About Joseph M. Martin
Joseph Martin, a native of North Carolina, earned his bachelor of music degree in piano performance at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Subsequently he earned a master of music degree in piano performance at the University of Texas, Austin. Joe taught for five years in the Piano Pedagogy Department of the University of Texas.
He is a member of the staff of Shawnee Press, Inc. as Director of Sacred Publications, with responsibilities for overseeing the editorial and creative direction of the company and also coordinating the recording and production aspects of future sacred publishing efforts.Joe has performed solo piano recitals and has been the featured artist with symphony orchestras in the United States and Mexico. As winner of the Nina Plant Wideman Competition, he performed with the Guadalajara Symphony Orchestra. His solo recital in Ex-convento del Carman was broadcast nationally throughout the country. He continues to perform in concert, although now he is devoting his efforts to playing in churches and for conferences of church musicians.
His first solo piano recording, American Tapestry, released by GlorySound, a division of Shawnee Press, Inc., was nominated for a Dove Award. His other albums Songs of the Journey, Celtic Tapestry and A Christmas Tapestry have been enormously popular in the sacred and secular markets.
Recognized throughout the United States for his many choral compositions, both sacred and secular, Joe's music is published by Shawnee Press; GlorySound and Harold Flammer Music, sacred divisions of Shawnee Press, Inc.; and Mark Foster Music as well as by other publishers. Over 750 compositions are currently in print and the list continues to grow.
Along with Mark Hayes and David Angerman, Joe has co-authored a fully graded, progressive piano method for the Christian student called Keys for the Kingdom. His major works include 12 choral cantatas and Song of Wisdom, a choral tone poem based on the best-selling children's book, "Old Turtle." His music can be heard in such diverse locations as Carnegie Hall in New York City; the Mel Tillis Theatre in Branson, Missouri; and in hundreds of worship services in churches across the United States and Canada. He continues to surprise audiences with the variety and scope of his compositions and arrangements.
Joseph lives in Austin, Texas with his children Jonathan and Aubrey and his wife, Sue.