Mia Martina Biography
Last updated: 07/19/2014 08:35:03 PM
Blame the lingering impact of Footloose, but small towns aren’t exactly known as bastions of dance music. When new stars do groove their way onto the floor, they’re usually big city club kids like Lady Gaga. But this rule has met its exception with Mia Martina.
The up-and-coming sensual voice fueled the accordion-inflected Platinum remix of “Stereo Love” and its Gold selling follow-up “Latin Moon”. Mia was born and raised in St. Ignace, New Brunswick a tiny French speaking village of Acadian roots on the east coast of Canada, population approximately five hundred.
Martina began singing while still knee-high and spent her childhood being driven back and forth to the closest “city,” Moncton, for music and voice lessons. “I wanted to be a star,” she laughs. But for a small-town girl, it seemed a pipe dream. “I pushed it to the side so I could find something else to do.” Fate had other plans. After high school, Martina headed off to Ottawa for university where the teenager happened upon an ad for an internship at a local label, CP Records, which was making a name for itself with Canadian artists Massari and hard-edged rapper Belly.
“Oh my god, yeah, it was totally different. I wasn’t use to the parties, the cars, the jewelry… It was totally different. I was out of my element,” says the singer who was then so quiet her bosses kidded that she was mute. “I never told them that I sang because I was shy. But after a year I finally got the guts. My passion was music, that’s what I’m good at, so maybe this was God saying this is my chance. I had to speak up.”
After impressing CP CEO Tony Sal, Martina went from delivering CDs to radio stations and office administration work to singing backup in the studio for other recording artists on the label. Success took awhile to arrive, but once it did, it took off. Dance music’s biggest record label, Ultra Records, was looking to remix a Euro hit by Edward Maya called “Stereo Love.” A series of serendipitous events, ended with the untested Martina getting the gig last summer. Within a couple weeks her vocal was recorded and released. It proceeded to blow the hell up.
“I was picking up my dry cleaning and was like, Oh my god, that’s me!” she recalls of hearing her voice for the first time on the radio. “I went into my car and I cried. It was so crazy. This was my dream since I was a little girl. I come from such a small place, those things just don’t happen. It was a very surreal experience for me. It still feels surreal.”
Her first ever show was in Miami in front of six thousand people. “I felt like I was in another world. The fans loved it and it was so amazing to see that. That was my rush.” A hundred shows followed, as did a platinum plaque for “Stereo Love.” The song went top ten on the Canadian pop charts while ruling radio, topped the US dance charts, was nominated for a Juno Award (Canadian equivalent of the Grammy’s) and a MuchMusic Video Award for “most watched video” and, thanks to a Don Omar remix, became a favourite in Latin communities throughout the Americas.
The trilingual singer followed with “Latin Moon”. The song became such a success in Canada that Mia Decided to do both a French and Spanish version of the song for its perspective markets. Mia’s debut album “Devotion”, released in Canada, in August has created such a buzz that even countries such as Germany, France, Romania, Poland, Austria, Turkey, Greece have licensed the album set for release very soon.
“It took me three years to complete it,” Martina says proudly. “Every song on there has emotions, so it really captivates you. I wanted to make an album where any age group can enjoy it. It’s not too hard, not too soft—it’s perfect.