Rebecca Martin is a gifted singer, guitarist, and composer whose sound showcases her nuanced brand of folk, pop, and jazz. A native of Rumford, Maine, Martin began singing around age eight, and by her teens was recording at a local studio. While in college, she studied jazz vocal performance, and began gigging around New York City. In the early '90s, Martin befriended guitarist (and future Norah Jones collaborator) Jesse Harris and formed the jazz-influenced pop outfit Once Blue, which also featured saxophonist Mark Turner, drummer Jeff Ballard, bassist Ben Street, keyboardist Scott Kinsey, and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. They signed to EMI, and in 1995 debuted with Once Blue, featuring the single "Save Me." Despite some initial success, a label restructuring at EMI left the band's sophomore album unreleased, and they eventually broke up.
In 2010, she delivered her second standards album, When I Was Long Ago, which showcased her trio with Grenadier and saxophonist McHenry. Three years later, she returned with the largely all-original set Twain, with Grenadier, drummer Dan Rieser, and pianist Peter Rende. She then paired with vocalist Gretchen Parlato and singer/guitarist Becca Stevens for the album Tillery. For 2017's The Upstate Project, Martin collaborated with keyboardist/vocalist Guillermo Klein. ~ Matt Collar