Welcome to our circus…
Just as one might imagine a circus to be — upbeat, unexpected, accomplished, and exciting— Martin Family Circus aims to bring that same joy to every audience with their heartwarming and lively “music that makes you smile!” This self-contained, vocal-driven melodic band of 2 parents and 4 kids packs a punch, combining their rich harmonies in a soaring blend that Rolling Stone magazine dubbed “exuberant.” Representing four generations of musical heritage, Martin Family Circus delivers soulful family harmonies, steeped in traditional roots.
Fueled by a mutual passion for many genres and longing for a fun, family-friendly musical experience for their kids, Paul and Jamie began singing together in 2010 with their four children: March (19), Kell (16), Texas (11), and Tallant (10). They quickly realized that the kids all showed an uncanny ability to hear harmonies and pitch, and also proficiency for playing instruments. They began performing together as a family, and were soon dubbed Martin Family Circus by Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill, playfully teasing with them about their growing number of kids and the craziness that goes hand-in-hand with a large family.
So where did it all begin? Grammy Award-winning artist Paul Martin, lead singer/guitarist of country-pop group Exile, met and married Jamie Allen, daughter of Duane Allen of Country Music Hall of Fame members, The Oak Ridge Boys. Growing up, their four children were exposed to 4-generations of rich musical heritage, and they watched as each child showed God-given musical talents. Regional performances began to boom, leading to appearances on national television shows like The Oak Ridge Boys’ American Legion Christmas Special, The Marty Stuart Show, Country’s Family Reunion, Gaither Homecoming, and Larry’s Country Diner. Additionally, they have performed concerts at the US Library of Congress, the Country Music Cruise, the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, and at fairs, festivals, and performing arts centers across the eastern US. The musical family has performed the National Anthem for major sporting events, including the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, and San Antonio Spurs. Most recently, they were invited by the First Lady to perform at The White House. After a rousing performance of “Elvira” to a packed house for the Oak Ridge Boys’ induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Billboard Magazine praised them for “singing to the rafters,” getting a crowd of seasoned performers and music industry folks to their feet.
“Ours is a real family, and we knew there was an unpredictable nature to working with our kids. But they were just crazy with passion, truly breathing through the music we were creating.” … “There was no other answer than for us to do this with them.”
– Paul Martin
The Martin Family Circus’ newest CD project, Past, Present, Future, includes classic hits that inspired them to sing, current favorites that are inspiring them now, and some brand-new self-penned material that they hope will inspire a new generation.