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Will Martin, Performing on the World’s Stage

Will Martin is 'world famous on the Shore' and certainly a huge talent internationally as well! At the age of 26, the entertainer has enjoyed a singing career that’s seen him perform in prestigious venues such as Wembley Stadium and the Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as winning the $10,000 AIMES Award prize for Music in 2010. Will is performing in a special concert on August 17th at the Bruce Mason Centre - in honour of his singing mentor Janice Webb.  Will answered a few questions for Channel about his career, the upcoming concert and what he does in his spare time.

Courtney Bennett: What’s the best part about singing as a career?
Will Martin:
The challenge of knowing what to sing, when, and how. If you get that combo right, then you’ll likely bring a lot of happiness to a lot of people.

CB: Describe what your style of music is in your own words…
WM:
I’m an entertainer first and foremost, performing everything from musical theatre, through popular classical, to contemporary favourites.  Whatever the audience wants to hear is what I sing, capped off with a full orchestra accompanying me whenever possible.

CB: You’re coming back to Auckland this month for a concert, tell us about that?
WM:
On Sunday 17th August, the country’s greatest voices are coming together to perform Opera, Musical Theatre and popular repertoire, in honour of our singing mentor Janice Webb.  A showcase of her most successful students, combining for a once-in-a-lifetime event, right here on the North Shore.

CB: Tell us about your singing teacher Janice Webb, how has she assisted you throughout your career?
WM:
I had my first singing lesson with Jan when I was 14 years old.  Through my teens, she taught me the fundamentals of singing, and the importance of doing justice to the music and lyrics you’re presenting.  On top of the obvious training, she has been and still remains to this day, my close friend and confidante.  She is an invaluable support.

CB: Do you have a mentor you look to for advice?
WM:
I’ve had several mentors over recent years.  I cannot speak highly enough of having someone that you can bounce ideas off, and receive constructive guidance from.  The right person can be hugely inspiring.

CB: What has been your favourite moment in your career so far?
WM:
Singing at the final of the Rugby World Cup in Auckland was the highest honour for a Kiwi vocalist, and one that will reside in my career highlights for a very long time.

CB: Favourite place you’ve visited and why?
WM:
Antarctica – it’s everything you imagine it to be, and more, especially the quietude.  You never really know what serenity is until you go somewhere completely unpopulated.

CB: You’ve played at The Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Stadium, what's the most memorable venue you have performed at?
WM:
Most recently, I was invited to headline an arena tour in Switzerland.  It was a Christmas themed production across Swiss cities, performing to audiences of over 8,000 Europeans at a time.  It was an incredible experience to be part of such a massive undertaking, in the midst of a real wintery Christmas.

CB: What do you do in your spare time?
WM:
Cook.  I pop down to the local market or delicatessen, buy things, make things, then eat!

CB: If I wasn’t singing for a career, I would be….
WM:
Still working as a waiter.  I loved working in hospitality, and being a part of patrons’ dining experiences.  Maybe I’d have my own restaurant by now. That’s still a definite dream for the future.

Sing, the Reunion Concert features Will, Lisa Chappell and Tim Beverage, at Bruce Mason Centre on Sunday 17th August.  Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.


by Courtney Bennett

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