Grammy award winning Skip Martin, lead vocalist, trumpet player, songwriter and producer has entertained millions of people around the world as a former lead vocalist for Kool & the Gang and as lead vocalist for The Dazz Band, (which won them a GRAMMY Award for the song “Let It Whip”).
His achievements include Platinum record recipient with Kool & the Gang, Platinum & Gold recipient with Dazz Band, MOBO Outstanding Achievement Award, R&B Song of the Year recipient, Six (6) consecutive Top 100 albums, Two (2) Top 100 singles.
Mr. Martin has also received an Honorary Degree of Doctor in Music, Lifetime Achievement Award from the African American Music Association, Living Legend Award from the Black Music Academy, Two (2) Black Music Awards as Best Jazz Musician & Instrumentalist, 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.
His tenor voice has a warm eclectic style developed through the years under the guise of maestro Stevie Wonder. Skip lists Miles Davis, Sammy Davis and Donny Hathaway as major influences on his musical development.
Skip’s love of jazz started at the age of eleven, and was enhanced when he won “Outstanding Trumpet Soloist” at the Monterey Jazz Festival whilst in high school. His first solo jazz CD, ‘Miles High’ features Ronnie Laws, Wayman Tisdale, Al McKay, Rickey Lawson and Bruce Conte.His current jazz CD ‘Formal Dining’ features Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyro.
Skip is also involved in three 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, Survivor’s Jimi Jamison and Toto’s Bobby Kimball ...) as well as Rock & Pop Masters (Orleans’ Larry Hoppen, Santana’s Alex Ligertwood and Romantics’ Wally Palmer...) and from the funk era - Masters of Funk (ConFunkshun’s Michael Cooper, BarKays’ Larry Dodson, Ohio Player’s Sugarfoot...) to name a few.