Martha Groves Perry is a singer-songwriter, entertainer, and multi-instrumentalist based in San Francisco, California. Her original music has a straightforward, compelling and sometimes edgy clarity with strong blues, southern rock, and experimental influences and a badass Americana flavor. Her penetrating lyrics, described by her producer, Kenny Schick, as “journaling in poetry,” reflect the fearless truth-telling and unbothered amusement of a seasoned, female point of view.

Some characterize Martha’s music as a cross between Tom Waits, early Gwen Stefani, and the Indigo Girls, and her vocals have been compared to Natalie Merchant. Martha captivates audiences during her endearing stage shows with thoughtful and hilarious stories alongside committed, engaging performances of her meaningful and substantive songs.

After fronting and songwriting for MapleDream, an all-female original band, Martha began her solo career with the release in 2016 of a 4-song EP of her original music titled Something Good. Her first full-length album of original music, These Hands, released on March 1, 2020 and features Martha on cello and acoustic guitar as well as lead and harmony vocals. Martha continues her keen collaboration with Nashville producer Kenny Schick for her new album, Call Out, which will release on Friday, April 21, 2023, followed by a celebration Album Release Show at Art Boutiki Music Hall in San Jose CA on Saturday, April 22, 2023 and a tour in the US midwest & southeast in May 2023 with her new rhythm section, The MGP Band, with Kevin Kriner on bass and Yuri Selukoff on drums.

Martha began her recording career as a cello soloist on classical, rock, and folk CDs by Michèle SharikBev Barnett & Greg Newlon, and Mira Wooten. She sang backup and toured with Bev and Greg in 2007-2009, then fronted the Soul Providers, a dance cover band until 2011, when Martha left the band to start MapleDream.

As a vocalist and cellist, she toured with Michelle Shocked, and has also performed with Tony LindsaySkip EdwardsJames NashJesse BrewsterRich ArmstrongCrystal Monee HallUriah Duffy, and Greg Tanner Harris. In addition to her instrumental work as a cello soloist, Martha plays piano, guitar, bass guitar, and percussion.

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NEW ALBUM releasing on Friday, April 21, 2023!

Martha Groves Perry performs “The Target” from her 2020 album THESE HANDS with The MGP Band at The Monkey House in Berkeley CA on December 10, 2022
Kevin Kriner, bass & Yuri Selukoff, drums
Martha Groves Perry performs “You Might” from her upcoming album, releasing in April 2023, with The MGP Band at The Monkey House in Berkeley CA on December 10, 2022
Kevin Kriner, bass & Yuri Selukoff, drums
Martha Groves Perry performs “Butterfly” from her 2020 Album THESE HANDS
at The Monkey House in Berkeley CA on December 10, 2022

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“A stellar artist”


The song “Butterfly” is a standout track on the album…. [it] showcases Martha’s moving and expressive songwriting and performance skills.

Sylvie Marie, IndieSpoonful.com

Throughout, we are treated to Martha Groves Perry’s clear, satisfying voice above a rich acoustic mix. What more could you ask for?

Ionas Finser, PleasePassTheIndie.com

“I thought The Target was very well written, the lyrics intelligent and your vocals, lovely.”

Bryon William Harris
President & Chief Recording Engineer
BWH Music Group