This week The Entertainment Engine podcast welcome’s — Grammy Award-Winning Artist, Songwriter & Producer — Skip Martin...
Best known for his tenure as a lead singer and trumpeter for two legendary groups, Kool & the Gang & The Dazz Band!
This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast show, we welcome our next guest to the show legendary singer-songwriter, producer and author — Skip Martin…
Skip Martin has also received an Honorary Degree of Doctor in Music, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Artists Music Guild, Certificates of Appreciation for his numerous tours to Iraq and Kuwait and is a Special Honorary Member of the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band. Skip is Goodwill Ambassador to both Kakegawa City and Okinawa in Japan.
This is the very first time a resident of a foreign country has received this honour in Okinawa.
As a testament to his skill and talent, Skip is also involved in all-star bands featuring the lead singers of top-selling bands performing as one band — from the classic rock era — Starship & Friends (Starship’s Mickey Thomas, Bobby Kimball formerly of Toto…), as well as Greatest, Hits on Earth Live (Peter Rivera formerly of Rare Earth, Alex Ligertwood formerly of Santana, The Romantics’ Wally Palmer, Steve Augeri formerly of Journey…) and from the funk era — Masters of Funk (ConFunkShun’s Michael Cooper, BarKays’ Larry Dodson…)
You probably cross paths with Skip on a regular basis and don’t even know it!
Aside from over 60 CD’s recorded, other highlights include Justin Timberlake’s sampling of The Dazz Band’s “Let It Whip” in a remix version of his 2003 hit “Cry Me a River,” this was also covered by Boyz II Men and SR-71 on The New Guy soundtrack.
Listen to the conversation we had with Skip, which was great fun and inspiring!
Film credits include:
“Jungle Boogie” in Pulp Fiction (1994); “Let It Whip” in Next Friday (2000), Pitch Perfect (2012) and Almost Christmas (2016) to name a few.
Video Game credits featuring “Let It Whip” in Grand The5 Auto: San Andreas.
Skip’s “Love Notes” CD features eclectic collaborations with 10-time Grammy Award winner Arturo Sandoval, 13-time Grammy Nominee Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra, Stefan Maier, lead violinist with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Rocco Prestia of Tower of Power & Balaguer Urbanistic!
Skip’s first children’s book, ‘Morgan The Clydesdale Pony’, inspired by Skip’s own experience at the Kentucky Derby, is an epic story about the dreams of a young Clydesdale pony hoping to race in the Derby.
The book promotes self-esteem, goal setting and never giving up on one’s dream.
“God Will Find You”, Skip’s newest and first Gospel CD is available now on iTunes and Amazon.com.
Other current projects include: “Skip Martin Presents Organic Neo” CD, co-writer on the track “You’re Da One For Me” for Tower of Power’s “Step Up” CD as well as recorded 2 songs on Spyro Gyra’s new CD ‘Vinyl Tap’.
Musicians Come Together with an Anthem of Hope:
Skip’s latest single — “People Get Ready” features an all-star lineup including; Stevie Wonder on harmonica, CeCe Peniston, Ray Parker Jr, Taylor Dayne, plus many more!
By Pete Moore — Seamless Entertainment