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john Arthur martinez: Already a rising Americana artist when he took Charlie Robison’s advice to audition for TV’s “Nashville Star,” john Arthur martinez wound up beating Miranda Lambert for second place. A recording contract and Grand Ole Opry debut followed, along with appearances internationally on stages shared with artists including Elton John, Dwight Yoakam, Jack Ingram, Asleep at the Wheel, Texas Tornados and Keith Urban. But his heart remains in Texas, where he honed his chops at Cheatham Street Warehouse while earning his degree in English and broadcast journalism (his lowercased letters pay homage to poet e.e. cummings; the uppercase “A” acknowledges the middle name he’s used since attending a John-filled kindergarten class). Martinez’s desire to nurture music education in his Marble Falls community led to the creation of FiestaJAM.

  • Grammy-recognized songwriter for "Seguro Que Hell Yes" recorded by Flaco Jimenez and Raul Malo
  • Texas Music Awards Entertainer of the Year
  • Texas Music Awards Song of the Year (twice)
  • Switzerland's Little Nashville Favorite Artist
  • Crystal Award of Excellence (bilingual jingle)
  • Silver Microphone (bilingual PSA)
  • Marble Falls High School Disco Dance Champion


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