Singer Maggie Martin has turned her frustration at not performing during the pandemic into a career as a songwriter, which has had amazing results so far.
Martin first found local stardom when she was a co-competitive winner in Who’s Got Talent in Sooke.
“I was very surprised to win,” recalls Martin, who grew up in East Sooke.
Martin, 18, has been involved in musical theater since the age of seven.
“Since COVID happened I haven’t been able to do any singing, dancing or acting in Sooke or anywhere else. I was isolated in my house and the only thing I could do was write songs. I recorded some short clips on my piano with a camera and posted them on TikTok.
Before long, Martin had nearly 170,000 followers, 3.5 million likes and almost seven million views on the social media site, many of whom were drawn to the music video for his original composition, Never Blue.
“The number of views just exploded,” she said. “A lot of people were asking me ‘are you going to release it. “”
Although she has tried to collaborate with a number of producers in the past, Martin said she never really connected with anyone until she worked with David Bashford, a Los Angeles-based producer.
“I couldn’t be happier with how Never Blue went for a first outing,” she said. “I’m surprised and excited to see how well it’s done.”
Kathy Russell, Martin’s former piano teacher, said the young musician was destined for success.
“Maggie started studying piano with me when I was seven,” Russell said. “While working on the fundamentals, she would often sing or hum along with the songs she played and Maggie sounded just like a singer. She had a light vocal quality and was beautifully in tune.
Russell suggested voice lessons with a colleague, Victorian musical theater specialist Christie Morrison.
“Maggie loves musical theater and to this day it’s an influence that can be heard in her songs,” Russell said.
Martin worked on covers of great singer/pianists such as Elton John, Billy Joel and Freddie Mercury, and that naturally evolved into writing his own songs, Russell said.
“I asked Maggie if I could hear some of her work after she casually mentioned that she was writing and over the next few months shared her songs with me,” Russell said. “They poured out of her and I was in tears or laughing or just thinking about her words.
“She is a gifted storyteller and has the ability to connect with the listener. In addition to her immense talent, Maggie is driven, ambitious and an avowed perfectionist.
Never Blue was released last month and picked up by Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music.
Martin, who has lived in Langford for two years, is working on writing and releasing more music before moving to Toronto next year.
“There are a lot more opportunities for theatre, film and music there, and that’s the umbrella I want to work under,” she said.
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