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 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 ten recordings, Wonders Never Cease- 1991, Love Has A Voice- 1993, They That Wait- 1997, For The Ages- 1999, All The Days- 2001, Christmas- 2002, Bring Down The Thunder- 2004, Big Bad Daddy- 2006, South Of The Parish Line- 2011, and the brand new Creole Soul-2013, his first 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. Gregg and his band, the Delta Kings, are available to perform at selected venues and festivals.
THE DELTA KINGS
Larry Max- Guitar, vocals. Larry – originally from Richmond, VA- was touring with a band through south Louisiana and decided to make it his home. He’s been here ever since. He joined forces with Gregg in the mid eighties and it was Larry who introduced Gregg to the music business folks that would lead to the Donald Trump casinos and the seven figure recording contract. They have reunited in 2011 after 25 years.
Shawn Faulk- Drums – Shawn began playing drums with Gregg in 1985, and after two years, remained in the Philadelphia/Atlantic City area and freelanced with many of the great headliners in the casino market. Originally from Kaplan, LA, Shawn is back home. An outstanding drummer - once you see and hear him play, you won't soon gorget him
Steve Grisaffe- Bass- Steve is a renowned musician, having played with Trace Adkins, Kenny Rogers, and River Road. A great vocalist in his own right, he was lead vocalist for River Road, with videos and appearances nationwide. From New Iberia, LA.
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.
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. He is from Marksville, LA