Debut album released as Kurt aims for big time

Kurt Martinez at Rock City
Kurt Martinez at Rock City

A TALENTED musician who grew up in Hucknall is celebrating the long-awaited release of his debut album.

‘The Idiot’s Guide To Breaking Hearts’ by well-known singer-songwriter Kurt Martinez is now available for download on iTunes and can be bought in CD format from The Music Exchange in Nottingham.

The release is the next big step in the career of Kurt, who earlier this year made it through to the prestigious final of the Future Sounds Of Nottingham competition.

He beat off more than 100 other hopefuls to gain a berth for a showdown gig with five other hopefuls in front of a thronged crowd of 500 at Rock City in Nottingham.

Sadly, he didn’t win the top prize of a place on the bill at the Nottingham Splendour music festival at Wollaton Hall, which featured the likes of The Scissor Sisters and Blondie.

But the performance boosted his profile and attracted rave reviews.

There has been a similar reception to his latest single, ‘Please Don’t Stay Away’, which is from the 11-track new album and has received regular airplay on BBC radio stations across the Midlands and a mention in the music bible ‘NME’ magazine.

Also featured on the album is a duet with Hucknall singer Sianna Perry, a former winner of the Che’X’ Factor singing competition at Hucknall’s Chequers pub.

Continuing the local connections, the album has been mastered by Robert Huskinson at Stable House Studios, Annesley Woodhouse.

Next up for Kurt, who now lives in Mansfield, is a headline slot at the Oxjam event at The Maze in Nottingham and then a tour planned for next summer.

OUR PHOTO shows Kurt on the main stage at Rock City (PHOTO BY: Riot Photography).