Martin Jackson

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Professional musician, singer and guitarist from Nottingham.
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Martin Jackson is a solo acoustic singer and guitarist based in Nottingham. Although a proficient songwriter, Martin takes delight in entertaining people with cover songs as part of making an event even more special through the performance of live music. Stemming from his diverse music taste, Martin prides himself on being highly adaptable. His soaring vocal and creative guitar arrangements cover a wide range of styles – he regularly performs sets of well known rock, pop, indie, blues, jazz, soul and folk songs, all depending on the type of event. Capable of laidback crooning, cheeky jazz flourishes, upbeat party vibes or full throttle rock n roll – Martin delivers the goods, and all performed with sincerity and passion. Martin is at all times a professional, and this comes from years of tireless experience gigging in both entertainment contexts and in performing original music. He has played in countless pubs, bars, restaurants and at weddings and corporate events, meaning Martin is always at ease with a crowd. This means if needed he can either become a vibrant personality on stage or alternatively tone things down as to become part of the background. During 2016, he undertook a 60-date tour of the UK’s Parkdean Resorts as part of the lauded caberet duo Twist and Shout, embracing the demand for utmost professionalism and high quality musical entertainment. Previous endeavours have taken him onto the Pepsi Max stage at the prestigious Download Festival, as well as YNot Festival and MacmillanFest. Notable artists he has performed alongside include Reef, Chuck Mosley, TesseracT, Jim Bob, Breed 77, Spear of Destiny and OPM. He has also made appearances in Classic Rock, Rocksound, Kerrang and Metalhammer magazines with regards to his role as lead singer for Nottingham rock band Emperor Chung. As well as his musical performance skill, Martin is also an adept sound technician. Possessing excellent audio equipment and a BA Hons degree in Popular Music and Music Technology, he is dedicated to ensuring all his shows meet a high standard of sound quality.

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Martin's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Jill F
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

Martin was exceptional. Brilliant musician and a lovely bloke.

Reply from Martin
5 months ago

Thank you so much Jill, I loved performing for you and your guests! It was a lovely afternoon and I really appreciated such a warm welcome from you all. Please let me know if you need live music again in the future!

Roger C
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

Firstly Martin is a brilliant individual. Communicates well, very attentive and very flexible. We had Martin sing at our wedding, he sang both the ceremony and reception songs acoustically. Beautiful voice from a beautiful individual. Extremely highly recommend. Thank you for everything Martin, we will meet again.

Reply from Martin
8 months ago

Thank you so much for this wonderful review Roger, it was an absolute pleasure to sing at your wedding and you made me feel so valued and welcomed. Here's to a lifetime of happiness for you and Bec! Looking forward to seeing you again.

Louise P
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

Martin was a great opening entertainer for our party, loved by the guests, great choice of songs, great voice, uplifting and fun. Huge thank you

Reply from Martin
8 months ago

Hi Louise, thanks so much for your kind words! I had such a good time performing for you all, I really appreciated the warm welcome and it was such a shame I had to leave so soon after the set was complete. Thanks again for booking me, would definitely sing for you again another time ^_^

Kris F
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

Martin was fantastic. Great song list, great voice and a gentleman from start to finish.

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Charlotte K
2 years ago, for a Wedding in NG14 6DG
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5 out of 5

Martin was great for our wedding. We liked how he built up the music with his guitar and he had a great voice. He mingled with our guests without being overbearing and was happy to accommodate all our needs.

Gary O
4 years ago, for a Charity event in 27 Cossington Rd
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5 out of 5

Martin turned up on time our event was running a little late but he was fine about it, he then went on to give a great performance, and we look forward to having him back in the new year.

