Jacob Martin’s relationship with music deepened at age 8 when he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Paralyzed from the waist down the Shriners Hospital provided critical care as Jacob battled this debilitating disease. While the Shriners helped him fight the physical battle he focused his emotional and mental energy on music. Lyrics from the Michael Card song Meditation / Baptism “ The deaf will hear, and the dumb will talk, The blind will see, and the lame will walk” played over and over in my head. It gave me the strength to physically pull myself up and begin to push through my recovery. Music has quite literally saved my life,” he professed.
Growing up in a small town and unable to participate in sports – Jacob spent his time developing musically. Jacob sang acapella, wrote lyrics and exposed himself to a variety of musical genre’s. As he continued to grow – he asked his mother, a singer and self taught guitar player, to teach him some chords so he could take it to the next level. Growing up in rural Iowa listening to Garth Brooks and Saywer Brown – it was a natural progression for young Jacob Martin to infuse country music into his personal style.
“I sang in church, won the 3rd grade talent show, played a lot of gigs . . . then rock n roll got ahold of me” says Martin. Once I saw U2’s Rattle & Hum at age 16 I officially decided that I wanted music to become my career. I started a band with my big brother and our father got into running live sound. My family was really supportive,” says Jacob.
In his early-twenties, Jacob was persuaded to move to larger markets to take his career to the next level. Jacob explains – “It’s been many years on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs! A lot of BAD motels, friends houses with make shift couch cushion beds, lots of heartbreaks . . . – you may ask why do I KEEP going? If I didn’t have the utter most passion for music and to see a dream through, I would’ve been “OUT” a long time ago.
In 2013 he released a limited edition EP, “Wraparound Porch,” which peaked at #42 on the Music Row chart after being released to national radio in January of 2013. The follow up EP, ‘Look At What You Started,’ released on October 21, 2014, with a debut iTunes country album chart position of #26 and #2 on the CMT Pure 12- pack & Sirius XM The Highway #OntheRise.
Jacobs quick success on the radio garnered attention from the likes of Keith Urban, Brantley Gilbert, Big and Rich, Kellie Pickler, Kyle Cook of Matchbox Twenty, Lee Brice, Thomas Rhett, and Dustin Lynch who offered Jacob opening slots on their tours.
Currently Jacob is ramping up for his first radio tour to promote the upcoming single “That Kinda Kiss.” While on the radio tour Jacob will be stopping on his days off at Shriners Hospitals for children facing situations like he did growing up. He will be meeting with them and showing them there is always hope and playing some music for them.
Jacob Martin is the spokesman and Ambassador of good will for the Americans Heroes United Foundation out of Washington, DC.
America’s Heroes United Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations committed to serving those struggling with PTSD and other injuries sustained while serving our country. By supporting organizations that focus on education, research, treatment and the development of a retreat center we can lower the tragic rate of suicide and addictions among not only our Military Heroes, but all heroes that risk their lives every day to serve our country.