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Friend Of Howard

by Friend Of Howard

This album flows with diversity, soothing female vocals and melodies that will bring you back for more. Nods to Natalie Merchant, Beth Orton and Cowboy Junkies
Genre: Pop: British Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Or Anyway
5:45 $0.99
2. Fantastic Ordinary
3:28 $0.99
3. Herbe
4:22 $0.99
4. Dear Franklin
4:04 $0.99
5. Tuesday
4:01 $0.99
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*IMPORTANT UPDATE* MARTHA BERNER's (aka Friend Of Howard) new CD, "...this side of yesterday", available NOW!

Please go to for orders that will ship to you immediately or visit Martha's new website at for more news and fun.

Martha's new release '...this side of yesterday' is available here at the CD Baby website:


Martha Berner (as Friend of Howard) - vocals, guitar, trumpet, harmonica, percussion

Friend of Howard stands out amongst the throngs of new, budding musicians. Armed with a genuine voice and songs of depth and devotion, FOH blends acoustic folk with the energetic passion of rock 'n' roll.

The talent behind FOH is singer/songwriter Martha Berner. In her self-released debut E.P., Martha's easy, friendly manner instantly charms listeners. Her poetic lyrics create a beautiful pulse and movement, while her comforting vocals and heartfelt guitar make for a collection that's every bit as seductive as it is engaging.

Her inspiration comes from a lifetime surrounded by music. Raised in a household that worshiped equal parts religion and music, Martha was instilled with the notion that music can move, inspire and, above all, should be shared with those around you. It wasn't long before young Martha was sifting through her dad's old 45 collection of the Doors, Cream, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles and many other rock pioneers. Raised in the '80s, bands such as the Violent Femmes, Edie Brickell, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Sundays and other more industrial bands from the early '90s also left their impression. She finally hit her stride with artists like Natalie Merchant, Tory Amos and the Cowboy Junkies - which she draws many likenesses to, in their honor.

While Martha writes and performs her own material, when recording she collaborates with talented artists such as David Sarkis, Michael Wild and Grammy nominated producer Jake Johnson.

A nomad by choice, Martha has lived worldwide - from the Virgin Islands and Israel to Alaska, San Francisco and Chicago. This Midwestern-born talent also recently returned from a sojourn in northern Thailand, where she spent six months teaching English and studying yoga.

It's not surprising that many people recognize something special in her music. Her songs satisfy those who desire something different, yet slightly familiar. Friend of Howard's self-titled E.P. is a peek into a heart worth hearing.

Martha Berner as Friend of Howard has recently signed with Machine Records and will start recording her first full-length debut in December 2004.



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underground willie

solid gold
the five songs on this too short cd are all terrific. first rate material, hope to hear more from this artist!!


Music for that anything, anywhere,, baby!
This is a great album...Ms. Berner's smoky vocals are beautiful paired with bittersweet lyrics. David Sarkis is pure genius on guitar! Fantastic Ordinary pulls you out into the sun, while songs like Dear Franklin surprise you with an unusual pairing of melancholy and a double time coda. There is not a song on the album that is disappointing....I'm eager for future releases by Friend of Howard and her entourage.


buy this cd
what a great cd. she gets you on every track. it's a mini masterpiece really. so pick up this cd before all your friends do, cuz this girl is going places.

Jerry Melchi

talent, talent, talent, talent, talent
The only downside to this CD is that there aren't 30 songs on it. Martha Berner has a wonderfully fresh sound and each song is just a little different from the rest. Best new sound I've heard in a while.


This is the best CD that I've heard in ages. Martha Berner's vocals are beautiful, rich and compelling. My only complaint about the CD is that there aren't more songs on it--I could listen to Friend of Howard all day long. I'm very much looking forward to future releases.

Martha C.

Best CD I own!!!
Goosebumps & then some. Can't get enough of Berner's music! Kick-ass girl! She rocks! Can't wait to hear more. Seen her live several times and if you get the chance check her out...she's awesome.


I seen Martha in Indy, MMS at borders book store. You have got the best voice i
I wrote most of it up top. Hope you get it all. Darling you are something else. I fell in love with your music. Can't wait to hear your next cd. K.P.

mikey hall

this cd just keeps going around in my head ...its great. i know all the words to the songs already and i just love.......come on martha put out another one

michael brown,palm springs,CA

Beautiful Music
Martha ,you are a rising star,I listened to your CD on this site and love it.You know a friend of mine and she is sending me your CD and I am totally excited about recieving it.Follow your dream and you will be a huge success.


Finally a female singer, songwriter you can be proud of......
Track 1 = Goose-bumps
This is the track that draws you in then get ready for a ride of soulful elation. Friend of Howard finally gives you a female artist you want your teenager to idolize. Get ready for raw emotion, a good time to remember and an album you'll play by yourself, at work, hang-in' out and at shmoozy dinner parties.
It works now, then and later. It's definitely one of those albums that won't leave your CD player.
Martha Berner brings it home!!!
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