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MARTINA JAMAICA'S NEW SINGING SENSATION
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Subtle, but saucy. That's the best summary that newcomer Martina says snuggly describes her as an individual. The talented singer, who gained some attention in dancehall circles when she teamed up with Mad Anju on Best Baby Father, says if she had done things differently, a career in cosmetology would've been her calling card.

I was more into music while attending high school. I wanted to become a cosmetologist, and I chose to do nails. I did it for a while, but music was really into my genes', Martina revealed. With more than forty recordings under her belt to date, Martina who recently teamed up with the 357 Records imprint is set to soar with a serving of tasty delicacies which are waiting to be unleashed onto the unsuspecting music fan.

Born Debbie Doyles, Martina lived between Kingston and St. Catherine. She attended the Edith Dalton James Comprehensive High school before deciding in 1997 that singing was what she wanted to pursue as a career. She began doing background harmonies for one time top flight dancehall toaster now turned gospel deejay, Papa San. Sometime after, she met up with Mad Anju (known for his chart topping single Wah Dis Fada) who later would introduce her to Nuborn Thugs who were working on a session. From then on, there was no looking back.
Martina teamed up with Mad Anju on the radio hit Best Baby Father. "We were like a team and we did a lot of shows together to promote the song. However we grew apart and I wanted to do my own thing", said Martina. Some of her recordings include Private Dancer on Rohan 'Snow Cone' Fuller's Applause rhythm; On the Beach with Idonia on the Bomb a Drop rhythm (357 Records); Inna Di Centre (Scoobay rhythm for 357 Records); and Gangster Don't Play with Beenie Man (Deseca Productions).
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A former Tastee Talent contest entrant, Martina also participated in the Irie FM Big Break competition (where she placed in the Top 5), and the Miss Extremes Talent Contest (which was promoted by Corporate Image Limited).

Martina has recorded songs with a few of the heavyweights in the music industry. Among them are Arif Cooper for Fresh Ear Productions, Rohan 'Snow Cone' Fuller, Kings of Kings, Fras Productions and Beres Hammond's Harmony House label. Her latest recordings include songs for Buju Banton's Gargamel Music, Cash Flow Productions and 357 Records (forthcoming releases on the Tyrant and Disturbance rhythms).
Her major performances include Valton 'VC' Craigie's album launch, the International Reggae Day stage show, JFM Awards 2004, Champions in Action and Stars in Action.

Mary J Blige, India Arie, Alicia Keys, Beenie Man, Chevelle Franklin, Beres Hammond and Diana King are listed among Martina's musical influences.

MANAGEMENT
Mario Campbell (Mario C)
357 Records
Kingston, Jamaica
TEL: 876-849-9701


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