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Martin Terefe announces debut album, The Involuntary Gardner

By | Published on Friday 31 January 2020

Martin Terefe

After 25 years producing recordings for the likes of Jason Mraz, Mary J Blige, Mike Posner, Cat Stevens, Luis Fonsi and KT Tunstall, last year Martin Terefe released his debut single as an artist in his own right, ‘Some Advice For The Kids’. Now he’s announced that his first album, ‘The Involuntary Gardner’, will arrive in April.

“A lot of the music was written years ago, but I’ve always made excuses for not
finishing it, like ‘I have too much to do’ or ‘This year isn’t good because…'”, he says of the album. “And it’s comforting to return to that place of success and acclaim whenever the alternative is tougher. For years, I helped others to get past their procrastination and their insecurities, but I wasn’t ready to do it for myself!”

It was actually Terefe’s original plan to be a musician, signing his first publishing deal while still a teenager. But when his band split before releasing any material, he quickly found himself working as a producer instead. “I discovered I was good at making things, and writing with others”, he says. “But I think I’m best at finding ways of getting to the core. What I’m most attracted to is the vocal and the lyric, so I was driven to simplify my own music whilst trying to create interesting sonic landscapes”.

‘The Involuntary Gardner’ will be released on 24 Apr, and will be accompanied by a film of the same name. Terefe will perform the album as the soundtrack to that film at the Southbank Centre in London on 10 May.

Watch the video for the album’s title track now: