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Martin George Page (born 23 September 1959) is an English singer-songwriter and bass player.[1]

Martin Page
Birth nameMartin George Page
Also known asMartin Page
Born (1959-09-23) 23 September 1959 (age 59)
Southampton, England,
GenresNew wave, pop, pop rock, soft rock, adult contemporary
Occupation(s)Musician, producer
InstrumentsVocals, bass guitar
Years active1981–present
LabelsMercury Records, Ironing Board Records
Associated actsTight Fit (1981)
Q-Feel (1981-1984)
Earth, Wind & Fire
Websitemartinpage.com

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Early lifeEdit

Page was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England, to Alan Richard Page (an aviation engineer) and Ruth Pamela Page.[citation needed] During a good portion of his childhood, Martin moved with his family from military base to military base as a result of his father's career. During those times, he stated that he spent much of his time listening to early Genesis, the Beatles, and Motown musicians.[citation needed]

Page apprenticed at Southampton FC, a professional association football team.[2] Page spent much of his time listening to live music and learning how to play his main instrument, the bass guitar. That ultimately affected his abilities as an association football player. Page's love of music propelled him to leave sports and become a professional bass player.[citation needed]

CareerEdit

During 1994, Page issued his debut solo album In the House of Stone and Light. The title track, which he wrote reflecting on a visit to the Grand Canyon, was issued the same year. As a single "In the House of Stone and Light" reached No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100.[3][4][1]

Soon afterwards, his parents and some dear friends died. He returned to the studio in 2008 to record his second album, In the Temple of the Muse for IroningBoard Records, an independent label started by Page and Poncher.[5] Among the songs on In the Temple of the Muse are Page's recording of "Mi Morena" and "Blessed," (a song that Page described as a "commitment song"). He stated that "Blessed" is not about any person specifically,[6] noting that when his mother was still alive and around his studio when he was writing the song, she would plead with him not to play it because it would make her cry.

Page's third album, A Temper of Peace, was released in 2012 followed in 2015 by Hotel of the Two Worlds. In 2017, he issued his fifth album, The Slender Sadness (The Love Songs).[3][4][1] In October 2018, he released his sixth LP, composed of instrumental ambient music called The Amber of Memory.

Q-Feel and other collaborationsEdit

Page toured with several British bands. He formed the pop group Q-Feel with his friend Brian Fairweather. Q-Feel experienced success with hit single "Dancing in Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop)". Soon after, Page and Fairweather moved to Los Angeles, where they met music executive Diane Poncher. At the time Poncher was working for Bob Cavallo of Cavallo, Ruffalo and Fargnoli Management. She saw potential in Page and Fairweather and eventually left the agency to became their manager.[3][4]

With Poncher and Fairweather, Page collaborated with bands such as Earth, Wind & Fire, Kim Carnes and Barbra Streisand. He eventually went on to work with Elton John's frequent co-composer Bernie Taupin. Page and Taupin wrote Starship's 1985 hit single "We Built This City" and Heart's 1986 hit song "These Dreams".[3][4][1]

Page played keyboards for Ray Parker Jr., on the Ghostbusters theme song. He again collaborated with Taupin on his 1987 album Tribe and later co-wrote Go West's hit singles "King of Wishful Thinking" and "Faithful". Page worked with artists such as Robbie Williams, The Commodores, Robbie Robertson, Tom Jones and Josh Groban.[3][4][1]

Personal lifeEdit

Page lives in Southern California with his three cats. He never married.

ChartsEdit

AlbumsEdit

Year Album Chart Position Record Label
1994 In the House of Stone and Light Billboard 200 161[7] Island Def Jam
2008 In the Temple of the Muse - IroningBoard Records
2012 A Temper of Peace - IroningBoard Records
2015 Hotel of the Two Worlds - IroningBoard Records
2017 The Slender Sadness (The Love Songs) - IroningBoard Records
2018 The Amber of Memory - IroningBoard Records

SinglesEdit

Year Single Chart Position Album
1994 "In the House of Stone and Light" US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary 1 In the House of Stone and Light
US Billboard Hot 100 14
1995 US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 9
"Keeper of the Flame" US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary 19
US Billboard Hot 100 83
"Put on Your Red Dress" -

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Martin Page". allmusic.com.
  2. ^ Page, Martin. Blog entry at his MySpace page; accessed 1 May 2011
  3. ^ a b c d e "Martin Page Discusses His Career As A Hit Pop Songwriter". songwriter universe.com.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Martin Page: Page Finds Writing With Top Artists A Must". americansongwriter.com.
  5. ^ Page, Martin Blog entry at his MySpace page; accessed 1 May 2011
  6. ^ Martin Page Interview – In the Temple of the Muse, accessed 19 June 2011
  7. ^ "The Billboard 200". Billboard. 107: 86. 10 June 1995. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 29 October 2015.

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