Performance Saturday, December 11, 2010 | 10 PM

Martin Sexton Solo Holiday Show

Zankel Hall
He’s that rare and winning combination of insightful lyricist and soulful singer, and “the best live performer I’ve ever seen.” (John Mayer)


  • Martin Sexton


    Program is approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes, and will be performed without intermission.


  • Martin Sexton

    A native of Syracuse, Martin Sexton grew up in the 1980s, fueling his dreams on the timeless sounds of classic rock 'n' roll. Sexton eventually migrated to Boston, where he developed a following by singing on the streets of Harvard Square while gradually making his way through the music scene. His 1992 collection of self-produced demo recordings, In the Journey, was recorded on an old eight-track in a friend's attic. He managed to sell 20,000 copies out of his guitar case while busking.

    Between 1996 and 2002, Sexton released Black Sheep, The American, Wonder Bar, and Live Wide Open. The international touring that accompanied these records established his career and loyal fan base, selling out venues from the Nokia Theatre in New York to the House of Blues in Los Angeles.

    Happily and fiercely independent, Sexton launched his own label, Kitchen Table Records, in 2002. Since then, his success has infiltrated many musical worlds, ranging from Jam Cruise to the Mile High Music Festival to Mayercraft Carrier. His music is featured in films and television series, including recent NBC's Scrubs and Showtime's Brotherhood.

    In 2007-2008, Sexton logged his most successful years to date with the release of Seeds, which debuted at number six on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. On the heels of Seeds, the CD/DVD set Solo was released in October 2008. Documenting a series of recent unaccompanied live appearances, the album captures Martin's incendiary performances in theaters coast to coast. His most recent studio release, Sugarcoating, finds this one-of-a-kind-troubadour doing what he does best: locating larger truths within the specific details of the life he's living.
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Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with WFUV.
This performance is part of WFUV Live at Zankel.