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MARTIN LUTHER (McCoy) is back at Yoshi’s for one special night before he begins his new role this fall as the only featured vocalist with the incredible SFJazz Collective. Luther comes bearing gifts of his new music, a hard driving funk sound reminiscent of soul house parties where the music flows and good times roll. In keeping with the tradition of Luther's Rebel Soul Fest, this year's line up is one not to miss with an international inclusion of a very dynamic vocalist named MXO, the electrifying guitar wizardry of Marcus Machado and the Gospel according to G. Tre Harris.
Martin stays busy with theatre and film work, as well as collaborating with house and electronic music heavy weights like Rich Medina and bay area native Miguel Migs and has been featured on many hip hop projects from bay area favs like Too Short, Black-a-Licious and Kev Choice. Having withstood the test of time being one of the architects of the indie soul movement, Martin's career has taken him from international touring with The Roots to being featured in Chapelle's Block Party, starring in Across the Universe to setting stages on fire as the Musician in Suzan Lori Parks' play 'Father Comes Home from the Wars parts 1,2,3'.
"I've been blessed with a gift and I see art in everything so I use it to transmit feelings of hope or fear or defiance and love. Art is expression and there are so many ways to communicate so I am having fun exploring all forms."
He will debut his new music which includes a guest appearance from South Afrikan singer, MXO.
Not one for following the latest trends, MARTIN continues to compose on his acoustic guitar and often fleshes out his raw material with his dynamic live band.
“I find my purpose is not to join the fray of punchline laden-hook heavy-trap soul or recycled subject matter over a sticky sample beat, but to dig deeper and pull from what’s inside me. To connect with what makes sense in my spirit only enables me to connect with others who hunger to hear truth whether it be for success or failure in love or in life.
Never shy when it comes to speaking up for community and art programs, as lead singer for the multi media ensemble Moon Medicin, Martin Luther recently collaborated with Meshell Ndgeocello at New York’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He is currently writing a one man play which he plans to debut in fall of 2020.
"These are the times we have been waiting for. Creatively there are no limits to the types of music I can perform and technology allows for nonstop transmission of ideas that can connect to an ever growing global audience. There is nothing to wait for, now is the time to build bridges and create. I look forward to overcoming new challenges. I have multiple projects to release and I want to be empty when I die. I don't want to take any of it with me."
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