Jeff Martin was raised in Windsor, Ontario and started playing the guitar at age 8. He formed his first band at age 11 and decided, then and there, that this is what he wanted to do with his life. In high school he was challenged by an older student to learn a blues-inspired Led Zeppelin song which inspired his father, a blues fan, and turned him on to the blues standards. Jeff caught on quickly and could frequently be found jamming with professional bands from the Windsor/Detroit area while still in his teens. During his teens he was also given a copy of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s album and his imagination was captured by the instrumentation of Within You Without You. Jeff developed a fascination with Eastern tunings and instruments, a preoccupation he later indulged with great success as a member of the seminal Canadian band, The Tea Party.
As lead vocalist/guitarist of The Tea Party he released eight albums: The infamously hard to find self-titled independent release (1991), their platinum selling major label debut Splendor Solis (1993), followed by The Edges of Twilight (1995), The Alhambra EP (1996), Transmission (1997), Triptych (1999), The Interzone Mantras (2001), and their last release, Seven Circles (2004). Finding success in their native Canada as well as Australia and Germany, The Tea Party managed to garner opening slots for Page & Plant in 1996 as well as put on a Symphony Tour in 2002 before breaking up in 2005 over creative differences.
With a wealth of material Jeff released his first solo effort Exile and the Kingdom in 2005. Live releases followed in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, Martin formed rock trio The Armada and released one self-titled effort. In 2011, Jeff released The Ground Cries Out with a new band line-up.
Jeff is also a producer. In addition to producing or co-producing all of The Tea Party’s albums he has worked with artists such as Tenth Planet and Hundred Mile House and has recorded with David Usher, Conjure One and Todd Kerns.
The Tea Party reunited in 2011 and have toured in Canada and Australia. A new studio release is expected sometime in 2013.