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Nancy Martinez is a French-Canadian dance-pop singer and musician who is primarily known for her 1986 hits "For Tonight"[1] and "Move Out".

Nancy Martinez
Birth nameNancy Martinez
Also known asNancy Martin, Jade
BornMontreal, Quebec, Canada
OriginQuebec, Canada
GenresDance-pop, Hi-NRG, freestyle
Years active1977–present
LabelsAtlantic (US, Canada)
Neige (Canada)

Early lifeEdit

Nancy Martinez grew up in Montreal, Quebec. She studied piano as a child.[2]


In 1982, she released two Hi-NRG tracks, "I'm Gonna Get Your Love" (credited as Jade)[3] and "Can't Believe" (credited as Nancy Martin).

In 1983 she released her first album Lay It Down on the Unidisc Label which was a disco collection of original songs.[2]

In 1986, she released the album Not Just the Girl Next Door on Atlantic Records in New York City. That album produced three dance hits: "For Tonight" which went to number two for two weeks on the dance charts,[4] "Move Out" which got to #12, and "Crazy Love". "For Tonight" also crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #32.[5]

1987 saw the release of the single "Can't Wait". This song is not on any Nancy Martinez album, but the single peaked at #11 on the dance charts, and is on the compilation CD "Greatest Freestyle Album in The Universe, vol. 3"

In 1987 Nancy Martinez released her CD "Unpredictable". Singles from this CD didn't make the impact that prior ones did, but "Save Your Love For Me" was played on dance radio, as was follow up song "You've Got Me On Fire".

She was nominated as Most Promising Female Vocalist at the 1987 Juno Awards.[6]

In 1990 she released her first French Album "Nancy Martinez" on Isba/CBS Label and had 3 top ten singles from the album.

In 1993 Nancy released a French album on Isba Music/ CBS Records entitled Pourquoi Tu Pars? featuring the title track, a cover of Italian singer songwriter Marco Masini's "Perche lo fai?" As well as "La Maitresse de tes reves" whose video received much airplay on Musique Plus (Much Music's sister station in Quebec). In 2006, Martinez collaborated with MC Mario and Ivan Pavlin on the song "Not Guilty".

In 2005 Martinez recorded "Downtown" a collection of Jazz Standards.

Martinez also was featured on Kmaro's "Femme Like You" and "Crazy".

In 2010, "For Tonight" was remixed by MC Mario & Vito V from Les Boyz Electro and appeared on his album Mixdown 2010, peaking #2 on his show and #9 in Canada.



  • Lay It Down 1983
  • Not Just the Girl Next Door 1986
  • Unpredictable 1989
  • Nancy Martinez 1990
  • Pourquoi Tu Pars? 1993
  • La Maîtresse De Tes Rêves 1996
  • Bird's in the House 1998
  • Downtown 2004


  • "I'm Gonna Get Your Love" (1982)
  • "Can't Believe" (1982)
  • "For Tonight" (1986)
  • "Move Out" (1987)
  • "Crazy Love" (1987)
  • "Can't Wait" (1987)
  • "You've Got Me On Fire" (1989)
  • "Save Your Love For Me" (1989)
  • "Everlasting" (1990)
  • "I'm In Heat" (2003)
  • "Jack" (1998)[7]
  • "Femme Like U" (2004)
  • "Crazy" (2004)
  • "Not Guilty" (2006)


  1. ^ Hot 100 Singles Spotlight - Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. December 13, 1986. p. 63. ISSN 0006-2510.
  2. ^ a b "Nancy Martinez". AllMusic Biography by Alex Henderson
  3. ^ "Freestyle Friday: For Tonight”. Pop Culture Experiment, August 19, 2016, by Tony Grima
  4. ^ "Top Singles". RPM - Volume 45, No. 18 Feb 07, 1987
  5. ^ Hot 100 Singles Spotlight - Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. November 22, 1986. p. 81. ISSN 0006-2510.
  6. ^ "Bryan Adams sets pace with 6 Juno nominations". Brandon Sun, via Newspaper Archives. September 14, 1987 - Page 27
  7. ^ "Adult Contemporary". RPM - Volume 67, No. 20, Aug 10, 1998

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