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Showing posts with label Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar. Show all posts

Monday, August 27, 2018

Gypsy Soul Records artist: Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar - Run To Me - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Run To Me, by Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar and it's got a cool R&B vibe. Opening with You're The Love, an edgy R&B ballad with a solid radio hook, strong vocals by Martin, Sherie Marshall and Mwansa Mwansa and really cool guitar work by Curtis Chaffey and Michael McCallum and tight backing by Steve Marriner on keys, Darcy Yates on bass and Dani Nash on drums. Cool opener. Another track with solid vocal and a strong hook is Will We Ever Learn with glass clean guitar rhythm and cool organ by Marriner. One of my favorite tracks on the release is Wanna Be Your Lover with just the right amount of lag in Martin's vocal delivery. Melodies are all strong on this release and this track is no exception, cushioned by guitar reverb and smooth vocal backing. Horn soaked, Over You, has really nice construction with soul and gospel feel with rich backing vocals and Shamus Currie on Trombone, Andrew Moljgun on sax and Thomas Moffett on trumpet. Very nice! Only So Much is a particularly soulful ballad with nice tension added by Marriner on organ and a stylistic guitar solo making this another of my favorites on the release.  Wrapping the release is All Night Long, an uptempo R&B track with nice vocal blending. This is a really nice release by Martin that should win her more accolades and a lot more fans.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Powerful Soul Ensemble Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar Set to Release Sophomore Recording

Powerful Soul Ensemble Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar
Set to Release Sophomore Recording

Run To Me out April 27 followed by hometown CD launch party April 28 at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto

Watch/Share new live video for "All Night Long" here

For Immediate Release: March 29, 2018 (Toronto,ON) - Toronto-based Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar’s latest recording, entitled Run to Me, is scheduled for release on April 27, 2018. Produced by Darcy Yates (bassist for Bahamas), the new album explores the full range of the vicissitudes of love: desire, betrayal and, at times, emotional and sexual satisfaction. The lyrics are incisive, the melodies are constantly arresting and the harmonies and arrangements call up the best of the soul sounds of Stax Records and such contemporary artists as Leon Bridges, Sharon Jones, and Lee Fields.

Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar’s debut release, 2015’s Send the Nightingale, was a stripped- down affair consisting of Martin, her two co-singers Sherie and Stacie, and guitarist Mikey McCallum. For Run to Me, Martin elected to record her emotionally wrought material with an expanded band, augmenting the core of Delta Sugar’s gospel-infused harmonies with a full rhythm section, piano, organ and an ever-so-soulful horn section.

Send the Nightingale was a stunning achievement which garnered four Maple Blues nominations in 2016, was regularly featured on the CBC, topped the blues charts on Stingray radio and propelled the group onto the stages of all the major Canadian festivals and clubs coast to coast. Subsequent to the album’s release, Martin has been nominated three years in a row as Female Vocalist of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards. Continuing to build on the group’s steamrolling momentum, in the fall of 2017, Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar were selected by a panel of blues experts to represent Toronto at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, a platform that has served to launch any number of careers in both Europe and the United States.

While Martin is a powerhouse unto herself, the vocal alchemy of Delta Sugar is not the work of a single talent. In combination with what she likes to term her “co-vocalists,” Sherie Marshall and newest full-time member Mwansa Mwansa, the vocal blend Delta Sugar produces is pure, unadulterated gospel-tinged, neuron-tingling magic where the sum is even richer than the already soul-melting parts.

After performing 130 high energy “soul revue” style shows in the US and Canada in 2017, and buzz-worthy showcases at both Americana (Sept. 2017) and at The International Blues Challenge in Memphis (Jan. 2018) – Samantha is now building her European fan base with two full-length European tours scheduled before February 2019. The live show is a torrid force of nature, taking audiences to emotional peaks while leaving them stunned with pin-you-against-the-wall power.


Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar CD Release Party
Saturday, April 28
The Horseshoe Tavern
370 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
Doors at 8:00 p.m. Show at 9:00 p.m. with Dani Nash and The Honeyrunners 
Advance tickets $15 available at / $20 at the door

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Roots and blues powerhouse Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar strike a chord with new release

"... she is utterly unique, the blood of a past era of music is running through her veins and when she sings she'll stop you dead in your tracks.” – Justin Stone, Fatea Magazine
Toronto based ensemble Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar have quickly been recognized as rising stars in the Canadian roots and blues music scene since the February 17th release of their exceptional recording Send the Nightingale. With extensive airplay and reviews from around the world, critics are hailing Martin as "a voice that comes along once in a generation" (Bob Mersereau) and "raw, urgent lead vocals that invite favorable comparisons to those of Bonnie Tyler.” (Duane Verh, Roots Music Report)
Within a few weeks Send the Nightingale was featured on The Alternate Root Top Ten Tracks of the Week, and has reached #3 on the !earshot National Folk/Roots/Blues charts with several positions on top 30 charts from stations across Canada, showing no sign of slowing down.
Here's what some of the reviewers have to say:
“O, boy! From the first notes of this explosive album, I was excited. I remained so as the album unfolded over its almost 40 minutes, and then I hit play again and was just as engaged the second time through. And the fifth… It is still early, but Send the Nightingale is going to be one of my favourite albums this year.”
– Donald Teplyske, Fervor Coulee
“Listening to Send The Nightingale, one can only wonder why Toronto based singer Samantha Martin isn’t already a major star. This can be said without a hint of exaggeration as Send The Nightingale presents a talent fully formed to glorious effect. This lady owns a full understanding of what  ‘soul’ really means and a world-weary voice with the kind of power and control to get the job done properly.”
– Rod Nicholson, Scene Magazine
“The ultimate joy of reviewing new albums is occasionally getting totally besotted by the first listen…the album will make you shudder, extract every sinew of raw emotion and leave you blessed with an experience of exploring what makes music an important medium for self-expression.”
– Three Chords and the Truth (UK)
Send the Nightingale is available on iTunes and at

@rootsnroll     /Samantha-Martin-Music

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar - Send The Nightingale - New Release Review

I just received the newest release (February 17, 2014), Send The Nightingale, from Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar and it's powerful. Opening with country/gospel flavored Give Me Your Mercy, Samantha shows her take no prisoners approach vocally blowing the roof off with powerful backing by Sherie Marshall and Stacie Tabb. Jimmy Hill surrounds the vocal harmonies with spiritual sounding organ and Mike McCallum adds guitar styling. On Addicted, the twist is more R&B but still with a spiritual root. When You Walk Away has an almost Otis Redding feel with Martin singing over arpeggiated chords. Don't Shoot returns to a more folk county feel with rich vocal blending and electric guitar soloing from McCallum. One More Day has a finite country feel, hand claps and all. Chicken pickin by McCallum adds to the overall backwoods feel. Take Us Swiftly Home is a bit more grounded with a bluesy feel. Warm vocal harmonies throughout is the central theme. It's hard to deny that Martin's voice is anything less than excellent. Won't You Stay is an easy ballad with really super vocal blending. The simple instrumental accompaniment helps to really highlight the lush vocals of Martin, Marshall and Tabb. Mississippi Sun has an authentic "western or Americana" sound. Along the lines of Goodnight Irene or I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, this is my favorite track on the release and is simple and straight forward. A clean resonator solo by Martin on this track blends nicely into the overall feel. My Crown has a cool, soul feel and solid vocal work wrapped by Hill's organ work. Very nice. I Won't Justify has a strong early blues/gospel feel. Squeezing every drop of sweat from this track, Martin really elevates this release to a new level. keeping the guitar solo really simple but heartfelt gives the track an iridescence. A Capella, Tell The Heavens features Martin, Marshall and Tabb on vocal blending. A very nice conclusion to a truly rich vocal release.  

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