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Religion  Catholic
Name  Gregg Martinez
Role  Singer

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Full Name  Gregory John Martinez
Born  August 2, 1956 (age 59) (1956-08-02) Lafayette, Louisiana
Occupation  American Rhythm & Blues singer, songwriter, bandleader- instruments- guitar, trumpet, accordion
Spouse(s)  Brenda Borne- 1977-1979 Janet Kinsey- 1984-1987 1989-2012
Education  Teurlings Catholic High School
Albums  Creole Soul, South of the Parish Line
Similar People  The Boogie Kings, Johnnie Allan, Lee Benoit, Geno Delafose, Wayne Toups

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Gregg Martinez (born Gregory John Martinez on August 2, 1956 in Lafayette, Louisiana) is an American rhythm and blues singer and purveyor of the south Louisiana genre called Swamp Pop. He began singing in public at the age of eight in his home church in Carencro, Louisiana. He began his professional music career after graduating from Teurlings Catholic High School in Lafayette, Louisiana in 1974 by performing in the local nightlife scene of South Louisiana.

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Career

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From 1981 through 1984 Martinez was frontman and bandleader of Gregg Martinez and Kingfish. In 1985 he began to tour nationally with a new backing group called the Heat. Within a few months he landed an exclusive contract with the Donald Trump casinos in Atlantic City, NJ, where he would appear regularly through 1988 and relocated to in 1986. He signed a recording contract with multi-platinum songwriter/producer/musicians Victor Carstarphen and Keith Benson - veterans of the Philadelphia, PA recording scene which included Teddy Pendergrass, The O'Jays, and Patti Labelle. His recordings were not released. Martinez relocated briefly to Nashville in early 1989 but by the end of the year had moved to north TX near Wichita Falls.

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In 1990 Martinez began a new chapter in his musical journey in the Contemporary Christian Music field. He released three Christian albums from 1991-1997. With the releases of For the Ages and All the Days, 1999, 2001, he began to blend the Christian music with the Rhythm and Blues of his earlier days. He formed Gregg Martinez Outreach in 1998 which most notably consisted of a public school anti-drug program which reached many thousands of students around the country.

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By 2006 Martinez had relocated back to his native Louisiana and had also returned to the R&B/Blues/Swamp Pop genre with the release of Big Bad Daddy. At this time he also joined the legendary blue-eyed soul group the Boogie Kings. He wrote the title song for The Boogie Kings' 2007 release Never Go Away. They were inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2010. Martinez' newest CD, Creole Soul, was released December 3, 2013 on Louisiana Red Hot Records. He is the leader and tours regularly with Gregg Martinez and the Delta Kings.

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His vocal style has been inspired and influenced by the soul crooners of the 60's/70's including Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, and Louisiana artists G G Shinn, T K Hulin, Big Luther Kent, and Johnny Adams.

Discography

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  • Wonders Never Cease - Independent 1991
  • Love Has A Voice- Independent 1993
  • They That Wait- Independent 1997
  • For The Ages- Seaul 1999
  • All The Days- Seaul 2001
  • Christmas- Seaul 2002
  • Bring Down The Thunder- Seaul 2004
  • Big Bad Daddy- Seaul 2006
  • The Fabulous Boogie Kings- Never Go Away- Spice 2007
  • South of the Parish Line- Magnolia 2011
  • Creole Soul- Louisiana Red Hot Records 2013

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    References

    Gregg Martinez Wikipedia


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