Martha Davis presents an AMA award to Stevie Wonder.
Martha on awards ceremonies: “I’ve done a bit of that. It’s all kinda goofy to me. Obviously, you see the worth in receiving an award from your peers….that’s sweet and that’s nice, but music is so much its own reward. It’s like you’re so lucky to be doing it in the first place, and it’s so great what you do, to have awards on top of great music is overkill I think.” –m
I got a call from Giorgio… “Hey Martha, I would like you to sing on this song” and he sent over a cassette of “Take My Breath Away.” I don’t consider myself very A&R-ish but when I heard it I said, “damn, that’s a hit!” I went in and sang the song, but then, Terri ended up doing it and having it featured in Top Gun. There’s a big part of me that is glad that I didn’t do it because I’m a writer and I think I would have been known more for that song than any other. –m
On Total Control: “I wrote the lyrics to be sung as a punk version before one of the brothers (Jeff?) wrote the chord progression and I slowed down the lyrics to match the chords. That’s why that song is so cool….it’s full of rage but it’s beautiful.” –m
I’d like to think that one day war will be no more… that there will come a day when all the people of the world will live in peace… a day when we will all know true respect for one another and our precious planet. As we remember those we have lost, think hard about the possibility of living in a world without war, of living in peace, take a moment and try to imagine it… it would be the greatest gift we could give to those who have given everything. -m.
“It was a huge honor to be asked to do a duet with Sly Stone on Joan Armatrading’s classic “Love and Affection” for the Soul Man soundtrack in ‘86. Brought up in the Bay Area, I was a huge fan of Sly growing up. I didn’t feel worthy, but of course said yes! Unfortunately, we tracked the vocals at different times, so I never did get to meet him, but if he were ever open to perform together again, it would be an honor.” -m.
Awesome sentiment in this post we’re borrowing from the personal Facebook page of Martha Davis and The Motels manager, Greg Sims:
“What a privilege for me to represent one of the truly pioneering and great rock stars of the past several decades, but at heart really: singer/songwriter. That would be Martha Davis (and The Motels), and not only is her voice truly better than ever (all I hear is a chorus of “she sounds incredible”), but to have such great new music being created, as we speak, for the first new album in years, it’s all pretty awesome. New videos, new album with major distribution, a biography that will be a revelation. This past week’s concert was packed, amazing show, and great performance from opening band Pierce The Arrow- thanks to Brayden Pierce and Tom Sandoval and their band, and the talented Kristen Doute. Pretty smashing afterparty as well. All captured for airing on Vanderpump Rules later this season.”