Singer and actress Sally Martin has won accolades from New York, Washington, DC and Baltimore media critics. The Washington Post hailed her first CD as “extraordinary” and called her “wonderfully controlled singing both dreamy and wise.” She also won plaudits from The Washington Post for her portrayal of Marlene Dietrich in the Horizons Theatre production of "In Good Company: Sexual Icons."
Her latest album, "Another Time, Another Place," was released in September 2007, and was showcased with a CD release concert and reception at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The Washington Area Music Association nominated it for best jazz album of the year.
That album caught the attention of Rich Warren, host of WFMT Chicago’s famed “Midnight Special” and the prestigious “Folkstage” live radio concert series. Ms. Martin was the featured performer on Folkstage in December 2008. In liner notes for the album, acclaimed writer and lyricist Judith Viorst wrote, "Whether she is addressing us as an elegant French chanteuse, a doomed Irish lad, or a besotted romantic, Sally brings to her music a rueful recognition of life's tough realities and sweet possibilities, its inevitable disappointments and head-spinning joys."
In New York, Ms. Martin has headlined at Don't Tell Mama's and Danny's Skylight Room, appeared as Sabine in Bill Bruehl’s “The Guesthouse of the Holy Ghost” for the New York's Dramatists' Guild, and performed solo concerts at Federal Hall, Green Auditorium, and T.R. Roosevelt's Birthplace.
In Washington, DC, her venues have included the Kennedy Center for the Arts, the Music Center at Strathmore, the French and German Embassies, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Capital Fringe Festival 2009, the Arts Club of Washington, the Lyceum, and was chosen as the inaugural artist for the first presentation at Washington, DC’s newest performing arts space, the Atlas Theatre. A regularly featured artist at the “In Series”, Ms. Martin has also appeared at the Tivoli Theatre, the Czech Embassy, the Belgian Ambassador’s residence, Lisner Auditorium, and numerous hotels and clubs. She has appeared as guest soloist with the Alexandria Symphony, performing French songs of the Belle Époque.
Three times she has sold out performances as part of the Corcoran Gallery of Art concert series. Her appearance with Washington Opera tenor Byron Jones in “A Parisian Valentine” was such a hit, the French Embassy invited the duo for a reprise performance at the Maison Française.
In Baltimore, she starred in Baltimore's Everyman Theatre’s sold-out run of "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris." She has also performed multiple shows at the Prince Theatre in Chestertown, Maryland and in Annapolis, Maryland. She has appeared twice at the historic Lyceum in Alexandria, VA, most recently for the Alexandria Performing Arts Association. Other credits include Le Néon French-American Theatre, Interact Theatre Company, Opera Americana, and the Signature Theatre Cabaret Series.
Ms. Martin studied voice with celebrated lieder singer Ilse Wolf of the Royal Academy of Music in London, England; Marie Gibson at Stanford University; Martha Randall at the University of Maryland; and Elizabeth Vrenios at American University. She also studied music in Vienna. Her vocal coaches have included Craig Carnelia, Richard Crittenden, Michael Warren, Shelly Markham, Dan Sticco, and James R. Fitzpatrick. She studied acting at Washington's Studio Theatre and privately with Catherine Flye, Lee Mikeska Gardner, and Holly Twyford. She is a member of Actors Equity.