Jamaican reggae crooner Christopher Martin released his much-anticipated U.S. debut EP Steppin Razor on April 21, 2015 and is currently in New York City to support the release. The 5-song digital-only EP balances sweetness, swagger and sex appeal and showcases Chris’s versatility and vocal excellence.
Martin has had a jam-packed week full of radio and press interviews to promote Steppin Razor. Yesterday (Tu. May 12), he also took over the YouTube Space New York production facility to shoot a series of videos from the EP for viral promotional use. Tonight (W. May 13), he will be performing at the Diaspora Appreciation event held by the Jamaica Tourist Board in conjunction with Norman Manley International Airport. The private affair, which will celebrate Caribbean culture, will take place at 404 NYC in Manhattan from 6:30pm-9:30pm.
When Christopher Martin returns to Jamaica, he is slated to shoot a music video for “I’m A Big Deal” featuring a few surprise cameos. “I’m A Big Deal” is currently receiving heavy radio rotation in his native country and is the second single off of Martin’s Steppin Razor EP (See Video).
Martin fires with formidable skill on each of Steppin Razor’s songs. The title track, produced by Frankie Music, isn’t the 1977 Peter Tosh classic (written by the late Joe Higgs, a mentor to Tosh and the legendary reggae group The Wailers) although it champions a kindred spirit of invincibility, in this case Martin’s unrivaled appeal to the ladies. The track is accompanied with a video, which is directed by Kurt Wright. The upbeat “We Are The Vibes” (produced by TJ Records) and the braggadocios single “I’m A Big Deal” (produced by Troy “Troyton” Hinds) get the party started. On the sultry “Secret Love (Creep)” (produced by ZJ Dymond), his passionate vocals bring a renewed urgency to this well worn and (he admits) somewhat self-centered plea. “Hide Away,” written and produced by the legendary Clive Hunt (whose credits include Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, Grace Jones, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff and VP Records’ Etana), is the first song Chris has recorded that he didn’t write. However he makes it all his own, incomparably delivering a swell of tender emotions over an irresistible, shuffling reggae beat. “Hide Away” is also featured on the soundtrack to the romantic drama Destiny, starring Chris as an aspiring singer attempting to navigate the music industry. The Jamaican film recently debuted in the South Florida market on May 8th and is currently playing at Regal Sawgrass 23 & IMAX Theater in Sunrise.
Born on Valentine’s Day in 1987 in Jamaica’s rural community of St.Catherine – Christopher Martin made his mark in 2005 when he won his native country’s top televised talent show competition Digicel Rising Stars. With his tremendous vocal prowess, soaring melodies and proven lyrical ability, he has consistently churned out hit after hit – including “Cheaters Prayer,” Change Me Plans,” Take My Wings,” “Giving It,” “I’ll Be Your Driver,” “Paper Loving,” “Chill Spot” and “Look on My Face” – on local and international reggae charts. Over the years, Martin has worked with reggae’s premier producers including Robert Livingston of Big Yard, ZJ Chrome of Chromes label, Shane Brown of Jukeboxx Recordings and Christopher Birch. He has a devoted fanbase in Japan, where he released his self-titled album in 2011 on the Rockers Island imprint. He has also toured North America and Europe, including an eight-nation tour with platinum selling German Reggae superstar Gentleman.
Track Listing Steppin Razor EP
1. Steppin Razor
2. I’m A Big Deal
3. We Are The Vibes
4. Secret Love (Creep)
5. Hide Away