Sharon’s one to watch

Sharon Martin
Sharon Martin

FEMALE singer-songwriters are having something of a moment.

From record-breaking albums from Adele to posthumous and ever-popular work from Amy Winehouse, British music fans in particular can’t seem to get enough of those breathy vocals.

Which is why it’s perhaps the best time to introduce Glasgow girl Sharon Martin — a southsider who launches her first EP this week, and a musician whose connections pinpoint her as one to watch.

The former Williamwood high school pupil — originally from Clarkston – has spent the past three years working with a who’s who list of collaborators, including ex-Altered Images man Stephen Lironi and Los Angeles producer Doug Trantow (whose previous credits include Hootie and the Blowfish and Tracy Chapman).

Taking a break from the still-rather-rock-and-roll day job as front woman of Lironi’s band Flesh, Sharon has been penning her own material, and the result is eight-track album Natural High.

The song of the same name is an upbeat, folky pop number with emotional lyrics conveyed by a voice both breathy and powerful at the same time.

Another highlight is 59 Degrees North (Norwegian Light) — a dancey anthem which sounds tailored for radio and perhaps an ideal single.

Other tracks cover a heavier guitar sound, and the result in an eclectic mix of genres all held together by Sharon’s sweet and soulful voice.

Gigs are on the far horizon at present, but more information on the southsider’s new tunes — including the chance to download them yourself — is available at www.sharonmartinmusic.com.