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
"I will always remember your beautiful singing, it gave me goose bumps, very powerful!!" — Margaret Erhardt
" 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
"Diane, you have the kind of voice that gives you chills when you hear it... wonderful to hear you!" — Melanie C.
"Your voice is absolutely stunning. When I heard Ave Maria, your voice brought me to goose bumps and I still have them!" — Kathryn Johnson
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. From first contact, I'll provide helpful advice and music options designed within each individual's budget and vision. All of the planning information you need to select your musicians, including music samples, song lists, client reviews, space requirements and price estimates, is available instantly on my web site. 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. From wedding ceremony music, cocktail jazz duo, dinner music, swing combos, to eight-piece variety band to Dickens-style costumed Christmas carolers, I am passionate about my performances and special events. I'll make certain that Diane Martinson Music, Inc. will make your special event shine!
"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
"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
"Again, thank you so much for being the vocalist at our ceremony; it was simply beautiful and really moved us!" — Sharon D.
"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
"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
"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
Diane is a full time professional vocalist coordinating her live entertainment for special events in the Twin Cities. She performs as a soloist and with her core group of musicians providing both contemporary and classical music. Popular styles include jazz, swing, Big band, vintage 1930's to year 2000 variety music. After a long part time and alternating full time career as a professional singer and touring theater performer over 2 decades, she formed her own live music business- Diane Martinson Music, Inc. in 2000 as her official full-time musical passion and occupation. Her thriving music business has proven to be a wonderful vehicle for her talent, having provided live music for over 475 events through out the Twin Cities metro and western Wisconsin area. Diane is also hired to sing at concerts, church services, recording studio projects, live performance back-up singing, and theatrical shows. She is lead vocalist and band leader for her Martinson Jazz & Swing Combos, Elevation Swing & Variety Band, vocalist / director of Diane Martinson Wedding Musicians and A Caroling Company holiday singers. Diane manages a collaborative of professional musicians that she has worked with over many years and together they provide terrific live music for corporate events, wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, private parties, and special occasions such as concerts in the park.
Diane also writes and publishes music, and is a member of ASCAP. She co-wrote The Apache Wedding Blessing Song for voice, piano and strings with partner J.J. Saecker along with other original wedding, holiday and jazz music.
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 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.