SongVault Artist Profile
Michigan, United States
New Acoustic / Smooth Jazz
TJ Martin brings to the table a unique first in the music world. He got there by being influenced from groups like ? and The Mysterians, to The Lovin' Spoonful, Suzanne Vega, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Enya and many others.
He wrote and produced an album of music written for the equestrian sport of Dressage. This is now an official Olympic level competition. When he first began the project, his intention was to improve the quality of music that was being used for the sport. His main focus was to eliminate the unnecessary and distracting sounds of bad editing, and the splicing together of various songs which creates a ride that has no theme. To do this, original music had to be written to match the choreography for each particular ride. He then set out to compose a piece of music for each of the varying levels of freestyles, and have riders perform them. The result was award winning freestyles and the world's first CD of "Music for Dressage".
This is an album of powerful, acoustic, instrumental music in an adult contemporary, new age/smooth jazz style. Because of the easy listening sound, the music has since found its way to evenings with candlelight, glasses of merlot and your imagination. The album contains just over 40 minutes of music with 7 songs and a bonus track. People worldwide have been enjoying these mesmerizing sounds. Internet sales of this album continue to grow on a daily basis, in over 50 countries on 6 continents. The pieces on 'The Judge at E' run between five-and-a-half and six minutes, with the exception of the catchy 2-minute, 40 second tune "Samson's Prelude".
The music embraces many genres: there is gentle romanticism, sprightly folk, jazzy interludes, even some quasi-flamenco. It holds together surprisingly well as a contemporary instrumental, alternative new age/jazz disc.
Visit his website to watch an MSNBC news story about dressage at the Beijing Olympics featuring "Anna's Song" from his CD.