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Martin's Song list

Aha Take On Me
Alanis Morisette You Oughta Know
Alice In Chains Nutshell
Alice In Chains Would?
Alison Krauss It Doesn't Matter
Alison Krauss Looking In The Eyes of Love
Alter Bridge Rise Today
Alter Bridge Watch Over You
Amy Winehouse Back to Black
Andy Williams Moon River
Arctic Monkeys I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Arctic Monkeys Mardy Bum
Arctic Monkeys When The Sun Goes Down
Aretha Franklin Respect
Aretha Franklin Think
BB King The Thrill Is Gone
Ben E King Stand By Me
Big Shaq Mans Not Hot
Bill Withers Ain't No Sunshine
Billie Eilish Bad Guy
Billie Joel Uptown Girl
Billy Idol White Wedding
Black Stone Cherry Hell and High Water
Black Stone Cherry Lonely Train
Blink 182 All The Small Things
Bloodhound Gang The Bad Touch
Blur Beetlebum
Blur Girls and Boys
Blur Parklife
Blur Song 2
Blur Tender
Bob Marley Don't Worry
Bob Marley Get Up Stand Up
Bob Marley I Shot The Sheriff
Bob Marley No Woman No Cry
Bon Jovi Dead or Alive
Bon Jovi Living on a Prayer
Bruno Mars Locked Out Of Heaven
Bruno Mars Treasure
Bryan Adams Everything I Do
Buckcherry Crazy Bitch
Buddy Holly That'll Be The Day
Cameo Word Up
Ceelo Green Fuck You
Chaka Khan Ain't Nobody
Chic Good Times
Chris Cornell You Know My Name
Chris Isaak Wicked Game
Christina Aguilera Beautiful
Christina Aguilera Dirrrty
Christina Perri A Thousand Years
Chuck Berry You Never Can Tell
CHVRCHES The Mother We Share
Clean Bandit Rather Be
Cockney Rebel Make Me Smile
Corey Taylor Xmas
Corinne Rae Bailey Put Your Records On
Cornershop Brimful of Asha
Cream Sunshine of your Love
Credence Clearwater Revival Bad Moon Rising
Crowded House Weather With You
Daft Punk Get Lucky
Daft Punk One More Time
Damien Rice Cannonball
David Bowie As The World Falls Down
David Bowie Changes
David Bowie Fashion
David Bowie Heroes
David Bowie Let's Dance
David Bowie Moonage Daydream
David Bowie Rebel Rebel
David Bowie Underground
David Bowie Ziggy Stardust
David Gray Be Mine
David Guetta The Love is Gone
Deep Blue Something Breakfast At Tiffanys
Def Leppard Pour Some Sugar On Me
Depeche Mode Enjoy The Silence
Depeche Mode Personal Jesus
Dire Straits Money for Nothing
Dire Straits Sultans of Swing
Disturbed Down With The Sickness
Disturbed Stricken
Dizzee Rascal Dance Wiv Me
Dolly Parton 9 to 5
Dolly Parton Jolene
Don McLean American Pie
Dua Lipa New Rules
Duran Duran Is There Something I Should Know
Ed Sheeran Perfect
Ed Sheeran Shape of You
Ed Sheeran Thinking Out Loud
Edwin Starr War
Elbow Grounds For Divorce
Elbow One Day Like This
Elbow Starlings
Electric Six Gay Bar
Electric Six High Voltage
Elton John Crocodile Rock
Elton John I'm Still Standing
Elvis Costello Alison
Elvis Costello Pump It Up
Elvis Presley A Little Less Conversation
Elvis Presley Always on my Mind
Elvis Presley Burning Love
Elvis Presley Can't Help Falling Love
Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock
Eminem Lose Yourself
Erasure A Little Respect
Eric Clapton Layla
Etta James I Just Wanna Make Love to You
Evanescence Everybody's Fool
Evanescence Going Under
Extreme More Than Words
Faith No More Epic
Faith No More Evidence
Faith No More Out of Nowhere
Feeder Buck Rogers
Fleetwood Mac Dreams
Fleetwood Mac Go Your Own Way
Fleetwood Mac Second Hand News
Fleetwood Mac Songbird
Fleetwood Mac The Chain
Flight of The Concords Business Time
Flight of The Concords The Most Beautiful Girl
Foo Fighters All My Life
Foo Fighters Best of You
Foo Fighters Everlong
Foo Fighters Monkeywrench
Foo Fighters The Pretender
Foo Fighters Walk
Frank Sinatra Fly Me To The Moon
Frankie Goes To Hollywood The Power of Love
Franz Ferdinand Take Me Out
Gabriella Alpin Please Don't Say You Love Me
Gene Kelly Singing In The Rain
George Ezra Budapest
George Ezra Paradise
George Gerschwin Summertime
George Michael Careless Whisper
George Michael Faith
