Maryland artist Gail Marten has been captivating audiences at Jazz clubs, festivals, and premier concert venues across the globe for nearly three decades. Her sophisticated vocal style has garnered high praise, and in 2009 her album "In Love Again" was named one of "The Best 20 Vocal CDs of 2009" by Jazz critic and journalist W. Royal Stokes at Jazz House Diaries. Gail's work has received regular radio rotation worldwide, and she has also received numerous awards from ASCAP, The UK International Songwriting Contest, The Billboard Songwriting Contest, and many other institutions.
Gail Marten has won many international songwriting competitions for original compositions and lyrics, including Women's Radio Best of the 2000's, The Great American Songbook, JPF International, The John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Broadjam's Summer Music Challenge, Lyric Awards Global Contest, Song & Film, Finland’s Vantaa Jazz Heritage, Film Music Network, and more. Her discography includes the albums Is It Love, Pure Joy, Beyond The Rainbow, Here I Go, and Foreign Affairs.
A bouncy ode to romantic self-improvement, surgical and otherwise. tongue-in-cheek perspective of a woman who reinvents herself for a man, from slimming down and dying her hair to getting Botox. Strong female vocal and trio. A philosophically comedic song, perfect for Bette Midler-type cabaret. Female Vocals, Jazz, Acid Jazz
Funky jazzy take on the uncertainties of romantic love. Vocal style like Diana Krall or Norah Jones with piano trio. The girl next door dressed in a black sheath. Music reminiscent of Canteloupe Island. First Prize winner in the Jazz Category of the 2005 UK Songwriting Contest, and others, Female Vocals, Jazz, Smooth Jazz Vocals
A haunting narrative of self-doubt, perfectly aligned to the music. Think Julie London, Diana Krall, Shirley Horn. Warm vocal with piano trio. One night among many, analyzing, replaying, questioning a relationship, the status of a love affair. Perfect for film noir. Female Vocals, Jazz, Smooth Jazz Vocals
Upbeat, jazzy vocal song (begins as ballad then swings). Smooth, warm voice with piano trio. Lighthearted, earnest, sincere message vowing to always be there, through thick and thin, come what may. Great theme for romantic sit-com like "Friend" or Will and Grace" or similarly-themed films. Female Vocals, Jazz, Smooth Jazz Vocals
Tongue-in-cheek lyric of a confident, sassy woman with a reluctant, humorous disclaimer at the end of catchy blues song. Female vocal and piano trio with Diana Krall sound. Finalist in the 2005 UK Songwriting Contest and the 2005 Finlanda's Vantaa Jazz Heritage Association Blues Songwriting Contest. Female Vocals, Jazz, Neo-Lounge Vocals
Pure unfiltered passion-coated lyrics... Eloquent vocals, reminiscent of Shirley Horn, with a piano trio. Exquisitely visual lyrics. A Magic Carpet Ride that takes you to places both imaginary and real. Someone should build a film around this imagery. Where are Walt Disney or Andrew Adamson? Female Vocals, Jazz, Lounge Jazz Vocals
An arch tribute for feminine thinking set over a groove that's two parts funky and one part latin with an occasional fillip of tango. A humorous take on gender relations and the value of truth. Pronounced Latin beat providing a chance for sweetly ironic jibes. Warm, rich vocal, with piano trio. Female Vocals, Jazz, Smooth Jazz Vocals
A sensuous meditation set to a relaxed bluesy melody intimating that all's right with the world. Warm, smooth female vocal with piano accompaniment. Soothing, relaxing with lovely imagery of nature. Think Norah Jones or Diana Krall or Peggy Lee. Contemplative, floating. Female Vocals, Jazz, Smooth Jazz Vocals
A sexy, lyrical, light-hearted invitation to lust by the sea. Insistent, pulse-driven melody. Vocal style similar to Julie London, slightly wicked in a playful manner. Great for television, film or commercials. Latinesque piano trio effectively backs seductive vocal. Female Vocals, Jazz, Smooth Jazz Vocals
Lyric is a light-hearted encouragement to the singer's significant other to step out and enjoy all of life's simple and grand pleasures riding on an infectious samba. Happy, warm vocal with piano trio. Bubblyha, scintillating. Let's just do it! Carefree, light-hearted, sunny, buoyant, joyous, Female Vocals, Jazz, Smooth Jazz Vocals
A secretive seduction over the sensual sashay of a jazz waltz. The supple dance rhythm provides captures the song's sense of emotional approach and withdrawal. Lush, velvety vocal with piano trio. Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Diane Reeves. Perfect for television/film romantic comedy. Sneaky but nice. Female Vocals, Jazz, Smooth Jazz Vocals
Julie London, Shirley Horn, Norah Jones type vocal with piano trio expressing wonderment at finding awesome love object, never expecting to meet anyone so astonishing. Yet feeling doubt, is it a dream, can it really be true? Warm vocal set to a bossa nova rhythm. Great for film or television. Female Vocals, Jazz, Smooth Jazz Vocals
Words articulating love and longing set to a bossa rhythm. Adept lyrics, pulling interesting little rhymes out of unusual places. You don’t often see wordplay like this unless you’re reading the lyrics of the likes of Porter or Kern. Warm vocal with piano trio, similar to Diana Krall. Female Vocals, Jazz, Smooth Jazz Vocals
Remembrance of happy times with love interest. A rhapsodic reverie recalling pleasurable moments with rich imagery and poetic lyric. Warm vocal with piano trio. Think Shirley Horn, Norah Jones, Julie London. Perfect for romantic film or television. Think "Love Story." Female Vocals, Jazz, Lounge Jazz Vocals