Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Martin Briley

The Salt In My Tears

Martin Briley is a British singer, guitarist and keyboardist. He has recorded with and written for a variety of well-known musicians, as well as releasing three solo albums in his own right.
Briley began playing and writing music when he was ten years old. At the age of seventeen, he and his band "Mandrake Paddlesteamer" (later shortened to Mandrake) signed their first record deal with Parlophone/EMI, and subsequently recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

Briley was later signed to George Martin's AIR group of companies and went on to become an important part of the London studio scene as an arranger, vocalist and sought-after session guitarist. He also had a brief stint with the British art rock band Greenslade.

Briley moved to New York, where he found work as a touring and session musician for numerous artists, including Meat Loaf, Julian Lennon, Bonnie Tyler, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Engelbert Humperdinck, Lulu, Mick Jones, Donna Summer, Cliff Richards, Olivia Newton-John, the Hollies, Tom Jones and Albert Hammond.

Briley signed a deal with Mercury Records as a solo artist, releasing three self-written albums. Of his solo work, the above single "Salt in My Tears" is probably the best known and a classic example of MTV in the 80's replete with video vixens, and 80’s fashion. This song is firmly placed in the classic pop rock genre from the 80’s and received heavy play rotation on the radio and MTV.

Briley has received orchestral commissions, and has written songs for such artists as CĂ©line Dion, *NSYNC, Dream, Michael Bolton, Kenny Loggins, Pat Benatar, Jessica Andrews, 5-Star, Jeff Healey, Rebecca St. James, Nana Mouskouri, Willie Nile, Gregg Allman, and Barry Manilow.

Fear Of The Unknown (1980)
One Night With A Stranger (1981) ( includes the hit single "The Salt In My Tears" )
Dangerous Moments (1982)

Martin Briley's official website

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