Heidi Martin and Samir Moulay: Mother Tongue

Vocalist and composer Heidi Martin began her career singing in church in her home city, Washington, D.C. A protégé of legendary drummer/vocalist Grady Tate, Martin flourished under his direction and soon introduced herself to the New York jazz scene in a rewarding showcase at Birdland. She went on to perform at famous New York haunts such as the Blue Note, the Knitting Factory, Zinc Bar (w/Ron Affif) and Metronome, among others. She also performed in D.C. area at Blues Alley and Twins Lounge, and in Philadelphia at Zanzibar Blue.

In March 2006, Martin was hand-picked to compete in the 2006 London International Jazz Vocal Competition (LIJC), where she placed as a finalist among some 107 competitors from over 25 nations. Her song Why Do I? made its film debut in REVOLUTION ’67, a documentary about the 1967 Newark riots by Emmy-nominated husband and wife team Jerome Bongiorno and Marylou Tibaldo Bongiorno.

Her latest CD, HIDE, features a blend of characters who lend their genius to the ‘lyric’ including: on tabla Badal Roy, on harmonica Gregoire Maret, bassist Eric Revis, drummer Dana Murray, pianists Orrin Evans and James Hurt on organ, percussionist Kahlil Kwame Bell, guitarist Thor Madsen, and horn players Sherman Irby, Vincent Gardner and Sean Edmonds. All About Jazz praised the recording: “…Primarily a lyrics-oriented recording, employing the sparest (and most tasteful) accompaniment as a vehicle for her words and images. Lyrically, Hide is a humidly anxious recording peppered with piquant, frank sensual/sexual/spiritual imagery …a breezy stroll through the Civil Rights movement at a level deeper than the mere political.”

D.C. native Samir Moulay is a sought after guitarist currently making waves in jazz music. After spending 8 years in L.A., Samir has returned home to focus on his own music, a blend of Jazz, Blues, R&B, and Funk. He brings an international flair that easily transcends genres. Constantly perfecting his craft, Samir is currently working on his eagerly awaited first CD. With his interfusion of jazz and funk, Samir has several songwriting credits under his belt with N’Dambi, Macy Gray, and Hidden Beach recording artist Keite Young. Samir is able to tap into emotions that transcend the power of music and has been recognized with accolades by the music community.

Samir Moulay has toured with many names, most notably Macy Gray and Natalie Cole. During his tenure with Natalie Cole, he had the opportunity to work with John Patitucci, Lewis Nash and numerous symphony Orchestras across the U.S. playing arrangements of Jazz Standards that her father, Nat King Cole, made popular. Samir has been featured at the North Sea Jazz Festival, The Blue Note (Tokyo), and on Good Morning America and The View. He has also worked with Kim Burrell, Frank McComb, Mike Phillips, and Sheila E. among countless others. Through these collaborations, Samir has developed genuine, personal relationships that have cultivated his perception of music and encouraged him to step out on his own.



  1. Sandra Parker says:

    Wow. What a soulful voice. I’m a fan just by this song.

  2. Z. Barber says:

    haven’t heard a voice so true in a long while. timeless song. she should be on the radio RIGHT NOW.

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