LOVE IS THE HERO

by MARTIN LUTHER MCCOY (homepage)

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about

I found this message in my inbox and I felt it would be the best bio of all... check it out

"its now like 10:55 am

on a friday where my mind is dreaming of putting pencil to paper all weekend and drawing etc, my bussiness brain is working out how im going to save up to by a new mac to design on, and my logical brain is saying that the weekend is too short and ill get nothing i want to achieve done lol.

so i played my girl "lauren" your album last night, she has heard your stuff from ETB and RSM and for valentines day i made her a mix cd featuring daily bread,

she was about 2 mins into "waiting for you" on her 1st listen and was already singing the hook!!

now she is way way less soulful in her muscial choices, more along the lines of old school rock even to the point of liking some real heavy ish... not my general direction but still i can dig it... and she was blown away.

I dunno if that is a good thing but im happy she likes it, as the music you produce will be the stuff my kids will grow up listening to, like my folks did with Otis, sam & dave the temptations etc.... it must be humbling to know that there are people out there using your craft to fuel and educate the youth about true music..

with out my folks, i would never of made my musical discoveries, ones i hold dear to me, Funkadelic, sly, curtis etc bill withers cant forget bill, all stuff i was never shown but i discovered off the inspiration from youth.

1st time in a long time ive wrote a rambling email... but when i have something in my head sometimes its best out there.

so in conclusion.... LITH is good !! everything else is bad :)"

There ain't nothing like the sound of FREEDOM. Love Is The Hero is simply that, a freedom sound (as coined by Ledisi)

I say, if it's authentic and comes from your soul then it's appropriate.

I am honored to release Love Is The Hero and share with you our proud collection of work that hangs around in the ethers in the Rebel Soul offices from San Francisco to New York and beyond. It is my truth. I am thankful to have been able to create such work. I can only ask that you take a listen and if you like or better yet if you love it, then let the title of this work reflect in the decisions that you make in life...especially the ones that affect others around you. Let Love BE the HERO.

Stay tuned Rebel Souls, the deluxe version of LITH is not far away.

Until then...



MARTIN LUTHER BIOGRAPHY
the artist
Martin Luther McCoy, professionally known as Martin Luther, is an exceptionally talented singer songwriter who is fiercely determined to bring his brand of Rebel soul music to ears thirsting for truth, funk, rock and soul. Martin started writing songs at age six and now his gorgeous tenor voice has captivated the hearts of audiences worldwide with his ubiquitous cover of George Harrison’s Beatles White album classic, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps” which appeared on the multi platinum Across the Universe Soundtrack. A truly gifted music visionary whose penchant for fashion, blending of electronic and organic sounds, studying with the masters of hip hop, funk, rock and soul music all combine as ingredients for the making of a rebel soul. ‘’In the church, in the house and the streets, there was always music and all of it moved me…so it was just a matter of time before the melodies in my head and the words in my heart sought their own voice and set me on a mission to create what is authentic to me and add my pinch of beauty to the world.’’

the movement
With respect for his craft, Martin’s music encompasses the rudiments of rock and roll and the many flavors of rhythm and blues while adding the slap and slump of urban r-n-b and hip hop. Couple such an esteemed name with an unparalleled style of musicianship, then mix that with an innate ability to create sheer magic on both a guitar and a microphone and you can begin to understand his anointing.

The multi-talented singer, songwriter, actor, musician and producer has been bubbling throughout the music and entertainment world for years and has already energized music lovers across the globe with collaborations with some of pop and hip hop’s finest. Martin’s last studio album, Rebel Soul Music, which spawned the fledgling hit Daily Bread, received amazing press and critical acclaim. Associated Press & People Magazine honored RSM as their critic’s choice and rated the album 3.5 out of 4 stars. He was also named VH1, “You Outta Know” artist for two separate months. With a video for the single ‘Daily Bread’ making it to VH1 Soul’s top ten, Martin went on to perform and tour with industry heavy-weights like Dave Matthews, Jill Scott and countless others. He has been seen by millions of fans as a featured member of the legendary hip hop band The Roots, which also landed Martin a coveted cameo in Dave Chappelle’s comedic concert film, ‘Block Party’. Martin made his cinematic debut as a lead actor in the Sony Pictures release “Across the Universe (2007),” directed by Julie Taymor. The popularity of the film and Martin’s contributions to the soundtrack continue to find new audiences. “I was raised to appreciate all walks of life and disciplines of art. When all the science and religious or political doctrines have passed, art will remain.”


