Veteran producer-singer-songwriter MANDI MARTIN has made a career out of making, and breaking, records. But not the kind you listen to.
The former Columbia, RCA and Epic recording artist -- who produced and sold her first record in the early 1960s when she was still in high school -- just happens to be the reigning Guinness World Record holder at pinball endurance. (MARTIN was indoctrinated to the game in the early '70s by some of its most avid players: Waylon Jennings, Tom Pall Glaser, and Tennessee deejay Captain Midnight, who would face off in the wee hours of the night between writing and recording sessions while she was a staff songwriter for ABC Music Publishing (MCA) in Nashville.)
Her successes at pinball and in music have mirrored each other to the point MARTIN recently sat (10 of the last 12 years) on the Board of Governors of the Los Angeles Chapter of The Recording Academy, which annually bestows the prestigious GRAMMY® Awards. She has also served on the Board of Directors and been past president of LAWIM (Los Angeles Women in Music).
MARTIN began her professional music career in 1961 when, as a senior at Montebello (CA) High School, she wrote, produced, sang and sold the record "Picture of Love"/"Then You'll Know I Care" to American Records. While still a student, she graduated to singing background with industry giants Sam Cooke and Ricky Nelson.
Before the decade was over, she'd managed Tangerine Music Publishing for Ray Charles (who taught her how to engineer and honed her production skills) and, as an artist, had signed recording contracts with Candix, Columbia, RCA, and Epic.
In 1971, MARTIN landed on the country charts with her self-penned/self-produced "Nice Girl" on Prince Records. By this point in her musical career, the songstress' tunes had been published by some of the biggest names in Nashviille and L.A.: Pat Boone's Cooga Mooga Music, Al Gallico, April-Blackwood, Almo/Irving, and Criterion.
While under contract as the first signed staff songwriter for ABC Music (MCA) in Nashville, MARTIN relocated to Los Angeles in 1973, and began producing country, folk and R&B artists, including veteran Len Chandler, newcomer Oleta Adams, and award winning country musician Archie Francis.
MARTIN next began a 23-year association in 1974 with the Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase that saw her co-produce (with Showcase co-founders John Braheny and Len Chandler) 22 annual Songwriter Expos, the flagship event of the internationally renown organization. She worked as the associate editor of LASS' monthly Songwriters Musepaper trade publication during this time, and from 1978-79 served as president of the Organization of Women in Music.
In 1982 the multi-talented Miss MARTIN married the love of her life, pioneering holographer Jerry Fox. Thirteen years and one day after their wedding, he suddenly collapsed and died on June 28, 1995.
Since husband Jerry's passing, MARTIN has remained ever-active in the music community, whose members she credits with helping during her time of mourning. She was elected to the Los Angeles Chapter of The Recording Academy's Board of Governors in 1987. She served three 2-year terms, took two years off and was re-elected in 1995. She completed her fifth 2-year term in 1999.
From 1996-97, MARTIN managed and co-produced a six-piece Eagles-style band. In late 1997, she formed her own music publishing and production companies. In 1998, she re-focused on songwriting and producing, working wth country artists/writers Kate E. Oyler and Robin Bolden.
Recent studio projects include production work for Kate E. Oyler, John Beland, Robin Bolden, Michael McDonald, Deanna D'Amico, Joseph Bowman Scruggs, and the hard rock band Dead & Dreaming from Long Island. Mandi is currently co-producing (with Peter Barker) and managing the very talented Amy Kuney.
Please visit Mandi's MySpace page at: www.myspace.com/mandimartinmusic