Gregg Martinez—whose blend of blues, R&B and swamp pop music he describes as “bayou blues and Creole soul”—was born and raised and still lives in the Cajun country of south Louisiana—where he began singing in church at the age of eight. Ten years later, he was singing professionally. His powerhouse voice, which has been compared to Sam Cooke and Luther Vandross, took him from the bars and nightclubs of the bayou country to some of the finest resorts, casinos and clubs throughout the nation. He had an exclusive performing contract with Donald and Ivana Trump and a seven figure recording contract. By 1986, Gregg was on the brink of stardom in the music industry, yet like many great artists, somehow slipped through the cracks of the star maker machinery. The late Ed Bradley of TV’s 60 Minutes—upon seeing him perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2005—called Gregg Martinez one of America’s greatest hidden treasures. His talent is the stuff of legend and even after more than thirty-five years, Gregg is better than ever. He has performed throughout the U.S. and has toured South Africa, England, Wales, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Gregg has released eleven recordings, including the new release "Soul of the Bayou", his second on Louisiana Red Hot Records. His music is played on radio stations in the U.S. and abroad. Gregg has shared the stage with many notable artists including Stevie Wonder, Foreigner, BTO, Dobie Gray, Shirley Caesar, Percy Sledge, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Patti Labelle, and Bobby “Blue” Bland. He is also the former lead singer of the Boogie Kings, for which, as a member of that legendary group, he was selected into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2010. He wrote and recorded the title song for their final album, Never Go Away- 2007. He has twice been nominated for Best Male Vocalist by OFFBEAT Magazine - the only one outside of New Orleans to ever receive a nod in this category. He recently had the incredible honor of singing for the funeral of the great Percy Sledge. Gregg and his band, the Delta Kings, are available to perform at selected venues and festivals.
THE DELTA KINGS
Charles Ventre- Keyboards- Opelousas, LA - A true legend on the keys, a veteran of many groups including River Road and T K Hulin, Charles and Gregg were together in the Kingfish days of the 80's. Incredible on piano with a style all his own, and a superb vocalist as well.
Tim Courville- Drums – from New Iberia, LA - Tim has been playing with Gregg since he relocated back to Louisiana in 2006. A veteran of many groups including the Boogie Kings. One of south LA's most outstanding drummers.
Mike Pollard- Saxophone- Mike played on that great old Boogie Kings album "Montel Records Presents the Boogie Kings" back in 1965 when he was a teenager and hasn't stopped since. Another Hall of Famer, he is from Marksville, LA
Gregg Kingston- Guitar - Gregg is originally from New Orleans and is a seasoned veteran of the Louisiana music scene. He has played with numerous bands over the years and is very accomplished.
Sid Daigle- Bass - Another native of New Orleans, Sid recently settled down back in his hometown after decades as a touring musician. He is the most recent addition to the Delta Kings and is a tremendous asset and most welcome!