Goo Goo Dolls Iris
Green Day American Idiot
Green Day Basketcase
Green Day Good Riddance
Green Day Minority
Guns n Roses Paradise City
Guns n Roses Sweet Child O' Mine
Guns n Roses Welcome to the Jungle
Hozier Take Me To Church
Ian Siegal Falling On Down Again
Ian Siegal Sugar Rush
Incubus Dig
Incubus Drive
Incubus Summer Romance
Incubus Wish You Were Here
Indiana Bound
Indiana Mess Around
Indiana Solo Dancing
Jace Everett Bad Things
Jackie Wilson Higher and Higher
Jake Bugg Lightning Bolt
James Bay Hold Back The River
James Brown I Got You (I Feel good)
James Taylor You've Got A Friend
Jamiroquai Cosmic Girl
Jamiroquai Little L
Jason Mraz Butterfly
Jason Mraz The Dynamo of Volition
Jeff Buckley Grace
Jeff Buckley Lilac Wine
Jessie J Bang Bang
Jet Are You Gonna Be My Girl?
Jimi Hendrix Foxy Lady
Jimi Hendrix Red House
Jimmy Eat World The Middle
Joan Jett I Love Rock n Roll
John Lee Hooker House Rent Blues
John Mayer City Love
John Mayer Neon
John Mayer Slow Dancing In a Burning Room
Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Blues
Johnny Cash Ring of Fire
Joni Mitchell Big Yellow Taxi
Josh Groban You Raise Me Up
Junior/Senior Move Your Feet
Justin Timberlake Can't Stop The Feeling
Justin Timberlake Like I Love You
Justin Timberlake Rock Your Body
Kaiser Chiefs I Predict a Riot
Kaiser Chiefs Ruby
Kenny Loggins Footloose
Kings of Leon Molly's Chambers
Kings of Leon Radioactive
Kings of Leon Sex On Fire
Kings of Leon Use Somebody
Kool & The Gang Celebration
Lady Gaga Bad Romance
Lady Gaga Poker Face
Lady Gaga Telephone
Led Zeppelin I Can't Quit You Babe
Led Zeppelin Whole Lotta Love
Linkin Park Bleed It Out
Linkin Park Breaking The Habit
Linkin Park In the End
Linkin Park Numb
Linkin Park Pushing Me Away
Linkin Park Sharp Edges
Linkin Park What I've Done
Louis Armstrong What A Wonderful World
Luther Vandross Never Too Much
Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama
Madness Baggy Trousers
Madness It Must Be Love
Madonna Like A Prayer
Manic Street Preachers A Design For Life
Manic Street Preachers Kevin Carter
Manic Street Preachers Masses Against The Classes
Marc Ronson Uptown Funk
Maroon 5 Sugar
Maroon 5 This Love
Marvin Gaye Grapevine
Marvin Gaye What's Goin On?
Massive Attack Teardrop
Meghan Trainor No
Metallica Enter Sandman
Metallica Nothing Else Matters
Michael Jackson Beat It
Michael Jackson Billie Jean
Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal
Michael Jackson Thriller
Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin Something
Mike and the Mechanics The Living Years
Motorhead Ace of Spades
Mr Probz Waves
Muse Plug In Baby
Muse Starlight
Muse Supermassive Black Hole
Muse Time Is Running Out
Muse Uprising
Natalie Impruglia Torn
Neil Diamond Sweet Caroline
New Order Blue Monday
New Order True Faith
Newton Faulkner Dream Catch Me
Newton Faulkner Passing Planes
Nickelback How You Remind Me
Nickelback Rockstar
Nickelback Saving Me
Nina Simone Feelin' Good
Nine Inch Nails Closer
Nine Inch Nails Hurt
Nine Inch Nails Piggy
Nine Inch Nails The Hand That Feeds
Nirvana Come As You Are
Nirvana Heartshaped Box
Nirvana In Bloom
Nirvana Lithium
Oasis Champagne Supernova
Oasis Don't Look Back In Anger
Oasis Little By Little
Oasis Live Forever
Oasis Morning Glory
Oasis She's Electric
Ocean Colour Scene The Day We Caught the Train
Olly Murs Up
Outkast Hey Ya
Outkast Roses
Paul Simon You Can Call Me Al
Pearl Jam Alive
Pearl Jam Even Flow
Peggy Lee Fever
Pendulum Propane Nightmares
Pendulum The Island
Pendulum Watercolour
Pet Shop Boys West End Girls
Peter Gabriel Don't Give Up
Peter Gabriel Mercy Street
Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer
Peter Gabriel Solsbury Hill
Phil Collins In The Air Tonight
Pink Floyd Another Brick in the Wall
Pink Floyd Breathe
Pink Floyd Comfortably Numb
Pink Floyd Time
Primal Scream Rocks
Prince Kiss
Prince Purple Rain
Queen Another One Bites The Dust
