Heidi Burson’s story as an artist is one of shared human experience. Very early on, she felt the poignancy of the music of singers such as Etta James and Aretha Franklin. She was struck by the power and intensity with which they expressed the longing, which we all share, for love and acceptance. These influences, coupled with her own life experiences and a generous dusting of wry humor, have helped to forge a voice and style that is uniquely fascinating. When Heidi sings, people listen. They do so because her delivery is captivating. They do so because she speaks to their own inner feelings. Heidi is a soul singer.
Those of you who already know Matt Martino from his days in the Windy City are familiar with his catchy, groove-oriented pop. For those of you who are just discovering Mr. Martino, you’ve found him at the right time. After arriving in Nashville and soaking up the city’s influence, Martino’s work has become a well polished, retro/pop sound, thick with musical layers and lyrical depth. His writing is delicate and poignant; he has a knack for capturing the most subtle human emotions as well as beautifully simplifying the most complex ones. More prevalent now are signs of maturity in Martino’s playing and writing. His songs don’t get old; new secrets hidden within each tune are uncovered with every listen. His skills as an arranger, engineer and producer come through on his debut CD “Let it Shine”, which was created entirely by Martino in his own Porter Avenue Studios.
The sound itself is big; a powerful but always heartfelt homage to pop classicism. The messages behind the songs are big as well and always relatable. While the songs are well crafted, Martino is never afraid to flex his muscle as a player, making his live shows dynamic and exciting events. Always surrounded by amazing players, Martino’s confident Rhodes piano sets the tone and the other musicians follow suit. The result is something that’s catching on quickly.