Charlie Traveler Presents Shaun Martin and Mark Lettieri (of Snarky Puppy) at SOL Bar at New Mountain AVL on Thursday, November 3rd.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and are on sale now.
Shaun Martin Music:
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.(Saint Augustine) Yes, Shaun Martin has a natural gift that has been evident since he began playing drums in church at the age of 4. Yes, his mother had the vision to arrange piano instruction from Carolyn Campbell and guide him on his path. Yes, he has several Grammys from his work with Kirk Franklin and the gospel powerhouse Gods Property and yes, he has a Grammy that crowns his many years with jazz fusion phenomenon Snarky Puppy. But you will not find this information in discussion with this gently powerful man because he wears none of this on his sleeve.
Shaun Martin has been playing, creating, and collaborating for most of his life, yet his contributions go much further than just playing. When you move through the projects that Shaun has been a part of you can feel his style and influence; you can sense his presence throughout the compositions. Shauns willingness and ability to be a subtle part of each band has allowed him to be part of the very foundation.
Seven years ago Shaun began a project of his own. A story of his life, a contribution to the world of music from his eyes (and ears). In demand by many, Shaun took his time with the album as the story expanded to include a wider range of experience. And so, on July 7th 2015, Mr. Martin presented to the world SEVEN SUMMERS - a big chapter in the history of the great Shaun Martin. Seven Years. Seven Summers.
ARTISTS: Kirk Franklin, Snarky Puppy, Erykah Badu, Chaka Kahn, Fred Hammond, Gods Property, Kim Burrell, Yolanda Adams, Timberland, The Weekend, Tamela Mann
GRAMMY AWARDS: Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album (Hero) Best Gospel Album (Hello Fear) Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album (Fight Of My Life) Best R & B Performance (Snarky Puppy & Lalah Hathaway)
PRODUCTION CREDITS: Mamas Gun (Erykah Badu) Gurus Jazzamatazz Streetsoul (Erykah Badu, Guru) Hero (Kirk Franklin) Fight Of My Life (Kirk Franklin) Hello Fear (Kirk Franklin) Here Right Now (Tasha Page- Lockhart) Fast Forward (The Walls Group) I Will Trust (Fred Hammond) United Tenors- (Fred Hammond, Dave Hollister, Eric Roberson, Bryan Courtney-Wilson) Take Me To The King (Tamela Mann)
Mark Lettieri Music:
Mark Lettieri is a guitarist, composer and producer based in Fort Worth, TX. Proficient in a multitude of styles, he records and performs in virtually every genre of popular music with both independent and major-label artists. He also composes and produces original instrumental music under his own name.
Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, Lettieri came to Texas via Texas Christian University (TCU), studying advertising and public relations, and competing in track and field. A passionate guitarist since middle school, he began his music career in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area upon graduating from TCU.
Playing in the vibrant Metroplex gospel and R&B scene led Lettieri to join jazz/world group Snarky Puppy in 2008. The now two-time GRAMMY Award-winning band tours and records constantly, having performed on all continents except Antarctica.
Aside from Snarky Puppy, Lettieri has spent time on the road with neo-soul icon Erykah Badu, gospel singer/actress Tamela Mann, and American Idol: Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips. He's also performed with a myriad of other artists, including Anthony Evans, Chrisette Michele, Myron Butler, N'dambi, Bilal, and even Pat Boone.
An in-demand session guitarist, recent work includes David Crosby, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Adam Levine, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Lalah Hathaway, Eric Roberson, Lecrae, Lupe Fiasco, Keyshia Cole, Xzibit, as well as numerous radio and television jingles. Lettieri is also a member of Team SKP, a production collective led by GRAMMY Award-winning producer Symbolyc One (Kanye West, Beyonce).
Since 2010, he has been a member of the house band for the Marcus & Joni Show, a morning talk/variety show broadcast in 200 countries on Daystar, a Christian cable network.
As a composer/bandleader, Lettieri has released three albums, Knows in 2011, Futurefun in 2013, and most recently, Spark and Echo in 2016 (Ropeadope Records). Through tours with Snarky Puppy and social media network shares, these records have created a sizable buzz among fans of instrumental music worldwide. He performs frequently in a trio setting featuring a revolving rhythm section of world-class Dallas musicians, and has begun touring this music in the U.S. and Europe.