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MARTHA RENAUD weaves a vibrant tapestry of “strong songwriting with a warm delivery that touches the soul.” A folk-roots-Americana singer-songwriter, Martha has been hailed as a “true balladeer,” with an “amazing new voice.” Martha’s music has an East Coast flavour and her stories set to song, are a vivid memoir, intimate and passionate, captivating listeners on and off stage.
Profoundly affected by the Herb Gray Parkway project, which took place near her LaSalle, Ontario home, Martha put pen to paper and notes into song. The events and people surrounding the project opened a new chapter in Martha’s life with the birth of a trilogy: Withered Hands and Weathered Wood, Chelsea Road and The Herb Gray Parkway Blues. The intimacy of the songs reveals the impact witnessed by the people and their surroundings affected by the Herb Gray Parkway project.
Her debut album “Life Lines” (2015) produced by Ed Everaert Stonehedge Productions, is a heartfelt, bare bones off the floor recording and includes Martha’s trilogy which has led to her foray into the world of performing singer-songwriter.
Encouraged by Martha’s fan base, radio critics and a compelling desire of her own, Martha set out to create a second album. Inspired and influenced by early folk and roots icons such as Joni Mitchell, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and James Taylor, Martha is also influenced by present time Canadian East Coast players including J.P. Cormier and Dave Gunning.
An East Coast adventure and a desire to take her songs to the next level, found Martha on a jet plane to Nova Scotia, final destination Cormier Sound.
“Time and Tide,” (2016) Martha Renaud’s second collection is produced by J.P. Cormier owner of Cormier Sound, and includes his world-class instrumentation throughout. Dave Gunning, (who Martha heard in concert several years ago, awakening her songwriting aspirations,) adds to Martha’s strongest collection of songs to date with harmony vocals on the track “Winds of God.”
From a first time, bare bones off the floor recording to a beautifully produced second album, this “Canadian singer - songwriter with a golden voice and lyrics to match,” is rapidly earning rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. Already back in the studio, Martha is hard at work laying tracks for a third album, sure to be yet another page turner with “songwriting and storytelling that draws you in.”
Elements is Martha's latest album with a new depth of writing and styles...recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Ed Everaert at Stonehedge Studio in Kingsville ON...
Also excited to take on new responsibilities as president of Windsor Folk!
“Martha's music draws her listeners close with a comforting tenderness both on record and in concert - one of the things I love about Martha's songs is her ability to broaden her own experiences to reflect stories of the community.”
Allison Brown - Border City Roots 99.1FM
“Martha brings great passion to songs old and new. An amazing new voice in our area. Our Two Creeks audience loved her. Martha Renaud is a true balladeer whose songs go right to the heart.”
Rick Taves, President and Founder -Wheatley Two Creeks Association
“Hearing Martha Renaud’s music is like reading a good book you just want to turn the page and read till the end. Her songwriting and storytelling draws you in. I first heard Martha at an acoustic stage open mic at Windsor Folk Music Society, and I have enjoyed watching her grow into a fine guitarist and vocalist. Her story telling style reminds me of the wonderful singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter. Martha has many stories to tell so get a copy of her latest CD and listen to her stories in song.”
Dale Butler - Founder Dale’s Friday Coffee House