Diane Martinson - Vocalist and Bands Special events singer for weddings and parties in Minneapolis, MN
Diane Martinson -Special Events Vocalist
Diane Martinson - Vocalist and Bands Special events singer for weddings and parties in Minneapolis, MN
Diane Martinson -Special Events Vocalist- Minneapolis, MN
Diane Martinson - Singer for hire: Private Parties * Weddings * House Concerts * Dance Receptions *Jazz Bands * Memorial Soloist * Christmas Music

Vocal Music Styles: Adult contemporary, 40's Jazz & Swing, Big band, Pop, Motown, Classical, Art Songs, Cabaret, Inspirational, Broadway, Rock, Country, Christmas holiday, R & B, Lounge...

Vocalist Diane Martinson grew up in the Twin Cities, studied theater arts / vocal music at the U of M, and earned vocal scholarships to study classical and jazz at MacPhail Center for Music. Diane has professional experience singing a variety of music styles as a soloist, theatrical performer, and band leader. She is a full time musician / business owner coordinating her DianeMusic.com live music services for weddings, parties, and special occasions. Diane incorporated her entertainment company in 2001 and coordinates a collective of 30 accompanying musicians. Her music is highly recommended by many area wedding and event planners.

Diane believes in the transformative universal power of music, and performs with her favorite quote in mind -
"Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A Song makes you feel a thought" — E.Y. Harburg

client review "I will always remember your beautiful singing, it gave me goose bumps, very powerful!!" — Margaret Erhardt

" client review What a wonderful singer you are and how wonderful it was to listen to you. It was exactly the music we had hoped to have. Your voice is mesmerizing. Thanks again — Josh and Nancy B. Winkelman

client review "Diane, you have the kind of voice that gives you chills when you hear it... wonderful to hear you!" — Melanie C.

client review "Your voice is absolutely stunning. When I heard Ave Maria, your voice brought me to goose bumps and I still have them!" — Kathryn Johnson

Contact Diane to check a date and more info

Diane Martinson
Music Samples
play music sample Get Happy
play music sample The Prayer
play music sample Don't Know Why
play music sample Come What May (Moulin Rouge)
play music sample Ave Maria
play music sample You Got What It Takes

For many more audio samples see these pages: Wedding Ceremony, Swing Jazz Band, Jazz Duo

Feels Like Home
watch Feels Like Home video

Lullaby (a vocalise)
watch Lullaby video

Diane Martinson - Minneapolis singer for hire

Diane Martinson Music, Inc:
My clients tell me they really appreciate the energized atmosphere that my live music brings to a reception, it adds romance to a wedding ceremony, and is a lively backdrop during a cocktail/ dinner party. I am the customers first contact, coordinator and musician, so I am able to see to it that every event is handled professionally from start to finish. I am passionate about my performances and special events. I'll make certain that Diane Martinson Music, Inc. will make your special event shine!

client review "Diane, The song You Raise Me Up really did bring tears to my eyes. I have had many complements on the music." — Sincerely, Vickie Radle

client review "Diane,You have one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard. The Prayer song and One Hand One Heart were beyond beautiful!" — Linda M. Koenig

client review "Again, thank you so much for being the vocalist at our ceremony; it was simply beautiful and really moved us!" — Sharon D.

Diane Martinson's Music Options:

  • Jazz Duo - Background music with vocalist Diane, piano accompanist J.J. Saecker (portable piano /sound system)
  • Jazz Trio or Quartet - Vocalist Diane, Pianist, and Light Drums, Quartet adds Upright Bass, provides background cocktail / dinner music and dancing music
  • Diane Martinson Jazz & Swing Bands - (Quintet or 6 piece) great Sinatra Rat Pack style dance reception music or listening entertainment
  • Elevation Swing & Variety Band - (6 to 8 pieces) large variety of multi-decade party dance music for all generations.
  • Wedding Ceremony Soloist - portable sound PA., accompanying pianist available.
  • A Caroling Company - Dickens style costumed singing quartet. Holiday songs and / or traditional carols
  • Christmas holiday jazz - Background holiday music by Diane's Jazz duo, trio, or quartet. Portable equipment
  • Music for a variety of settings; - Soloist or Back-up singer for hire at nightclub dates, inspirational special music for church services and ceremonial functions, recording and songwriting projects etc.
  • Memorial music services, and baptism, dedications, comfort.
    To inquire about availability or repertoire please visit the individual web pages from the piano links above, and then contact Diane Martinson. I welcome special requests from all styles of music!