the beginning
Born and raised in San Francisco, CA., Luther can recall many childhood years visiting the great state of Texas where his parents were born and raised. Although a summer child who bathed in the sweet soul music of the seventies, Luther found himself a Bill Withers and Sam Cooke fan who also cherished singing Stevie Wonder records with his older sister Jacqueline before being properly introduced to the electrifying perennial funk mob, Parliament Funkadelic. “My older brother Harold Jr. turned me on to P-Funk and made sure I could equally appreciate The Eagles as much as Rick James and by doing so, directed my course into the funky field of music.”

the calling
Being a student of the business of music from an early age, tackling the challenges of learning to produce and play guitar whilst other peers turned to making beats and rapping, helped Luther create an extension to his own voice and further allowed him to create his own musical path. “Writing words and melodies came quite naturally to me but translating them to music was a problem until I picked up a guitar. There are other forms of music that the guitar is exemplary in, but when it comes down to blues and rock and roll, no other sound can twist your spine like a dirty guitar line.”
Leaning more towards the arts and less towards the tenants of the streets of San Francisco, Martin Luther seized an opportunity for higher education and earned a Mass Media Arts degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. In 1999 He co-founded his own imprint label Rebel Soul Records and released his first underground classic, The Calling. In September 2011, Martin audaciously debuted Extra Terrestrial Brother by Martian Luther, a mix tape of his original material that, without any announcement or promotion, earned him additional critical acclaim amongst the bloggersphere as this record was only made available on his own website. “This project is an intimate love letter from an artist to his fans, one made that much more generous by its name your own price Bandcamp pricing. Recorded while on the road with a collective of similar musical nomads in between hotel rooms and at friend’s studios, the album is a healing antidote.” Soultracks.com

the future
Martin is now ready to release his next body of work, the mysterious and highly anticipated 3rd studio lp aptly entitled “Love Is The Hero”. Recorded in Atlanta, Ga. as well as in the San Francisco Bay Area, featuring talented musicians from across the nation and produced by Luther and his longtime collaborator Pascael Arceneaux, this record is passionately written and performed with intensity and love for his craft. Co-written and performed by a collection of Martin’s highly skilled musical army he dubs the “Martillary’’, Martin finds more time for his guitar work on the crowd pleasing robotic funk anthem “Waiting For You’’. Foregoing the current trend of oversaturated synthetic pop, this body of work returns to live recorded performances and is dense with lyricism, melody and enough vigor to will the hearts of men to greater things as is evidenced in the stadium ready “Count Your Blessings”. Soundscapes coalesce, ebb and crash into castles of innocent joy on songs like “Precious” while the spirit of the gospel church anoints a celebration of commitment on “Undefeated Love”. “Everyone here knows love is the hero” Luther screams on the vamp of “Killer Machines”. “Somebody Superstar” is a galvanizing moment for a ghetto nation that is clearly in need of an economic and social panacea as Luther reminds, you are somebody’s superstar. “This music is here to remind us of our greatness, our storied past and that we have the power to create any type of future for ourselves. Listening to it makes me feel colossal.” To many music lovers, rhythm and blues is a lost art form so in hearing such a heart wrenching cry for the affection of a spurned lover on the sentimentally sexy “Everything is U’’, Martin defies the current trend of uber machismo attitude and reveals himself as vulnerable and more importantly, as human if not super human. Love Is The Hero! Appropriately titled for the times, Martin Luther bravely and authentically shares his compassion for humanity and lays out his vision towards building a brighter future for all. Releasing his music directly to his fans first seems to be the method that works so music lovers worldwide should tune into the overwhelming frequency of love that is Martin Luther McCoy. www.martinluthermccoy.bandcamp.com Rebel Soul Records™, LLC 2012

credits

released 03 July 2012

Executive Producers: Shawn Peters, Jeff Alston
Special Acknowledgment to the Alston Family, The McCoy Family, The
Peters Family, The Angelo Family