Queen Bohemian Rhapsody
Queen Don't Stop Me Now
Queen Fat Bottomed Girls
Queen Under Pressure
Queen We Are The Champions
Queen We Will Rock You
Radiohead Just
Rag n Bone Man Human
Red Hot Chilli Peppers By The Way
Red Hot Chilli Peppers Californication
Red Hot Chilli Peppers Can't Stop
Red Hot Chilli Peppers Give It Away
Red Hot Chilli Peppers Under The Bridge
REM Losing My Religion
Richard Thompson Beeswing
Richard Thompson Needle and Thread
Richard Thompson Razordance
Richard Thompson Turning of the Tide
Rick Astley Never Gonna Give You up
Robbie Williams Angels
Robbie Williams Let Me Entertain You
Robert Johnson Sweet Home Chicago
Roberta Flack The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Rolling Stones Paint It Black
Rolling Stones Sympathy for the Devil
Rolling Stones Wild Horses
Royal Blood Figure It Out
Royal Blood Little Monster
Santana Smooth
Seether Fake It
Seether The Gift
Sia Cheap Thrills
Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simon and Garfunkel The Sound of Silence
Sister Sledge We Are Family
Sixpence None The Richer Kiss Me
Skunkanansie Weak
Slipknot The Devil In I
Slipknot Vermillion Part II
Smash Mouth Allstar
Soft Cell Tainted Love
Soundgarden Black Hole Sun
Soundgarden Fell on Black Days
Soundgarden Spoonman
Sparks This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both of Us
Squeeze Another Nail in My Heart
Status quo Caroline
Status quo Down Down
Steely Dan Black Friday
Steely Dan Daddy Don't Live In That
Steely Dan Deacon Blues
Steely Dan Peg
Stereophonics Dakota
Stereophonics It Means Nothing
Stevie Wonder I Believe When I Fall In Love
Stevie Wonder Superstition
Taj Mahal She Caught The Katy
Talking Heads Born Under Punches
Talking Heads Burning Down The House
Talking Heads Once In A Lifetime
Talking Heads Psycho Killer
Tears for Fears Everybody Wants to Rule The World
Tears for Fears Mad World
Tears for Fears Shout
Teenage Dirtbag Wheatus
Tenacious D Beelzeboss
Tenacious D Karate
Tenacious D Tribute
The Animals House of the Rising Sun
The Band The Shape I'm In
The Beatles All You Need Is Love
The Beatles Come Together
The Beatles Hey Jude
The Black Keys Lonely Boy
The Buzzcocks Ever Fallen In Love
The Clash London Calling
The Clash Should I Stay Or Should I go?
The Cranberries Zombie
The Darkness Christmas Time
The Darkness I Believe In a Thing Called Love
The Doors Light My Fire
The Eagles Hotel California
The Eurythmics Sweet Dreams
The Fatback Band I Found Lovin
The Four Seasons Beggin
The Fratellis Chelsea Dagger
The Human League Don't You Want Me Baby
The Jackson 5 Blame on the Boogie
The Jam English Rose
The Jam Going Underground
The Jam Start
The Killers Mr Brightside
The Killers Somebody Told Me
The Killers When You Were Young
The Kinks You Really Got Me
The Lumineers Hey Ho
The Monkees I'm a Believer
The Pogues Fairytale of New York
The Police Every Breath You Take
The Police Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
The Police Message In A Bottle
The Police Walking on the Moon
The Proclaimers 500 Miles
The Script Rock The World
The Specials Rudy
The Specials Too Much Too Young
The Stranglers Golden Brown
The Sweet Ballroom Blitz
The Undertones Teenage Kicks
The Verve Bittersweet Symphony
The White Stripes Seven Nation Army
The White Stripes The Hardest Button to Button
The Who Baba O'Riley
The Who Won't Get Fooled Again
The Zutons Valerie
Thin Lizzy The Boys Are Back In Town
Tim Minchin If You Really Loved Me
Tim Minchin Rock N Roll Nerd
Tina Turner Nutbush City Limits
Tina Turner Proud Mary
Tom Jones Delilah
Toploader Dancing In The Moonlight
Trad. Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy
Trad. Fields of Athenry
Trad. Whisky In The Jar
T-Rex 20th Century Boy
Twenty One Pilots Stressed Out
U2 New Years Day
UB40 Red Red Wine
Van Morrison Brown Eyed Girl
Wham I'm Your Man
Wild Cherry Play That Funky Music
ZZ Top Gimme All Your Loving

