As part of the Today at Apple In-Store Initiative, VP Recording artist Christopher Martin did a live Q&A session and performance at the Apple Store in Williamsburg on Saturday May 20th. An hour earlier at the Apple Soho, songstress Estelle did a live Q&A and debuted her new reggae song ‘Love like Ours’ featuring Tarrus Riley, an exclusive track from VP Records forthcoming "Reggae Gold 2017" compilation album in stores July 21.
Christopher Martin spoke candidly about his early stages in life, mentioning he grew up on country music and had to sneak out of the house to listen to dancehall. After the live Q&A with music photographer, Jonathan Mannion, he took to the stage to perform crowd favorites ‘Cheater’s Prayer’, ‘I’m a Big Deal’, ‘Under the Influence’ and more.
Christopher Martin has come full circle and is continuously growing his fan base locally and internationally. Christopher Martin is ever thankful to the many fans that listen to his music and believe in his talent: “It has been a journey and my quest to bring my music to all corners of the earth continues. I have had many successes and I give thanks to the fans that have supported my career. It is challenging sometimes but I believe in music and I see the power it has so I will always try to put out good songs for people to enjoy”. At his latest performance at SOBs in NYC, we caught up with Christopher Martin. He talked about his new "Big Deal" tour.
Jamaica is a special country when it comes to talent, like the many rivers that run through the green island so does talent gush from its inner communities and towns. One such talent that has carved out a niche for himself is Christopher Martin. Think swagger, sex appeal and tremendous talent. Among his contemporaries there is no comparison to Christopher’s vocal strength, outstanding stage performance and his ability to have patrons singing his every tune. Christopher Martin is the quintessential modern artiste.
After an impressive entrance at #3 on the Billboard Reggae chart with his debut album "Big Deal", soulful crooner Christopher Martin is headed on his first major North American tour to deliver what he calls "real-life music": Earnest, honest songs about everyday realities.
From his humble beginnings in Jamaica's St. Catherine Parish, in a rural district known as Back Pasture, to being catapulted into the entertainment limelight by winning Jamaica's Rising Stars, Christopher Martin has kept his focus on developing his musical talents and becoming a great stage performer and all-around entertainer. Along the way, he teamed with influential producer and artist manager Robert Livingstone and company, later signing with VP Records. Recently, Christopher took a leading role in his first feature film "Destiny" and appeared in television commercials as the spokesperson for KFC Jamaica. Stacking up success after success, Christopher's star is on the rise!
As one of Jamaica's most in-demand singers since winning 2005's Digicel's Rising Stars (the island's top televised show equivalent of American Idol), Christopher Martin has been a BIG DEAL for over a decade!
On February 10th, 2017, the 29-year-old artist will finally reveal his first full-length album to the world. As a Valentine's Day born baby and a romantic playboy at heart, his 16-track international debut could not come at a better time.
Big Deal is the perfect recipe of sweetness, swagger and sex appeal and showcases Chris's versatility and vocal excellence. Chris fires with formidable skill on the album's braggadocios theme song "I'm A Big Deal" (produced by Troy "Troyton" Hinds). With almost 4 million views, the video is proof that the song's title rings true. He heats things up on the sensual r&b flavored track "Under The Influence Remix" featuring UK grime artist Chip, the swaggerifc "Magic" and "Love Distance Lover" featuring newcomer Destiny Moriah. The latter part of the album delves into his long list of love songs including "Distance," "Better Than The Stars" and reggaeton inspired "My Love."