Described by bassist Stanley Banks as "the closest you will ever get to the spirit of Janis," Regina Martin is a powerful blues singer inspired by Aretha Franklin, Joss Stone and Janis Joplin. She performs regularly with Richie Cannata's Billy Joel band in NYC, and has been featured by Steve Sage in festivals opening for performers like Jinx Jones, Chris Cain and the Tommy Castro Band.
Born in San Jose, California, Regina began performing at the age of three, singing duets with her pianist father. She learned harmonies from her mother, a singing drummer featured on Ted Mack. At 13, Regina caught the attention of country music legend Brenda Lee, who said, "Kid, you're going places."
"Regina has a presence on stage that stays with you," said Triple Platinum producer Jim Sabella. "Her voice is always full of emotion and control. Regina knows how to command an audience. It's real. From the heart. There is no acting, or trying to be someone else."
- Michael J. Vaughn (Arts Journalist of the Metro Newspaper Silicon Valley, CA)
Regina not only has a great range and style when she sings, but she always "brings it" when I have played with her.A true talent..... - Richie Cannata (Billy Joel)
"Regina Martin has a very expressive, soulful voice - tinged with knowledge and experience - at home in Rn'B, the blues and anything contemporary...I am a big fan."
-Tim White Grammy-Winning Engineer (Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks)
“Regina is a true natural. Tons of Talent.” -Tommy Campbell (Tour drummer for The Backstreet Boys)
"This past year I've had the honor to perform for or sit in with some of New York's finest Jazz, Soul and Classic Pop musicians like Freddie Hendrix, Antoine Dyre, Ecussionist, and many more. I was invited to sing with with one of New York's most distinguished Jazz musicians. Below is a review from Mark Whitfield.
“In the time that I have known Regina Martin, I have come to truly appreciate her drive, her tenacity and most important her pursuit of excellence. Music is beautifully fluid form of expression and I believe the only limits that exist within this art form are those which we impose on ourselves. It is refreshing to witness an artist who refuses to abide by the accepted boundaries too often used to define style and genre. Regina is enjoying her journey through self-discovery and artistic development and she's inviting all of us to join her. We would be wise to accept her invitation.”
- Mark Whitfield