Sunday, July 6, 2008

Nancy Martinez

Nancy Martinez (born on August 26, 1960 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a former female freestyle\dance singer from the 80s.

As a child, Nancy studied classical piano and started singing during high school. She also worked at clubs & parties before becoming a background singer.
In 1982, she released her first single, "Can't Believe" under the name "Nancy Martin." It's unknown how the song charted, but it was moderately successful in Canada.
During that same year, Nancy released her second single, "I'm Gonna Get Your Love" under the name "Jade." Once again, the single was moderately successful in Canada.
In 1983, she released her first album, "Lay it Down" which featured her hit single, "So Excited." During that same year, Nancy was featured on the single, "Sunshine Reggae\La Vie En Rose" with her husband, Allen Harris.
In 1986, Nancy released the single, "For Tonight" which was first released in Canada, but once it was released in the United States, Atlantic Records had no problem signing her to the label.

The single peaked at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December of 1986, #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in October of 1986.
During that same year, Nancy released her second album, "Not the Girl Next Door" which peaked at #178 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The follow-up single from the album, "Move Out" peaked at #12 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in March of 1987 and #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
In 1987, Nancy released the single, "Can't Wait" which peaked at #17 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in February of 1988 and #15 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
In 1989, Nancy released her third album, "Unpredictable" which was released only in Canada. The album wasn't as successful as her previous one and she had pretty much faded into obscurity in the United States.
Once Nancy was back in her hometown of Canada, she released two French-language albums: a self-titled album in 1990 and "Porquoi Tu Pars?" in 1993. After releasing the albums, she focused on background studio work and appeared on various artists' songs such as Celine Dion and Aldo Nova.
In 1997, Nancy released her sixth album, "Bird's in the House." It's unknown how or if the album was successful.
After providing vocals on various artists' albums, Nancy released her seventh and first jazz album, "Downtown" in 2004. During that same year, she was featured on Canadian rapper, K-Maro's single, "Femme Like U."
In 2006, Nancy was featured on MC Mario's single, "Not Guilty." These days, she teaches music and voice lessons at the Le Cégep Marie Victorin. She continues to sing, especially at the Lac-Leamy Casino.

To see the music video for "For Tonight," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcZ4GuaDty4

To see a fan-made video for "Move Out," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBmJHaSDC6U

To see a fan-made video for "Can't Wait," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugQ-boNX4Bk

To see a fan-made video for "Can't Believe," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkyhomWWw6g

To see a fan-made video for "I'm Gonna Get Your Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-iIhatL-qU



[updated on 09\09\12]

1 comment:

danieruw said...

I'd just like to say that "Unpredictable" was not a Canada-only release. It was released in the USA on Vendetta/A&M Records. I bought a copy of it at a regular (non-import) music store in Baton Rouge, LA the week it was released.