Rebel Soul: Russell Gatewood, Michael Aczon, Yvonne Angelo, Sanford Biggers

Producers: PASCAEL ARCENEAUX, MARTIN LUTHER MCCOY,
DON MCCOLLISSTER, KEV CHOICE, CAMUS CELLI, BOBBY OZUNA

Mix Engineers: Don McCollister, Bob Power, Erik Madrid
Mastering: Randy Emata
Photography:     Lisa Keating  www.lisakeatingphotography.com
Grahpic Design: James Boughton www.commonlight.co.uk

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MARTIN LUTHER MCCOY (homepage) San Francisco, California

Martin Luther McCoy pka Martin Luther, was born and raised in San Francisco, Ca. His love for soul and rock and roll music was enlivened by his peers as the tsunamic wave of hip hop began to take form. He writes his own words and plays his guitar. Former member of the Roots touring ensemble and star of Julie Taymor's Across The Universe (Sony Pictures 2007) Martin fearlessly shares his new music. ... more

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Track Name: Waiting For You
this ain't no illusion baybee It's time to be just who you are
get over yourself in style now let's make it happen
a new way of thinking is overdue now who asked you to pretend
if you're ready I mean really then don't hesitate to get up get up get up
let's get it in.

we've been waiting for you for this moment to arrive
we've been waiting for you feel the power touch the sky

what if we took that chance and dream big get out the box get it how you live?
get involved and we can get it all let's do it together
I want to see you shining like the beautiful stars you are
I know you're ready but you'll never know 'til you let go let Let's go
do it right now

chorus
let me know if you're ready to come up ready to touch the sky


I want to come up I want to touch the sky. You're so sky.

chorus
let me know if you're ready to come up ready to go
ready to come up Ready to touch the sky
Track Name: Killer Machines
the trumpeters of death have come to dine and dance until we're numb
from all the terror, leaders who scare us to killing ourselves safe
explosion rips through finger tips
they're selling the apocalypse on tv lying, children are dying as the levee breaks.

Is this a dream
there are killer machines
up in the sky now what does it mean
go for your guns or go for your dreams
everyone here knows love is the hero of the scene

I've seen the future baby this is good morning
get on up
ain't no looking back now it's on us
the moment has arrived
hear the battle cries and come alive
you could be the hero tonight

we're warriors roaming through the night
guided by the satellite look
blood on the playground
nowhere to play now
my aren't we safe
the resurrection planet earth
comes after we have raped her first
from corporate die-in
who wants to buy in (buy yin)
black gold at stake

Is this a dream
there are killer machines
up in the sky now what does it mean
go for your guns or go for your dreams
everyone here knows love is the hero of the scene

I've seen the future baby this is good morning
get on up
ain't no looking back now it's on us
the moment has arrived
hear the battle cries and come alive
you could be the hero tonight

take a look it's a serial thriller
up in the sky is a killer machine

chorus
It's a war on the world a war on the world
everyone here knows love is the hero of the world

heal the world..help hear the world
killer machines
Track Name: Precious
need a break from all things you
yeah I think I gotta do it
for myself cause i'm into you
getting harder to control it
dangerous when i'm close to you
how nothing really matters at all

but the rules to the game say just keep playing
don't tell her how you feel
if I play it too cool I could win or lose
and that ain't even real
can I tell you something real

this is precious and I don't want to blow it
you're so precious and I just hope you know it
this is precious and I don't want to blow it

does the boy get the girl in the end
seems to be the question
will I end up with my best friend
or just another lesson
I don't know where to go from here
girl I really can't see this one at all

but the rules to the game say
man don't you change
don't tell her how you feel
but I don't want to play
ain't about what you say
all that matters is how we feel
can I show you something real

