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Martin Blockson started his musical journey at the age of eight years old. He learned to read music in school bands playing clarinet, and at age 11 he picked up the saxophone while in jr. high school. While honing his talents in the school band, he developed a passion for writing songs and started playing the piano as well.Growing up in a military family and living all over the world exposed Martin to many cultures and music. This played a major role in his musical development as well as the being brought up in the church. During high school, Martin strengthened his skills by playing in local jazz clubs and various churches in the Tidewater, Va. area. This contributed to Martin receiving a scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music upon graduation. At Berklee he studied Jazz composition, commercial song writing, jingle writing, and developed his skills asa record producer. It was at Berklee where he formed a writer's relationship with artist Lalah Hathaway. His first song placement on Virgin Records was on Lalah’s debut CD entitled Stay Home Tonight. Blockson also signed a publishing deal with Warner/ Chapelle Publishing shortly thereafter.In 1993, Martin received a devastating blow when he was diagnosed with a rare bone disorderin his jaw called an ameloblastoma. Even though this rare type of tumor was noncancerous(benign), it had the potential to change and destroy bone around it, so Martin was forced to undergo a radical surgical procedure that involved replacing his entire jawbone with bone from his hip to avoid future complications from the disease.Fortunately the surgery was a success. However, it destroyed all the nerves and sensation inand around Martin’s mouth rendering him incapable of playing the instrument he had grown to love with all his heart, the tenor saxophone. For the next nine and ½ years he would periodically make attempts to play to no avail, and grew to accept the fact that his other talents (playing thepiano, singing, writing and producing music) would have to be enough to sustain his passion for expressing his musical creativity.Then one fateful day he agreed to help a good friend pick out a new saxophone. They traveled to a music store in Richmond, VA, and it was there his long lost gift returned. After several reluctant and unsuccessful attempts, his friend prayed for restoration of his playing ability and low and behold Martin felt a warm sensation from head to toe as his lips conformed to the mouthpiece of the horn his friend wanted to purchase. Then miraculously, with tears rolling down his face, the melodic tone that emerged from it on his final attempt sounded as smooth as silk. Somehow by the grace of God he was back playing the instrument he loved, and to this day he gives God the glory for returning the gift he thought he’d lost forever.Martin has written, produced, and remixed records for artists such as Philip Bailey of Earth,Wind and Fire, Dale Bozzio, Gerald Levert, Vesta, Men At Large, Skyy, Glen Jones, Surface,En Vogue, Mick Murphy, Ann G., Rayna, Bad Boyz of the Industry, CeCe Rogers, Ten City, In Reverence, In Due Season, Byron Stingily... and the list goes on. Today, as his musical journey continues, he often performs with a Jazz group and plays every note passionately as if it were his last. Martin also teaches private music instruction, is still writing and producing records, and produces music for film and television commercials.
Jazz/ Instrumental R& B/ Writer/ Producer/ Vocal stylist
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Martin Blockson Booking infoEmail: Quixtrax@gmail.comPhone: (757)986-0035twitter : mblocksonHampton, Virginia 23666 United States
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