Folk, Singer Songwriter, Americana
Heart & Soul Music
Contact: Martha Reich at 505-983-2998 or 505-699-9531
Her writing is poignant and heartfelt. “She had everyone mesmerized”, says David Lescht, Director of “OutSide In”.
"Your performance is "polished" however, the 'rawness of life' still lingers behind your words and string adaptations ... cool". Painter...Te'Zins
“I love your music” ... Sam Shepard, Writer and Actor
Since Martha has been calling Santa Fe, N.M. her home, she has performed at some of the most respected venues in New Mexico, and also tours through out the country, and internationally as a solo performer and with Cellist Michael Kott. Her most recent CD "Evidence of Life", was nominated for best Album by The New Mexico Music Awards. Also from that CD, "Peter Pan Says", was nominated for Best Song in the Americana category. She was selected as a finalist at the 2006 New Mexico State Fair Talent Showcase, and had two songs chosen as finalists for the ISC in 2007. Martha was chosen to perform at the " The Sedona Jam for Emerging Artists Festival", in 2007, and opened for Kate Macleod at “The OUTPOST” Performance Space in NM. She was one of 100ʻs of performers chosen from the country to perform at the “ Santa Fe Bandstand ” the summer of 2009.
"Evidence of Life" has the benefit of Josh Martin on Bass and Mandolin, Michael Kott on Cello, Alicia Ultan on Viola, & Grammy Award winner Larry Mitchell on additional guitar.
Martha Reichʼs musical roots began with “Air Guitar” at the kitchen table, a year of Classical Guitar lessons at the age of twelve, and self taught there after. She grew up singing made up songs on drives in back of her parents Volkswagen Bug. Her first appreciation for music was while listening to her fathers albums of Frank Sinatra, Billy Holiday, and Peter Gun. Later on, Elton John, Jim Croce, Cats Stevens and The Beatles became her heroes. Today her guitar playing possesses complex rhythms, unique chord progressions and open tunings, intertwined by an angelic voice.
She started performing publicly the summer of ʻ94 at "The Rockport Acoustic Festival,” Rockport, MA., accompanied by Rod Oliver, who later went on to produced her first CD “The Color of Blue,” on the Okay Music Label. It is comprised of 10 songs that are windows into lifeʼs experiences. She does so with a voice and feeling that is often compared to Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez. She performed at various Coffee Houses in the Boston area while living in New England.
Marthaʼs exceptional beautiful voice, unique melodies, & guitar execution, will affect you in a deep and soulful way, taking you on a hypnotic and soothing journey. “Singing and playing the guitar is really just therapy for me, and what I consider to be a healthy addiction. Itʼs been the chance for me to discover what my heart feels, and to express those feelings. I find the more honest and open I can be, the more I connect with others. We humans are so similar in many ways. Performing gives the audience and myself the confirmation that we are not so alone in our hardships as well as in our joys, and all the other complex emotions we experience”. She is in the studio at this time finishing her third CD, " In to trees ".
Martha is also a Certified Music Practitioner and plays for Hospital and Hospice Patients in New Mexico.