Entertainment

Chris Martin gives it to the ladies

Richard Johnson

Friday, September 14, 2012    

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Singer Christopher Martin's performance at Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records club last Tuesday was all about the ladies.

The artiste who came to prominence through the Digicel Rising Stars talent contest, was performing in the Behind The Screen series at the popular watering hole and eatery.

Martin's 70-minute set was dedicated to the women in his life — the screaming female fans, his friends celebrating birthdays, his mother and his two young daughters.

And for every dedication, Martin had the appropriate song from his growing catalogue.

Backed by a five-piece band, he was in fine form from the get-go, which came just after 11:00 pm.

The opening act included Party Live, Jamaican Girl, Driver, capped by his rendition of If I Were a Carpenter — made popular in Jamaica by John Holt.

In between banter with his ladies, Martin drops more hits. Take My Wings (his contribution to Arif Cooper's Guardian Angel rhythm), the popular Paper Loving and Prettiest Thing, one of his new tracks.

Bruno Mars' Amazing, a medley of Beenie Man and Bounty Killer tracks were followed by a string of classic R&B tracks from Al Green and Marvin Gaye.

His renediton of Gaye's Let's Get It On and Sexual Healing, which were dedicated to ladies celebrating birthdays, went over very well.

Martin does not relent, and at this point, he has the full attention of his audience, dropping his current hit Chill Spot, as well as Cheater's Prayer and Real Friends.

The next segment is for his mother and daughters. He dedicates Mama to his mother then gets emotional as he prepares to deliver The Killer Inside, a track exploring the horrors of sexual abuse against children.

Martin, among the top acts produced by Rising Stars, has clearly matured in terms of voice quality and stage presence.

Shows like Behind the Screen allows an artiste to show what they are made of and Chris Martin delivered.

The series continues next Tuesday and features I-Octane.

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