Marta Pacek
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"I wonder If you’ve ever found yourself engrossed with a singer who you haven’t heard before… it happened to me when I first played a record called ‘Voodoo Dolls and False Alarms’
Richard Glover, ABC Radio

“Marta’s songs are beautifully crafted and subtly orchestrated folk compositions of a rare quality” whisperinandhollerin.com

“The essence of folk music sounds just as Marta does. With her charming and ever-so-grateful disposition, every twang and every forlorn confession has the sublime sound, if nothing else, down to earth.” Jessica Huddleston, Ottawa Life Magazine

Marta Pacek, grew up on the outskirts of Australia’s capital, Canberra before she left to blossom into the truly international troubadour that she now is.

She began her career writing and recording with Mark Seymour, front man of iconic Australian group Hunters & Collectors. With a handful of songs she had co-written with Seymour, Marta recorded her debut EP with Cameron McKenzie and Mark Seymour. She later went on to record a further 4 tracks with producer Danny Simcic (Real Life “Send Me An Angel”) and UK ex-pat Martin Van Hoof Jenkins to complete her self-titled full release.

In 2008, Marta was approached by Toronto-based management and found her way to Canada. Within a year, Marta was opening for her collaborator, Mark Seymour on his North American tour.

In November 2011, Marta was awarded Best Alternative-Country song for her single "A Girl Gets By" at the Canberra Country Music Awards, She also won Best International Artist for her single "Loving Is Easy" at the New Music Festival in Ontario Canada.

She has graced stages big and small having showcased at many national and international music festivals and conferences including, Queenscliff Music Festival, Brunswick Music Festival, St Kilda Music Festival, Mount Beauty Music Festival, Canadian Music Week, NXNE, Folk Music Ontario Conference and Indie Week Canada. She has also opened for the Partridge Family’s David Cassidy in Phoeonix, AZ as part of the Marriott Hotel Summer Music program.

During her European dates, Marta was approached by classical conductor Giancarrlo Urso and first violinist Maurizio Azzarello with an interest in writing orchestral arrangements of her compositions. As part of a special live DVD release featuring tracks from Rebel Baby, Marta returned to Italy in December 2010 for a Christmas concert where she performed with The Gala Orchestra of Milan at Teatro Sociale of Lecco, Italy.

Marta’s intense and moody writing style has gained her attention in the film & television industry recently when her cover of Patty Griffin’s "Nobody’s Crying" was licensed for use in ABCs popular television series Rookie Blue, seen by over 9 million viewers in the U.S., and millions more worldwide. She also wrote the song “In The Name Of Love” to be licensed for Canadian Director Devaashish Khanna’s feature film Fondi 91.

In 2012 she co-produced her second album Rebel Baby with Jason Mercer (Ani DiFranco & Ron Sexsmith) and emerging artist Peirson Ross featuring 27 world-class musicians including Canadian alt-country artist Justin Rutledge on backing vocals and Jerome Godboo (Phantoms) on harmonica.

Marta’s third full-length album Voodoo Dolls & False Alarms was produced by American producer Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson, Angus and Julia Stone). A slight departure from her alt-country leanings sees Albetta experimenting with electronic drumbeats behind her neo-folk compositions.