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With an undeniable voice and an arsenal of powerful songs, Martha Wainwright is a beguiling performer and a refreshingly different force in music. Martha began building a buzz with her well-noted EPs, prior to her 2005 critically and commercially successful debut LP, ‘Martha Wainwright’. London’s Sunday Times included the song, “Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole” in their songs of the year and Rolling Stone called it “a blistering prelude to her debut album.”
In 2008, Martha followed with her sophomore album, ‘I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too’, which showed her great musical maturity and talent as a songwriter. In 2010 she toured the world promoting her third album, ‘San Fusils, Ni Souliers A Paris: Martha Wainwright’s Piaf Album’. This extraordinary album, an homage to the great Edith Piaf, was received with glowing reviews, leaving audiences stunned by Martha’s incredible range and talent. Her last album, ‘Come Home To Mama’, produced by Cibo Matto’s Yuka Honda, was heralded by Mojo Magazine as a “substantial and brilliantly sung career best.”
Martha’s latest album, ‘Goodnight City’ returns to the rawness of her first release and includes songs by Martha, as well as songs written by notable artists to highlight her incredible voice. These songs are written by her friends and other great songwriters such as Beth Orton, Glen Hansard, her brother Rufus Wainwright, Michael Ondaatje, and Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs.
‘Goodnight City’ was produced by Thomas Bartlett (Sufjan Stevens, Glen Hansard) and Brad Albetta (Angus and Julia Stone, Teddy Thompson) to create a poignant album that covers a dynamic spectrum in a fluid and cohesive manner. The album was recorded in Montreal, where Martha and her family have resided for the last couple of years. ‘Goodnight City’ is available now worldwide.
Martha was born in New York City to folk legends Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III. She is Rufus Wainwright’s sister and they often collaborate in shows and on records. Martha is also half-sister to Lucy Wainwright Roche and they recently made a record together, ‘Songs In The Dark’ to much acclaim including a JUNO nomination. Martha tours her music around the world to sold out audiences on several continents. She has spent time on the silver screen playing characters in Martin Scorsese’s “Aviator” and more recently in the HBO special “Olive Kitteridge” alongside Frances McDormand. Currently Martha is finishing up a book titled “Stories I Might Regret Telling You” which, like her songs, is a window into her life without artifice, pretension or fakery.
Stepping on deck aboard a boat in the middle of the North Atlantic — the first time she had been on the open sea — she found herself struggling for balance.
“I found it very quickly even though I’d never done this before,” she says. “It was a very familiar feeling: constantly finding my footing.”
Addie was en route to do a show — “right after I’d finally made a clean break from a time in my life that had a lot of unclean breaks” — and she found her rapid regaining of balance an apt metaphor.
So she started writing.
The resulting song — “Sea Legs” off her latest EP, “East of Leaving” — features a cameo by Martha Wainwright. It’s a rolling, lolling post-heartbreak shanty: “I got good sea legs from a year of trying to find my footing,” she sings in a voice that’s been oft compared to Dusty Springfield.
“Even Dusty Springfield’s name evoked the sound of her voice. I love the comparison.” If Brownlee’s voice is of the dust, the earth, then her lyrics are a hard rain. Eroding the surface of things, exposing feelings that aren’t easily expressed or classified, but so familiar it seems someone should have written these songs before.
Born in Kansas, Addie got her first taste of travel when she was 10, when her folks moved to East Tennessee. “I did learn from my parents not to stay put if it was time to go,” she says. “I think that specific move had a very profound impact on me. It taught me that no place is worth holding on to if means not having the next experience. It’s a lesson I continue to learn.”
The ease with which she learned to move took her to Chicago after college where, even though life was good, she ultimately decided to relocate again. In 2002 Addie made her latest move — to New York. “I knew it was time to come here,” she says.
The itinerant nowhereness of travel has proven fertile creative ground for Addie. “It’s a place of transition, a neither here nor there place,” she says. “I do tend to write a lot as I travel. I wrote ‘Sea Legs’ on a boat; the title of the album is ‘East of Leaving’.”
And yet with a voice so deeply rooted, she sounds intent on staying.