A powerhouse band and vocals that shake the foundations

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On Thursday March 21, Samantha Martin and her great big band will grace the Legacy Centre stage after an extensive European tour.

Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar have been making waves in the last little while. In November 2018 her album “Run To Me” was nominated for four Maple Blues Awards. In January of 2019, the band was nominated for a JUNO for Blues Album of the Year. Just off a tour of Europe where she played to one sold-out venue after another, Martin is returning to her Alberta roots with a western tour.

“Run To Me” has received massive airplay in North America, reaching #2 on Earshot, #1 on Roots Music Report, and #1 on Stingray’s Blues channel radio charts. The album has also crossed overseas and managed to sneak into the UK Blues Radio Top 40 charts as well as receiving dozens of rave reviews.

With over 500 shows under their belt in the last four years, Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) has honored Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar with the certification “Road Gold.” CIMA certifies Canadian artists as “Road Gold” when they have sold over 25 thousand tickets to Canadian fans over a 12-month period.

The album is a massive step forward for both Martin and Delta Sugar. Over the course of the project’s 10 tracks, the album explores the full range of the vicissitudes of love: desire, betrayal and, at times, emotional and sexual satisfaction. As a collective, the songs reflect remarkable growth on Martin’s part as a songwriter. The lyrics are incisive, the melodies are constantly arresting, and the harmonies and arrangements call up the best of soul and the blues.

Martin is the lead singer, songwriter and focal point of the group. A dynamic front woman, she possesses a stunning voice that is capable of summoning up tidal waves of spine-tingling emotion in one instance while delicately bringing out the nuances of a gut wrenching lyric in the next.

A torrid force of nature, night after night she takes audiences to emotional peaks while leaving them stunned with her sheer pin-you-against-the-wall power.

While Martin is a powerhouse unto herself, the vocal alchemy of Delta Sugar is not the work of a single talent. In combination with what she likes to term her “co-vocalists,” Sherie Marshall and Mwansa Mwansa, the vocal blend Delta Sugar produces is pure, unadulterated gospel-tinged, neuron-tingling magic where the sum is even richer than the already soul-melting parts.

Opening for this big band are Slave Lake’s own Tanner and Kadi, who will warm your heart.

You will also get a special sneak preview of the Stage North 2019-20 lineup which includes a cool variety of fabulous musicians.

Show starts at 7:30, Thursday March 21 at the Legacy Centre. There will be desserts for purchase and as always, your favourite local Dog Island Beer plus other drinks provided by the Slave Lake Elks. Tickets at REMAX, the Rotary Library, The Source and online at www.stagenorth.org.

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