Nottingham-based professional performing musician, singer and guitarist.
Martin Jackson is a solo acoustic singer and guitarist based in Nottingham. Martin takes delight in entertaining people with cover songs as part of making an event even more special through the performance of live music.
Stemming from his diverse music taste, Martin prides himself on being highly adaptable. His soaring vocal and creative guitar arrangements cover a wide range of styles – he regularly performs sets of well known rock, pop, indie, blues, jazz, soul and folk songs, all depending on the type of event. Capable of laidback crooning, cheeky jazz flourishes, upbeat party vibes or full throttle rock n roll – Martin delivers the goods, and all performed with sincerity and passion.
Martin is at all times a professional, and this comes from years of tireless experience gigging in both entertainment contexts and in performing original music.
He has played in countless pubs, bars, restaurants and at weddings and corporate events, meaning Martin is always at ease with a crowd. This means if needed he can either become a vibrant personality on stage or alternatively tone things down as to become part of the background. During 2016, he undertook a 60-date tour of the UK’s Parkdean Resorts as part of the lauded caberet duo Twist and Shout, embracing the demand for utmost professionalism and high quality musical entertainment.
Previous endeavours have taken him onto the Pepsi Max stage at the prestigious Download Festival, as well as YNot Festival and MacmillanFest. Notable artists he has performed alongside include Reef, Chuck Mosley, TesseracT, Jim Bob, Breed 77, Spear of Destiny and OPM. He has also made appearances in Classic Rock, Rocksound, Kerrang and Metalhammer magazines with regards to his role as lead singer for Nottingham rock band Emperor Chung.
As well as his musical performance skill, Martin is also an adept sound technician. Possessing excellent audio equipment and a BA Hons degree in Popular Music and Music Technology, he is dedicated to ensuring all his shows meet a high standard of sound quality.
“WELL WHAT CAN WE SAY…? MARTIN CAME ALONG TO THE BLACKSMITHS LOUNGE AND REALLY WOW’D US WITH HIS POWERFUL VOICE AND EFFORTLESS GUITAR PLAYING. HE’S CATCHY, HE’S ENGAGING AND WE LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF HIS MUSIC. WE ARE SURE YOU WILL TOO.”
BLACKSMITH’S LOUNGE, DERBY, 2015
“I CAN’T SPEAK HIGHLY ENOUGH OF MARTIN. HE AGREED TO LEARN A HALF HOUR SET OF ACOUSTIC SONGS FOR OUR WEDDING RECEPTION AT VERY SHORT NOTICE AND ABSOLUTELY NAILED IT. NOT ONLY DOES HE HAVE THE MOST INSANE VOCAL RANGE I’VE EVER HEARD HE CAN TURN HIS HAND TO ANY STYLE/GENRE OF MUSIC. IT WAS A PLEASURE HAVING MARTIN AS PART OF OUR BIG DAY.”
ADAM WHITEHEAD AND SARAH MATTHEWS, BEESTON, 2015
“THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SINGING AT OUR WEDDING. IT WAS SOMETHING ELSE WHICH REALLY MADE THE DAY SPECIAL. YOU WERE GREAT!”
JOE AND HANNAH PHILLIPS, WOOTON-UNDER-EDGE, 2016
“MARTIN JACKSON’S MARVELLOUS SETS ARE AN ABSOLUTE TREASURE IN NOTTINGHAM”
FILTHY’S, NOTTINGHAM, 2015
Zefi K• May 27, 2018
Very professional and easy to work with.
He entertained our guests and we would definitely book him again.
I would recommend Martin to everyone.
Liz Simister• Feb. 16, 2019
"Martin was amazing, the whole event went through very smoothly. Martin contacted me before the event to make sure the playlist was to my liking taking into consideration personal requests.
He was extremely friendly and the interaction between himself and my guests was excellent.
I received many compliments from my guests regarding the quality of his performance and I would have no hesitation in recommending him to others."
Filthy's Gypsy Lounge• Oct. 28, 2016
Martin Jackson's marvellous sets are an absolute treasure in Nottingham.
Darren P• Oct. 27, 2018
Martin was great, the variation of his songs captured the audience during dinner as well as dancing later
Jannine D• Feb. 23, 2018
Martin was great, he's got a lovely voice, excellent choice of set for our country pub and did fantastic requests which our customers and staff enjoyed. A really nice guy too, professional and friendly. Would highly recommend!
Sarah J• March 9, 2019
We had Martin perform for my husbands 40th birthday party. Can’t recommend him enough, his performance was fantastic and we had a lot of guests comment on how great he was throughout the night. From booking through to the actual party Martin was very friendly, responsive and helpful. There was a wide range of music to choose from and nothing seemed to much trouble.
I have quite a vast repertoire, so it would be impractical to post it all here. So here are some of the regular staples in my live set. Please get in touch if there's a particular style / era you're interested in!
1. Busy Pub / Bar / Party
Smooth - Santana
Rather Be – Clean Bandit
This Love – Maroon 5
I Just Wanna Make Love To You – Etta James
Butterfly – Jason Mraz
Uptown Funk – Marc Ronson
Dakota - Stereophonics
Supermassive Black Hole – Muse
Bad Things – Jace Everett
Kiss – Prince
Up – Olly Murs
Rocks – Primal Scream
7 Nation Army – The White Stripes
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Word Up – Cameo
Message In A Bottle – The Police
Foxy Lady – Jimi Hendrix
Poker Face – Lady Gaga
I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor – Arctic Monkeys
The Chain – Fleetwood Mac
20th Century Boy – T-Rex
Take Me To Church – Hozier
Get Lucky/One More Time – Daft Punk
Little By Little - Oasis
Grounds for Divorce - Elbow
Basketcase - Greenday
Let’s Dance – David Bowie
In The End – Linkin Park
Song 2– Blur
In Bloom – Nirvana
No – Meghan Trainor
Forget You – Ceelo Green
You Oughta Know – Alanis Morisette
Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson
Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
2. Mellow restaurant / background vibe
Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra
The Most Beautiful Girl – Flight of the Conchords
Never Too Much – Luther Vandross
Enjoy The Silence – Depeche Mode
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Angels – Robbie Williams
Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
Rusty Cage – Johnny Cash
Whisky in the Jar – Traditional
Red House – Jimi Hendrix
Hey Jude - The Beatles
In The Air Tonight – Phil Collins
Red Red Wine – UB40
Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel
Hotel California – The Eagles
Knocking on Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan
Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
Bad Things – Jace Everett
Good Riddance – Green Day
Tender – Blur
The Lazy Song – Bruno Mars
Jolene – Dolly Parton