“It’s hard to go up against the greatness of Dolly Parton, but Marta Pacek sounds like she’s on her way.” Chris Cobcroft, 4ZZZ FM Brisbane, AUS
“Marta’s songs are beautifully crafted and subtly orchestrated folk compositions of a rare quality” whisperinandhollerin.com
Marta Pacek, grew up on the outskirts of Australia’s capital Canberra before moving to Melbourne to focus on singing and songwriting.
She began her career writing and recording with Mark Seymour, front man of iconic Australian group Hunters & Collectors. With a handful of songs she had co-written with Seymour, Marta recorded her debut EP with Cameron McKenzie and Mark Seymour. She later went on to record a further 4 tracks with producer Danny Simcic (Real Life “Send Me An Angel”) and UK ex-pat Martin Van Hoof Jenkins to complete her self-titled full release.
In 2008, Marta was approached by Toronto-based management and found her way to Canada. Within a year, Marta was opening for her collaborator, Mark Seymour on his North American tour. Since then she has taken the time to hone her craft while touring throughout the U.S. and Canada.
In November 2010, Marta was awarded Best Alternative-Country song for her single “A Girl Gets By” at the Canberra Country Music Awards, She also won Best International Artist for her single “Loving Is Easy” at the New Music Fest in Barrie, Ontario.
She has graced the stages big and small, even opening for the Partridge Family’s David Cassidy in Phoenix, AZ as part of the Marriott Hotel Summer Music program.
During her European dates, Marta was approached by classical conductor Giancarrlo Urso and first violinist Maurizio Azzarello with an interest in writing orchestral arrangements of her compositions. Marta returned to Italy in December 2010 for a Christmas concert backed by the Gala Orchestra of Milan in the 18th century Teatro Di Sociale. This was recorded for a both a DVD and album release.
Marta’s intense and moody writing style has gained her attention in the film & television industry recently when her cover of Patty Griffin’s Nobody’s Crying was licensed for use in ABC’s popular television series Rookie Blue, seen by over 9 million viewers in the U.S., and millions more worldwide. She also wrote the song “In The Name Of Love”, licensed for Canadian Director Devaashish Khanna’s feature film Fondi 91.
In 2012 she released her second full-length album Rebel Baby, co-produced with Jason Mercer (Ani DiFranco & Ron Sexsmith) and emerging artist Peirson Ross. Rebel Baby features 27 world-class musicians including Canadian alt-country artist Justin Rutledge on backing vocals and Jerome Godboo (Phantoms) on harmonica.
For her new album, Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms, Marta worked with American producer Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson, Angus and Julia Stone). A slight departure from her alt-country leanings sees Albetta experimenting with electronic drumbeats behind her neo-folk compositions.
She will be bringing her music to fans across Australia, Europe, Canada and the U.S. throughout 2014 in Troubadoria, her live-in touring van.