Kristen Martell

Kristen Martell is a singer/songwriter from Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. Intimate and laid back, Kristen shares a little part of herself with every performance.  Inspired by nature and a journey for inner peace, Kristen's sun dappled sound reminds the listener to slow down and enjoy the moment. Either solo or with a band, her evocative voice, thought-provoking lyrics, catchy rhythms and dreamy guitar riffs are reflective and inspirational.  Reminiscent of Sarah Harmer and Kathleen Edwards, her songs speak of love, loss and the human relationship with nature. 

Originally from Northern New Brunswick, Kristen was born into a musical family and learned to love music at an early age from her multi-instrumentalist Grandfather. She never forgot his early encouragement as she went on to learn piano, trombone, and fiddle.  Eventually she found her way to the acoustic guitar, the instrument which held the key to finding her voice. She began writing songs as a form of meditation, allowing her to tap into her subconscious and fully understand and express her emotions. “This form of connection is what I thrive for.” she explains. “Music fills the spaces where words fall short.”

Kristen spent her early adult years on the local singer/songwriter circuit, but eventually life got in the way. With a full time career as an environmental scientist and two kids, her music faded into the background of her life. For 10 years she dedicated herself to her responsibilities, but always felt something was missing. Her deep urge to share her music finally reemerged in 2018 in a huge burst of creativity and inspiration. Calling it her “comeback”, she is releasing a debut album in 2020, and continuing to express her gift to the world.