SIX NATIONS – 2016 has already been a milestone year for Jace Martin, having tied the knot with the love of his life on New Year’s Day.
He is currently living it up with his wife Jocelyn on their honeymoon, but the married life isn’t the only thing Jace has to be celebrating.
Last year was a big success for Jace’s career. Two years of hard work and dedication has lead up to the October release of his latest album Mighty, which has been the most successful album of his music career so far. Jace produced the album alongside Six Nations musicians and songwriters Doyle Bomberry and Jace’s brother Troy Martin.
Recorded at Jukasa Studios in Six Nations and Iguana Studios in Toronto, Mighty also features Canadian legend Justin Abedin, formerly of the soul and R&B group JackSoul, on guitar.
Mighty is Jace’s third solo album. He released his first self-titled album in 2008, and his second album, the Nashville-flavoured Falling Stars EP, produced by Crystal Shawanda and Dewayne Strobel of NewDawn Records. Two songs from Mighty, “Free to Fly” and “I Can’t Lose” have hit number 1 on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown, with “I Can’t Lose” topping the charts for consecutive weeks.
Several of Jace’s songs had been featured throughout the first two seasons of the APTN hit show Mohawk Girls. His music has had international radio play and is shared on satellite radio. Last year Jace also headlined music festivals for the first time in his career, performed a duet with soul legend Sam Moore, and shared his music with more than 400 million people during the televised culture segment of the PanAm Games closing ceremonies.
Aside from a continuously flourishing music career, Jace is also an entrepreneur. He founded the Concert for a Cure (C4AC) with the Six Nations Community Youth Outreach, the largest annual music festival in Six Nations. As the artistic director of C4AC, Jace has helped bring more than 15,000 tourists to Six Nations, attracting some of the biggest names in Canadian music including Jonny Lang, A Tribe Called Red, and David Wilcox, while at the same time supporting up-and-coming local talent. Since 2000, with the help of many local arts organizations, The Six Nations Community Youth Outreach have also been offering hundreds of youth the chance to explore a variety of artistic fields with hands-on training from established artists.
Jace’s knack for entrepreneurship doesn’t stop there. He is also the president of The Darren Ross Agency. Jace founded the agency last January in honour of his late brother Darren Martin. The Darren Ross Agency is home to Jace’s own music as well as emerging local talent, including AK McLeod, who is currently working on a new album, folk/pop artist Missy Knott, and 13-year-old country artist Leah Belle. The Darren Ross Agency has already had seven music festival partnerships, booking and working with everyone from Shane Yellowbird to George Leach.
Jace is looking forward to planning his next tour in the New Year, beginning with a with a seven-piece band performance in Vancouver B.C. in February for the 2016 Indspire Awards, another nationally televised event.
You can find more information on Jace Martin’s music, the Darren Ross Agency and its signed artists at www.darrenrossagency.com, as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Photo Cred to Jace Martin