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Singing For The Good Times

by Martha High

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    Pay your dues to the undisputed funky diva:
    Miss Martha High!
    Here is at her best!
    Don't miss the chance to buy this a-m-a-z-i-n-g record and you'll add to your collection a truly gem.

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    Martha High, who sang on stage with James Brown for 30 years and was his longest-running female vocalist, is stepping back into the spotlight for a new solo album.

    Martha HighSinging For The Good Times will be released on 22 April June on Blind Faith Records. The lead track from the album is 'Lovelight,' for which the radio impact date is 10 March. It's a welcome solo flight for High, now 71, who tours the world regularly as the lead singer with the band of Maceo Parker, another longtime acolyte of the Godfather of Soul.

    High's credentials as one of Brown's most trusted allies, and as part of his historic contribution to the history of soul music are unimpeachable. She was with him and the JBs at their celebrated concert at the Boston Garden in April 1968 james-brown-boston-1968on the night after Martin Luther King's assassination, when Brown prevented further rioting with his sheer stage presence and positive message.

    Martha was also by JB's side at such famous occasions as his courageous trip to Vietnam to entertain the American troops, and at the Rumble In The Jungle concert in Zaire, attended by 60,000 people, ahead of the George Foreman – Muhammad Ali fight of the same name in Kinshasa.

    james-brown-payback-label-45-masterBrown rarely used other solo voices in his prolific recorded output, with the exception of Bobby Byrd, but High sings on the 1968 live recording of 'There Was A Time' featured on the Star Time box set. She's the striking vocalist at the beginning of his 1974 US R&B No. 1 'The Payback,' and appears on the 1976 hit 'Body Heat.'

    Singing For The Good Times, recorded completely in analog for added authenticity, contains 11 original tracks, written, produced and arranged by Italian soul man Luca Sapio and his crew.

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James Brown! Who doesn't know about the Godfather of Soul?

A key member of James Brown's inner circle on many of his most famous live performances is one of his most enduring and trusted female vocalists, and one of the best kept secrets in soul music: Miss Martha High.

She appears on his celebrated 1968 live performance of ‘There Was a Time’ and sings the unforgettable soprano note at the beginning of the 1974 US R’n’B ‘The Payback’ and his 1976 UK hit ‘Body Heat’ to names just a couple and remained by his side for over thirty years, singing at some of his most significant concerts.

She was with him and the JB's at the famous Boston Garden gig in 1968, the night after Martin Luther King's assassination, she was also right by his side when James flew through the dangerous Vietnam sky to entertain the US troops. Not to mention with The Godfather of Soul in Zaire, celebrating and performing at the legendary ‘Rumble in The Jungle’ event, attended by over 60,000 people.

Martha was a true friend, confidant and supporter of The Godfather of Soul, but she was just too young and shy to overtakethe other soul divas and take the centre stage.

Today is a different picture! Miss Martha High is one of the hardest working women in music, regularly touring worldwide at the tender age of 71, as a lead singer of Maceo Parker's band. Now after years of deliberation, she has finally recorded the album she always wanted to make. ‘Singing For The Good Times’ consists of eleven killer original tunes produced and arranged by Luca Sapio, the Italian soul ambassador, in the only way this music should be recorded, completely in analog.

The songs evoke the best sounds of the southern soul golden era, combined with the sonic landscapes of the Italian soundtracks of the 60s. Infused together the two styles create a funk/soul masterpiece, showcasing one of the undisputed hidden treasures of soul, Miss High.

After years behind the scenes, it is now her time to be centre stage and achieve the recognition she so deserves.

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released April 22, 2016

Produced and mixed by Luca Sapio at Blind Faith Studios Roma
Mastered by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Studio L.A.

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