Martha Reich - Singer Songwriter & Certified Music Practitioner

 An award-winning Santa Fe-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Martha Reich has performed around the world and shared stages with Melissa Crabtree, Consuelo Luz, the Reverend Horten Heat and others as well as opening for Kate MacLeod and performing at the Sundance Film Festival. Originally from New England, she received a BFA in illustration, but music called and she relocated to Santa Fe in 1999 where she has since released five CDs including the award-winning album entitled BRAVE BIRD.
Her 2018 release, Brave Bird, was described as “stunning and heartbreaking” by Americana Highways and earned her a Gold Medal for Female Vocalist in the 2018 Global Music Awards, as well as the LA Critics Award for Best Folk Artist. Often compared to Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez, Reich is deeply inspired by nature and her unique style features an honesty and vulnerability that evokes “a sound almost woven out of the earth.” She is often joined on stage and on recordings by longtime collaborator, cellist Michael Kott, who “presents the cello as a portrayal of infinite compassion…telling stories outside time and place.”

Marthaʼs songs possess exquisite poetry, capturing the depth of personal and universal subjects while tapping into something true and real for all that listen deeply with their minds as well as hearts. Inspired by the contradictions of everyday life; Anchored by the truth and beauty of natureʼs elements, Martha is an authentic troubadour. She delivers her songs with beauty, intelligence, and honesty that gives new meaning to similar moments in our own lives.

Reich won the 2019 New Mexico Music Award for Best Singer-Songwriter Song with 'Fade Away'. In 2018, she received a Gold Medal for Female Vocalist in the Global Music Awards, LA Critics Award for Best Folk Artist and a Clouzine International Music Award for Best Indie Album 'BRAVE BIRD'. Previously winning Global Music Awards in 2017 and 2016, The Southwest Independent Music Award in 2015 and a 2014 New Mexico Music Award for Best Folk Song.

“BRAVE BIRD” is comprised of Reich's most personal songs yet.
Each one an intimate window into her journey from fear to courage—from self-doubt to self-acceptance. After personally laying the foundation for all the songs using six different instruments, Martha carefully chose complimentary musicians to fill in the sound, including Grammy award-winning producer, engineer and guitarist Larry Mitchell, and Cellist Michael Kott.

From her three releases, 'Peter Pan Says' and 'I know a place' were placed in the Independent film 'Piece by Peace'.
Her instrumental version 'Ballad of Buddha Blue' is found on 'Gregg Braden's MUSIC from THE DIVINE MATRIX'.

Martha is also a Certified Music Practitioner, playing for Hospital patients, those in Hospice and people living with Alzheimer's and Cancer.

Her music can be heard on 'PANDORA' Radio, 'Women of Substance Radio' as well as national and international radio stations.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING...

"With a sound almost woven out of the earth, Reich sings from the brittle openings of the heart. To take in the art that comes from such a place opens up our lives in ways that are impossible to measure but so important to hold onto." - James Diaz, Anti-Heroin Chic Magazine.

"Martha Reich’s 'BRAVE BIRD' is Stunning and Heartbreaking. Pulsing, yet sparse instrumentation coupled with hypnotic verses of a quiet yearning spin into the call for something new and the hope that it promises..."
- Jason Davidson of Americana Highways

"Reich has a beautiful tone to her vocals, clear and crisp. She spins her poetic songs akin to a spider weaving its web, so subtle and poetic. Her version of “Over the Rainbow” is as you would expect, as delicate as a flower in bloom. Reich’s guitar work, coupled with cello and JQ Whitcomb’s trumpet set it off in style.  - Maurice Hope, Flyingshoes Review

“Martha Reich sings with the fierce vocal Grace of a James Taylor and the Soulful emotion of a Judy Collins. Perspective words, combined with penetrating sounds, emanate from Martha's acoustic guitar, sure to reverberate the Heartstrings of any awakened Soul.”
- Kimberley Ashley, Fashion & Textile Designer

Her deep roots in traditional folk and storytelling shine through each and every one of her original works. Ira Gordon—Host of Santa Fe's KBAC radio—calls Martha "the closet thing to Joni Mitchell that Santa Fe has."

“I love your music” ... Sam Shepard, Playwright and Actor.

" Martha's music transcends tradition and language in a way that is moving, honest, and rare. Each song feels as though she's written it just for you--to tell you something important about life". ... Gregg Braden, NY Times bestselling author

“ Martha Reich has a great voice. She is flat out open and honest, and just a bit mesmerizing." ...J.W. McClure, Victory Music Review

SHORT BIO:

The songs of New Mexico’s Singer-Songwriter Martha Reich, possess exquisite poetry, capturing the depth of personal and universal subjects while tapping into something true and real for all that listen deeply with their minds as well as hearts.
She has released five albums. Her most recent ‘BRAVE BIRD’ winning a Gold Medal for Female Vocalist in the 2018 Global Music Awards and LA Critics Award for Best Folk Artist.

"With a sound almost woven out of the earth, Reich sings from the brittle openings of the heart. To take in the art that comes from such a place opens up our lives in ways that are impossible to measure but so important to hold onto.”  - James Diaz, ANTI-HEROIN CHIC MAGAZINE

"Martha Reich’s 'BRAVE BIRD' is Stunning and Heartbreaking. Pulsing, yet sparse instrumentation coupled with hypnotic verses of a quiet yearning spin into the call for something new and the hope that it promises..."
- Jason Davidson of Americana Highways

“Martha's Music transcends the barriers of language, borders, and beliefs in a way that is moving, honest, and rare”. - Gregg Braden,  NY Times best selling author.