Toronto’s Martha and the Muffins stormed onto the scene in 1980 with their international new wave hit “Echo Beach” (Single of the Year at the JUNOs). Embracing more of a dance-pop style and re-naming themselves M+M, they enjoyed Top 30 hits “Black Stations/White Stations” and “Song in My Head” in the mid-1980s. Lead singer Martha Johnson released a JUNO-winning children’s album in 1997 and has just come out with her first (adult) solo album, Solo One. Sadly, in 2001, Martha was diagnosed with Parkinson disease and is no doubt a supporter of the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Don’t expect Solo One to be a continuation of the preppy sounds of M+M; this is more of a jazz-folk, introspective singer-songwriter type of record, and very impressive at that. The songwriting is first-rate, and the music is arguably more consistently good than albums recorded under her band. You will also hear some sweet guitar-playing.
Solo One on iTunes Martha Johnson’s Official Website
Some of you lovers of “alternative” rock may remember a JUNO-nominated Winnipeg band in the 90s called The Watchmen. They scored three gold albums and In the Trees was a platinum-seller. Their success enabled them to open for The Tragically Hip. Many credit the band’s success to the songwriting prowess of their bassist, Newfoundland-born Ken Tizzard. After The Watchmen disbanded in 2003, The Tizz began working on various projects, first teaming up with Big Wreck’s Ian Thornley and then releasing some solo albums. Kenneth’s latest project is The Goodness of Bad Intent Vol. II which you can check out on iTunes HERE. Do visit his Official Website where you can listen to his music, view some videos, and track him down on Facebook and Twitter.