Singer-songwriter makes his music-video debut

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THE debut music video of singer-songwriter Kurt Martinez, who grew up in Hucknall, has now been released online.

The video, ‘Please Don’t Stay Away’, was directed by Daniel Broadley, who has worked with the likes of Esmee Denters, Deaf Havana and One Direction’s tour support, Matt Lonsdale.

It was filmed on location in Plymouth and sees Kurt paying homage to the eighties while poking fun at the seriousness of some of today’s music videos.

Last year Kurt celebrated the long-awaited release of his debut album, ‘The Idiot’s Guide To Breaking Hearts’, which became available for downloading on iTunes and can be bought in CD format from the Music Exchange in Nottingham.

Earlier in 2011, Kurt made it through to the prestigious final of the Future Sounds Of Nottingham. He beat off more than 100 hopefuls to gain a berth for a showdown gig with five other entrants in front of a crowd of 500 at Rock City in Nottingham.

Although Kurt did not win the top prize of a place on the bill at the Nottingham Splendour Music Festival at Wollaton Hall, his performance received rave reviews.

There was a similar reception to ‘Please Don’t Stay Away’, which was given regular airplay on BBC radio stations across the Midlands and was also publicised in the high-profile ‘NME’ magazine.

The album which included the number also featured a duet in which Kurt sang with Hucknall vocalist Sianna Perry, an ex-winner of the Che’X’ Factor singing competition at the Chequers pub on High Street, Hucknall.

Kurt previously took part in a masterclass at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

The video can be found online at www.kurtmartinez.co.uk With the single due for release this autumn, the video has also been accepted to the playlists of several music channels featured on both Sky and Virgin.

n OUR PHOTO shows Kurt in action in the video