Cover Art: Akil Manswell

If you fall, you get back up. Fair enough. But what do you do when you get back up only to fall again? For many years, British singer-songwriter Aidan Martin was tested by life’s trials and tribulations. Some self-inflicted, some circumstantial, now at age 30, Martin pens songs interlaced with personal experiences and life lessons learned along the way. Radically honest and emotionally heart-wrenching, painfully beautiful and genuinely soulful – this is stuff you simply can’t come up with unless you’ve really lived it.


Gaining over 30 million streams across a handful of independently released songs, Martin has earned top positions such as #4 in the UK Singer-Songwriter chart as well as spots on the UK reality-TV show Love Island and Spotify’s Top 50 Viral Chart in the UK and Ireland, garnering a growing loyal fan base in the hundred-thousands. Today, Martin makes his major label debut with “Good Things Take Time,” serving as the perfect introduction to the man and artist he has become.

“Do you know that feeling drowning underwater?“ he looks back at that dark period when “the hurt in my life / Always putting me back on my knees.” Over a sweeping piano production, he picks himself up from the dust with new-found clarity and confidence. “So even when I’ve been out all night / Even when I’m fucking up my life / Even when I’m losing my mind / I know that good things take time.“

In the accompanying video, Aidan ascends a seemingly endless staircase of an antique building, symbolising the recurring struggles in his life. On his way up, he looks into different rooms / phases of life where these hardships manifest before his eyes – wrestling with a lack of self-confidence and self-reflection in the mirror room, loss of the will to live in the bathtub, addictions in the bottle room. Eventually, he overcomes all these stages, with the understanding that “Good Things Take Time”.


Growing up in a small town outside of Newcastle, Northern England, Martin often felt like an outsider. Finding solace in music, he taught himself the piano, going onto the Sage Gateshead to study voice. At 17 he decided to move to London, hailing from a rural town, he swiftly dove into the capital’s buzzing subculture. Left to his own devices, he found himself indulging in a life of drugs and excess, leading him to abandon what he loved most – music.

He might have failed music during that time, but music certainly didn’t fail him. Insteading of forgetting his past, he decided to face it head on. Penning over 500 songs through his journey of re-self-discovery, he is driven by the desire to write relentlessly honest music, baring his soul unfiltered. The results have proved him right. Gaining over 30M Spotify streams across a handful of independently released songs, top positions such as #4 in the UK Singer-Songwriter chart as well as spots on the UK reality-TV show Love Island and Spotify’s Top 50 Viral Chart in the UK and Ireland, Martin has garnered a growing loyal fan base in the hundred-thousands.

Now signed with Warner Music Germany and working closely with executive producer Neil Ormandy (James Arthur, Lukas Graham, Alesso), Martin is poised for a breakthrough. Raised on the music of Northern Soul, Motown and descending from a Bajan great-grandfather, Martin’s childhood discovery of gospel heavily influences his sound today, allowing for a new genre of which he encompasses, coined “British singer-soul-writer.”

Having relinquished the demons of his past, Martin intends to use his hard-earned life lessons to make a difference for others – a desire that transcends his passion for music. Using his platform, Martin is dedicated to fighting for causes close to his heart including racial equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and countering the stigma of those affected by HIV and AIDS.

“My songs represent a collection of stories from someone who has faced their demons head on and is stronger now for it. My past, though painful, is a beautiful part of who I am. Accepting and relishing in this has been an essential catharsis for me. Being on the other side now, I hope my story can act as a source of hope for others. A reminder that you are more than the chains that bind you and that good things really do take time .” – Aidan Martin


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