Martha Redbone, composer/vocalist

Martha Redbone is a vocalist/songwriter/composer/educator. She is known for her music gumbo of folk, blues and gospel from her childhood in coal country Harlan County, Kentucky infused with the eclectic grit of pre-gentrified New York City. Inheriting the powerful vocal range of her gospel-singing African American father and the resilient spirit of her mother’s southeastern Cherokee/Choctaw culture and heritage, Redbone broadens the boundaries of American Roots music. With songs and storytelling that share her life experience as an Afro-Native American woman and mother navigating in the new millennium, Redbone gives voice to issues of social justice, connecting cultures, and celebrating the human spirit. Her latest album “The Garden of Love-Songs of William Blake” is “a brilliant collision of cultures” (New Yorker).

Redbone’s works are under her own indie label, a partnership she shares with longtime collaborator/husband Aaron Whitby. Recent composer commissions include “A Mother’s Love”- 2021 Freshgrass Music Festival Bluegrass Concerto, “Black Mountain Calling”- a chamber music piece for cello and bass clarinet with Dave Eggars and Tasha Caterina Warren-Yehudi for 2022 University of Michigan “Jazz meets Classical” concert series, and Composers for the upcoming Broadway revival of “For Colored Girls..” a choreopoem by the late Ntozake Shange, scheduled for premiere April 2022. As 2020 Drama Desk Award and 2020 Audelco Award recipients for Outstanding Composer in a Play for “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuff”, at the Public Theater, other works include “Bone Hill: The Concert”, a multidisciplinary theatrical concert touring nationally and “Black Mountain Women”, currently in development at The Public Theater in NYC. Martha is also a 2022 United States Artist Fellow. Martha is based in Brooklyn, NY and lives with her husband, their 13 yr old son Zach and their COVID puppy Maggie. Visit martharedbone.com