feature=colike




The Lowry Agency is a full service artist management/development and promotions agency. Primarily they work with musicians, actors, speakers, voice over artists, entertainment companies as well as music coordination/supervision for film and TV.

For more information about Mike Martin please visit the web site and social media accounts:

www.mikemartin.net
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mike-Martin/17079764604
http://www.digital-nations.com/
http://www.twitter.com/mike2of5martin

More information about The Lowry Agency can be found at http://www.thelowryagency.com.

Media inquiries for Mike Martin:

The Lowry Agency
www.thelowryagency.com
2726 Old Elm Hill Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
615-618-6906
Contact: David Lowry
Email: david@thelowryagency.com

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