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Stephen Martines Interview By Preshias Harris for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

A ’12-Pack’ with singer/songwriter Stephen Martines

By Preshias Harris for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Stephen Martines shared his thoughtful answers to my twelve ‘off-the-wall’ questions in this edition of “12 Pack With…” First, some background on Stephen and his unique career.

Stephen Martines is certainly a gifted singer and songwriter, but he is much more besides. He grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, where he excelled as a soccer player, even being drafted into the Major League Soccer league for the Kansas City Wizards. After serving in the United States Air Force for two years and a successful stint as a nationally-recognized model, he moved to Los Angeles in 1998 and began a career in television as a regular on shows like General Hospital and The Guiding Light – eventually branching out into prime-time television with roles on The Closer, Vampire Diaries and Burn Notice, among others.

Moving to Nashville, he became a songwriter in the Warner-Chappell stable. This contact gave him the opportunity to write and hone his craft with mega-talents like Jon Nite, Ross Copperman, Jay Brunswick, Nicole Gallyon, Josh Hoge, Josh Dunne and Brandon Ray, just to name a few. Now a recording artist, Stephen released his first single in 2017.

Following his second single, “Just Like a Kiss” (co-penned by country superstar Brett Young) and his summer, 2018 release, “Sounds Like Whiskey” (which held the No. 1 spot on The Iceman’s New Country Artist Chart five weeks running), Stephen and his band tore it up at the Country Smooth Fest in New Orleans alongside country music luminaries Hunter Hayes, Tyler Farr and Granger Smith. Stephen recently released the summer anthem, “Alright,” a breezy reminder to let everything go once in a while. Learn more about Stephen at: https://www.stephenmartinesmusic.com/

12 Pack” Responses – Stephen Martines
  1. If you were to be left on a deserted island for one year and you could pick three people to be there with you (living, dead, or fictional) and couldn’t pick any member of your family, whom would you pick?
Frank Sinatra for his sheer musicality, Benjamin Franklin for his intelligence and Leonardo da Vinci for his profound creativity.
  1. If you could change one thing in history, what would you change?

The existence of Adolph Hitler on this planet. The fundamental cruelty attached to his egocentrism and malignant nationalism, visited upon millions, was the deepest cut humanity has ever had to endure. 

  1. You have just found out there is such a thing as reincarnation and you get to pick what animal (nonhuman) you would be in your next life, what would you be?
Definitely a cheetah – they run incredibly fast and get to bask in the sun all day when not hunting. They suck at playing guitar thought, so…
  1. Your house is on fire – all your family, children and pets are saved. By the trick of fate you are told you can run in and get one item to carry out, what will you save from the flames?
A photo album containing pictures of my family when I was young. Looking at them is an immediate and poignant reminder of where I came from, and always re-centers me.
  1. If you go take a time machine back in time what musical event would you would send yourself?
Simple: Garth Brooks’ 1997 concert(s) in Dublin, Ireland. His electric showmanship (no other way to put it), the incredible music he was playing from his album Fresh Horses and upcoming Sevens, and the pure adoration and acceptance by the Irish fans is and was unparalleled.
  1. Which one of superman’s powers would you like to have?
You mean besides having the ability to fly..?! Okay, maybe his “Change out of a suit and into his cool Superman costume – in a phone booth, in the blink-of-an-eye – and somehow dispose of the clothing he shed without a trace” superpower would be cool. (Still can’t figure out why he wore his underwear on the outside of his tights, though.)
  1. Disregarding the financial aspects, if you could be given credit for writing one song that has already been written, what would be your song?
Oh, man… Who wouldn’t want to be known for being the mind and soul that created “My Way” from the ether?
  1. If the whole world and everything in it had to be painted one color and you got to pick the color, what color would you choose?
Yellow. It’s the color of hope, optimism and happiness. I’d want the world to be constantly infused with these emotions – as an opposing force to the harsh reality of the abject existence thrust upon billions of people who fight gravity every day on this planet.
  1. Who is your favorite fictional or cartoon character?
I always thought “The Road Runner” was pretty cool… This guy was simply unflappable! No matter what Wile E. Coyote put in his way - or tried to drop on him, tried to hit him with – he’d just go about his life (at breakneck speed) in his own way, wary but undeterred. The character is a metaphor, in my view, for the proper approach to life.
  1. You have mysteriously been given the education and talent to do any job you wanted to, what will your occupation be?
I can’t imagine doing anything different than what I’m doing now – singing, recording, acting, performing. I’m at my happiest when I’m in this environment!
  1. If you would get a phone call from one person in the world right now, whom would you like to hear from?
Although he’s passed from this earth… my dad. Nuff said.
  1. If your life was a movie title - what would it be called?

The Sublime Gift of Eternal Struggle” 

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