Martha Burks

Martha Burks
Martha Burks

Martha Burks has been in the entertainment business for over 20 years. She has been described as a poised vocalist and performer with a wide range of vocal versatility, class and charm. Martha, like most musicians, began her career in her hometown in Arkansas serving in the church. Along with her late brother, trumpet player Harry Burks, would often perform for neighbors and relatives. Little did they know of the fruit their efforts would bear. Martha has sung everything from gospel to pop to jazz and back again! She captivates her audience with a sparking personality to match her indisputable vocal skills. She can scat with the best of them invoking imagery of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday, Carmen McCrae. Not to mention the Anita Bakers and Diane Reeves of the world as well. True to form she is always Martha, a truly sophisticated lady. During the eighties Martha was introduced to Bill Craig, an avid jazz lover. He took a chance on her and made an investment into her future. He introduced her to jazz drummer, the late Paul Guerrero during her first recording in Little Rock with the legendary jazz pianist and vocalist Jay McShann. This as some of you would say, “was the beginning” and it’s still going strong.