When your parents are folk legends and your older brother is an accomplished singer/songwriter, it seems only fitting to follow your family into the music industry. Martha Wainwright's musical career has always involved family. She's appeared on her mother's albums and toured with her brother, Rufus Wainwright. The song "Proserpina" was actually written by Martha's mother and Martha performs the track in a haunting and raw manner, letting her emotions come to the surface. The video is very avant-garde, but also quite simple, as it let's the dynamic performer sing the song with a range of intensity, which is truly captivating to watch.
Martha was born in New York City to musicians Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle. She and her brother Rufus were mainly raised in Montreal, though. While music was always present in her upbringing and she even occasionally performed alongside her parents, Martha initially shunned a future in music. She studied drama at Concordia University in Montreal, but before long, Martha was composing original material, playing music at the local clubs and cafes. She stopped going to school and headed to New York City where she steadily built a fan base. Martha released Ground Floor back in 1997 and even contributed a song to her mother and aunt's 1998 album, The McGarrigle Hour. She also toured with Rufus as a backing vocalist and musician. Martha put out a self-titled EP and the four-song Factory EP in 2002. The artist followed up with Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole, Martha Wainwright, I Know You Are Married But I've Got Feelings Too, and the Edith Piaf tribute, Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, A Paris, respectively. Her latest effort, Come Home To Mama, was produced during a very emotional time in Martha's life when she both became a mother and lost her own. This heartfelt performer has also contributed to albums by other artists and supported the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Van Morrison, Snow Patrol, Pete Townshend, and Sean Lennon. Martha has even branched out into film, performing onscreen in The Aviator and contributing two songs to the soundtrack of the independent film, P.S. starring Laura Linney. We love Martha's uncensored and inspirational music as well as her ability to capture an audience with her wrenching vocals.
Watch her video for "Proserpina" below before heading over to I AM THAT GIRL's YouTube channel. While you're there, don't forget to tune into our Music Mondays playlist, which is updated every week.
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