Matt Martino | Let it Shine

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Let it Shine

by Matt Martino

Classic pop with touches of jazz, R&B and Gospel around the edges.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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1. Don't Stop Now
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2. The Other Side
4:13 $0.99
3. The River
4:38 $0.99
4. The World
4:49 $0.99
5. Naturally
4:08 $0.99
6. When Morning Comes Around
4:46 $0.99
7. The Notes I Should Have Played
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8. Magic
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9. Goodbye Chicago
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10. View From a Barstool
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11. Things Are Gonna Be Just Fine
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Album Notes
The transformation of Matt Martino’s life and musical career is steadily becoming a great success story. While all dedicated musicians will inevitably encounter struggles and trying times on their journeys, there are qualities about Martino’s story that make his tale of comeback and success particularly uplifting.

At the turn of the century Matt Martino was turning heads with his up and coming urban pop band “The Stank”, in college towns throughout the Midwest. Based in Carbondale, Illinois (known for the hard partying Southern Illinois University Salukis), The Stank’s popularity spread quickly and Martino and his band found themselves traveling in all directions to spread the word. Tracks from their first and only studio album “History” began popping up on college radio stations across the country and while Martino and The Stank were basking in their hard earned popularity and success, they knew they would have to conquer markets larger than the college towns they had been playing. So after two years of writing music, fine-tuning his playing skills and developing as a musician, Matt Martino took his band north to Chicago.

The next three years proved to be more challenging than anyone could have predicted. The challenges of moving to a new city and breaking into a large market were daunting. When each of the original band members left one by one to pursue other goals, The Stank became a revolving door of musicians, some of whom stayed a while, some of whom came and went quickly. But the band endured and Martino became the rock on which other musicians honed their skills. He was struggling to gain Chicago’s acceptance and desperately searching for a sense of belonging, as well as a future for himself as a musician.

It was around that time, while living in a friend’s extra bedroom, in an effort to be heard, Matt Martino began playing saxophone on the streets of Chicago.

Martino could regularly be heard on the benches in front of the 17th Church of Jesus Christ Scientist on the three way corner of Wacker Drive, Wabash Ave and Water Street. In later years, although admittedly humbling and solitary, Martino described those times as the most rewarding of his three years in Chicago and his new perspective became clear in his writing. It was at this time that Martino perfected the quality that makes his writing stand out so dramatically; the ability to speak thoughtfully yet simply…. to take big ideas and make them small. His writing also developed a much more “human” and mature point of view, as is evidenced in works from this time such as “View From a Barstool”, “Moving On” and the simple yet well-crafted “Naturally”.

“I had set out to be a professional musician, and I was.” Martino said in an interview years later. “Maybe not in the capacity I had originally intended, but I was playing music every day. It was tough; I burned through a lot of life during that time. But it reminded me why I had started playing music in the first place.”

It was on the busy streets of Chicago that Matt Martino found his true voice. He was a poor, struggling musician trying desperately to be heard; a starving artist in the truest sense of the phrase. After three years of trying to gain favor in the city of Chicago, Matt Martino left the Windy City in search of more hospitable surroundings. He migrated south to Nashville, Tennessee.


The turnaround began immediately upon Martino’s arrival in Nashville and he fell in love with the city right away. After cutting his teeth in writer’s nights throughout the city, meeting other musicians and learning his way around Nashville’s intricate music circles, Martino made a name for himself among Nashville’s up-and-coming artists with a stand-out performance at Nashville’s legendary Bluebird Cafe. The buzz surrounding him has continued to grow ever since.

Matt Martino’s writing is a style completely unique and rich with the influences of his past. His voice and his playing are sounds distinctly his own and he regularly surrounds himself with some of Nashville’s heavy hitters to create a style that fluently meshes his own “urban pop” sound with Nashville’s interest in acoustic, layered music. The best is yet to come for Matt Martino and you can catch him solo, with regular compatriots Dan Hagemann and Dennis Lee, or with his full band as he continually develops as a musician and as a person. In his quest to be heard, Matt Martino is well on his way to reaching his goal.



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Avid Music Lover

Exciting New Face on the Pop Music Scene
After hearing all of the buzz about Matt Martino around the Nashville music scene, I decided to pick up his debut CD, "Let It Shine". I found this project to be a refreshing mix of nostalgic pop infused with fantastic touches of R&B and funk influences. While the project contains some heart-felt introspective moments, they are interspersed between infectious grooves creating a distinctive pop-soul sound all his own.

The First Matt Martino Fan

Every song is my favorite
There is so much creativity and thought in this CD beyond the amazing words and music that it holds my interest as I listen over and over again. Listening to the songs on myspace through the computer speakers did NOT do these songs justice. This CD is the real deal - lots of attention to detail. Buy it!

Tough Crowd Entertainment

An amazing CD top to bottom
I've been a fan of Matt Martino since his days in Chicago. I've been waiting for this CD for a long time!!! Great!!!


Let it shine
Awesome album. Heard you sing at Bluebird Cafe on August 3rd. Had to order the cd right away. Do you have any acoustical cd's? When are you going to do a concert in NM? Keep making awesome music!