client review "Thank you for doing an outstanding performance. Everyone loved your cocktail / dinner music. You will be highly recommended. I would be happy to recommend you to anyone" — Phoebe Srinivasan

client review "We thought the music was fabulous. It turned out even better than we imagined! We would be glad to be a reference for you." — Teri and Steve Pullen, bride & groom

client review "I've worked with Diane for over a decade now. She is not only a great vocalist but a consummate all-around professional. She takes such care to see that her clients are well-taken care of as well as the musicians she hires and performs with. You can't go wrong hiring (or listening to) Diane!" —Jeff Perry, musician

Artist Profile - Diane Martinson - vocalist / music business owner:

Diane Martinson grew up mainly in the Minneapolis area, with a few middle school years spent in the south eastern U.S. As a child she sang in the church choirs, studied several musical instruments, played in the school bands /orchestras, trained in theater arts and dance, and began singing professionally as a teenager. At 13 she performed in professional Children's theater productions and at 17 she had her first professional singing job with an 18 piece big band. She continued studying theater arts and vocal music at the University of Minnesota, appearing in main stage shows, the U of M Showboat summer musical productions, and in the Symphonic choir. She was awarded a scholarship to study musical theater, and vocal jazz at the MacPhail Center for music where she was tutored by Ellen Rosewall and local jazz musician Vicky Mountain. She has been featured in many national theater and music productions. Out state performances locations include The Medora Musical, N.D., Springfield Little Theater, MO.,Tampa Children's Theater, Perseverance Theater, Juneau Alaska, and Local productions include shows with the Northstar Opera Company, Minnesota Musical Theater Workshop, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, the State Theater, Opera Cabaret, 3 years with the Dale Warland Symphonic Choir, and tours in musical productions with Minneapolis based, Troupe America Inc.

Diane Martinson - Minneapolis vocalist

Diane enjoys being involved in a number of music endeavors including singing with other local musicians, she's added back-up vocals for studio and live performances for other musical acts, performed annually at First Avenue night club on Good Friday's for 17 years singing the role of Mary Magdalene in the popular rock concert production of J.C. Superstar, and as a featured singer in the annual local concert Chelsea Hotel: A Tribute To Leonard Cohen's music.

Diane is known for her beautiful clear tone, versatility and heartfelt performances. Music has always been a joyful, healing force in Diane's life, she sings with genuine emotion and prefers to focus on positive, meaningful music. She revels in music's ability to unite people and create a positive atmosphere with a lasting impression.

Q & A with Diane Martinson

What do you do in the music industry?
I am a full-time freelance vocalist, and owner /director of Diane Martinson Music, Inc.(DMMI). I provide my vocal talent along with professional musicians for entertainment at special events. I have a wonderful piano accompanist and songwriting partner, J.J. Saecker, who has been with me for over 15 years, together we lead the bands, and write and arrange special music for all of the DMMI groups.
How did you get started in Music?
I got my start in singing at age of 4 in the Mount Olivet church choir. I started performing professionally as a teenager. I was contacted after a musical show I performed in, and asked to sing with my first Big Band at age 17 at the old Bloomington Radisson South hotel. I went on studying musical theater, classical and jazz vocal music, and acquired a working knowledge of a variety of music performance styles from some terrific musicians.
What style of music is your favorite?
That's tricky, because I feel drawn to a wide variety of music. I enjoy performing Ave Maria as much as I love singing a cabaret torch song, or an R & B tune, and many styles in between. In fact I can't make up my mind as to what my favorite music to sing is! I do know that I feel my best when I have shared a real connection with people through music. I am passionate about giving my all to each performance.
What motivated you to start your company?
I had always wanted to be a full-time musician, eventually the stars aligned, and I incorporated my full-time music company in 2002. After college and touring in musical productions for several years, I worked part-time as a singer/actress, with a day job in Special Ed. classrooms. After I was "moved" from my school jobs for the 4th time due to their lack of funding, that was then the push I needed to move on to a full time vocalist /business owner. I realized my goal a few years earlier that I previously planned.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I am most impressed with music's ability to communicate feelings, it heals, teaches, transforms, and simply make people happy. It's wonderful to have a company where I get to sing the styles of music that I love, and share the experience with a lot of wonderful people that I meet. I also have a great team of professional musicians that I work with, to be sure, I feel very blessed.
Who are your musical influences?
I love singers who are good musical story tellers and emotionally draw their audience in. That applies to a lot of varied music styles! So my influences are all over the map- Lea Salonga, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah McLachlan, Peggy Lee, Diane Schuur, Keeley Smith, Linda Eder, Sarah Brightman, Barbra Streisand, Mahalia Jackson, Janis Segal (Manhattan Transfer), Sandy Patti, Jane Monheit, Martina McBride, Jennifer Hudson, Karen Carpenter, Susan Boyle, Kristin Chenoweth... Do I need to narrow it down? I think I could list as many male singers too! Other musicians with a great influence on my work are mentor - local musician Carol Murray, and my partner/ pianist J.J.  Saecker, we create all kinds of wonderful music!