Toronto roots and blues artist Samantha Martin, has a voice like a high voltage transmission line that could power up a city block, but she uses it to shine like a natural star.
Send the Nightingale is the full-length album of Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar. Martin is accompanied by resonator and acoustic guitars, which she plays on the album. Her powerhouse voice is accentuated by the three part harmonies of Delta Sugar (Mikey McCallum, Sherie Marshall and Stacie Tabb). The combination creates a rich blend of music that sounds unencumbered by production wizardry.
Samantha Martin delivers a huge wallop on eleven original songs that are drawn from the emotional well of blues, soul and gospel. She’ll raise the hair on your arms with the powerful opener “Give Me your Mercy”, tear at your heart with “When You Walk Away”, and incite foot stomping and hand clapping on “One More Day”. You may very well find yourself singing along with her like you were in a southern church choir, when you hear “Take Us Swiftly Home” or the beautiful a cappella “Tell The Heavens” which closes the album.
Martin is a dynamic performer and the warmth you hear in her voice carries on to the stage and ultimately settles over her audience. If you get an opportunity to see this group live, do it.
Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar brings you into the music with Send the Nightingale. That’s what music should do.
By Shelley Gummeson
Mar 10, 2015