Martin's Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£60
Up to 1 hour£230
Up to 2 hours£320
Up to 3 hours£400
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

- My distinctive, powerful and adaptable vocals ("You can sing anything!") - My huge stylistic variety! This not only ends up appealing to a wide audience taste but also keeping them on their toes as to what comes next and really ramps up the excitement (You've just had Chaka Khan? Well here's some Dizzee Rascal...and then some Queen)

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Notable venues I've performed at include: Download Festival, Donington Park Rescue Rooms, Nottingham The Underworld, Camden Town, London The Waterfront, Norwich Mercure Piccadilly Hotel, Manchester The Corporation, Sheffield The Fleece, Bristol

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Far too many to name all of them, I pride myself on a hugely eclectic taste, but the biggies are... For my covers performances: Marc Rebillet, James Brown, Prince, Muse, Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin, Pendulum, For my original music: Jeff Buckley, Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Alter Bridge, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Steely Dan, Talking Heads

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Download Festival, Pepsi Max Stage at Donington Park, 2013 as lead vocalist for Nottingham rock band Emperor Chung.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I pride myself on being as flexible as possible, but if the timings for your event change please let me know as soon as can, in case these clash with another booking I may have that same day.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes, I can provide a playlist or DJ service between my sets free of charge. If you'd like me to continue to run this until the end of the night after the performance is complete, there is usually charge of £100 unless otherwise agreed.

How much time do you need to set up?

Set up and soundcheck usually takes up to 30 minutes, but I like to arrive with plenty of contingency and will try to be you about an hour before showtime

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Absolutely, I have a huge repertoire of over 400 songs which I can send to you after booking is confirmed. While I craft my setlists to every type of event, I'm very happy for you choose as many songs as you like for your special day to fit within the contracted performance time :)

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I possess a full PA rig for my performances, so all I require is a power socket near to the performance area. NB: This does not include lighting

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Please let me know if there are any songs you'd like to hear on your special day, as I'll be very happy to learn them if they're not already included in my repertoire document :) A large number of bespoke songs might incur an additional fee, please message to discuss!
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Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Songwriter, Sound technician, Transcription, Fluent improviser, Live looping, MC
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