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Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar Set To Release New Single

Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar's last album, 'Run To Me', was nominated for a Juno Award in 2019, this powerhouse outfit based in Toronto have received multiple Maple Blues Award nominations and have carved out a huge reputation across Canada, they have built a large following across Europe too, with very successful tours at sold out venues in The Netherlands, Germany, France and Spain.

Martin's much anticipated new album, 'The Reckless One', is set for release in November, the lead single, 'Don't Have To Be', will be launched into the world on Friday 18th September.

By the time she had reached her early twenties, Martin had graduated through karaoke nights to fronting cover bands, putting her stamp on the classic repertoire of Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin and Rolling Stones songs. Not surprisingly, her interest in the artists she was covering took her back to their roots where she discovered the vocal magic and spirit-laced repertoire of such giants as the Staple Singers, Otis Redding and Skip James. At the same time that Martin was delving deeper and deeper into source material, she was steadily working on her song writing chops, drawing heavily on contemporary sources such as Lucinda Williams and Wilco. From around 2012 Martin has put together some formidable line ups to showcase her original material, morphing over the years and creating a singularly unique hybrid rooted in rockabilly, gospel and soul music.

Rob Bowman, Grammy Award winning author of Soulsville U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records has said the following of Martin.

"Bubbling up from the cauldron of roots Americana music, Samantha Martin is an artist of extraordinary power, gravitas and deep-seated emotion. On first listen, one is immediately struck by the awesome presence and sheer magnitude of her other worldly voice. Cigarette-ravaged and whiskey-soaked in the extreme, Martin’s pipes are capable of conveying an infinite range of emotions, bringing one to tears in one instance and in the next uplifting one’s soul with an empowered declaration of hope, faith and desire. As a vocalist her roots lie squarely within the wellspring of powerful, strong woman’s voices embodied by such forbears as Marion Williams, Mavis Staples, Etta James, Tina Turner, Bettye LaVette, Lucinda Williams and, perhaps most closely, Bonnie Bramlett. As a songwriter, she draws on black gospel and southern soul with a hint of roots country and sixties pop while her lyrics suggest an old soul with wisdom beyond her years.

In combination with what she likes to term her "co-vocalists” (as opposed to "backup vocalists”), Sherie Marshall and Stacie Tabb, the vocal blend Delta Sugar produces is pure, unadulterated neuron-tingling magic where the sum is even richer than the already soul-melting parts."

The new single “Don’t Have to Be” by Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar is out Sept. 18th, 2020! Pre-save and follow in order to unlock exclusive new content by using this link:


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