A star has risen. Christopher Martin, the talented singer from Back Pasture, St. Catherine who shot to instant fame shortly after winning the coveted Digicel Rising Stars title in 2005, is fast becoming one of the most sought after performers on the Jamaican music landscape. With a slate of singles permeating radio and the Jamaican music charts including Giving It and Jamaican Girls, Martin created history when he became the first Digicel Rising Stars alumni to score a hit single on any chart inJamaica. “It has been a wonderful journey so far, filled with new and promising encounters. It is also challenging but I love what I am doing, so it makes that much easier,” Martin remarked.Martin’s professional and personal growth has been evident ever since he was thrust onto the scene in 2005.
Martin was born on Valentine’s Day in 1987 to parents Cleveland and Maxine Martin. He attended the Watermount All-Age School and later St.Jago High School. It was during his high school years that his love for the dramatic arts and sports developed. An active student, Martin participated in various sporting activities including football as well as the school’s drama festival, where he was given an award for best actor in 2003 – which was his graduating year. That same year Martin was named Mr. St. Jago High and he also earned a prize for being Most Talented. A recipient of numerous awards for singing throughout his high school years, Christopher also won a gold medal in the Jamaica National Skills Competition in 2005.
From his debut single Love is all We Need to subsequent releases like: Conscience, My Love for You,Take My Wings and Cheaters Prayer Martin has proven to the world that he is an ever shining star. He has worked with a number of top producers in the reggae/dancehall arena includingRobert Livingston (Big Yard), Arif Cooper, Shane Brown and Christopher Birch and has performed at numerous events acrossJamaica and internationally. One of his major accomplishments in 2006 was signing a contract with Blue Cross of Jamaica to be a company spokesperson. A Business Management and Accounting major at theUniversity ofTechnology inJamaica, Martin says his biggest inspiration came from his parents.
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