chorus

well I ain't gonna stand here and tell you
everything's gonna work out just fine
hell I ain't even trying to convince you
you could find a better love than mine
even though the sex is good girl I gotta keep it hood
you could walk away at any time
unless I hear you say.. that I'm

precious
I don't want to blow it
this is pressure
I just hope you know it
cause you're precious
and I don't want to blow it
this is precious
I just hope you know it
Track Name: And Futhermore
what kind of lies are you selling me
well you know I ain't buying
I ain't the one who make believes
you took me for a test ride
now you're letting him drive

what kind of hold does he have on you
Is it cash you're after, well
that makes you a muse with benefits
but you just think I'm hatin'
well all I'm really saying is

what if it blows your mind
what if it's just not right
maybe you should go and think this over

you're trying to get to heaven but you got a little hell to pay
never been a follower I ain't about to start today
believe I see you

if that's what you want girl
get what you want girl
said that's what you want girl.. go ahead

why do your friends keep telling me
I'm the best you ever had
I played a role in your fantasy
but happy ever after ain't really what you're after

what if it blows your mind
what if it's just not right
maybe you should go and think this over

you're trying to get to heaven but you got a little hell to pay
never been a follower I ain't about to start today
I can't believe you

and furthermore
you told me that it's over so what you calling for
and furthermore
you said you didn't want my loving anymore
look how you at me now

you're trying to get to heaven but you got a little hell to pay
I can't believe you played me to the left
I'm salty about it but I'll be okay.
I'm a be alright hey hey

chorus
Track Name: There You Go
there's something about you that thinks it's cool
to keep me here waiting like I'm your fool
I don't really want to be your fool
no no no no more

just tell me now and I'll move on
you think you're so fresh I keep hanging on
I don't really want to be here hanging on for you
but you can't let me know

there you go
underestimating me again
the shit was over before we ever began
I know I was complicit
but now I can dismiss it
you ain't best for me
and it's best I let cha be

caught in a world wind
I played your game
I don't need a girlfriend
that has no shame
looking at me to place your blame

people might say that
it's just my time
but a brother like me had
to work for mine
you know how much I stay on the grind
I guess you thought I'd never know..

chorus
Track Name: Everything Is U
thought I'd be
better off without you
now I see
just the opposite is true
I'm sick and tired of sitting all alone
my house is not a home
I can't get you on the phone

I can't believe
I've been disrespected
on top of that
my emotion's been neglected
I said hurtful things
but I didn't mean it
I thought the grass was greener
but no one compares to you

I don't know what to say
don't know what to do about you
can't live without you
since you've been away
I can't seem to sleep without you
can't breathe without you
everything is you
baby can't you see everything is you
and now you're gone
everything is you
what am I gone do cause I want you home

from earth to mars
are we that far
I can't believe it's you trying to hurt me
this friendly fire's killing me
my lover is now my enemy
if i'm at fault
then you should know
you had me at the moment you said hello
lower your weapon
embrace the blessing and please come home

chorus
baby tell me why please tell me why can't we work things out
what am I gonna do cause I miss my friend

don't you want a chance at paradise
at this point there's nothing more to say
oh baby don't throw this love away
I'm begging you

I cain't breathe
I cain't sleep
got me bent down on my knees
hoping and wishing that you'd come home
please don't leave me all alone

may day may day emergency
I need to feel you with urgency
how you
why you deserting me
this is hurting me
girl this is hurting me

chorus
Track Name: Sara Smile
you know the lyrics..even if I twist em a bit..
Track Name: Somebody Superstar
25 yrs to Life and he's gone
look where he is now
who's gonna help take care of home

mother wheels (wills) herself into the court
look where she is now
will the judge take her only son
who knows

to the world you might be one person
but to that person you might be the world

you are somebody superstar

who's gonna help her raise them kids
and make them feel special
let em know, let em know His-story lives
cause daddy's gone don't let it slow you down
you better know that you're special
even tho, even tho daddy ain't around

to the world you might be one person
but to that person you might be the world (anonymous)

you are somebody superstar

hey there superstar you're the guiding light (I.A)
we know who you are because you burn so bright
wish up on a star tonight
but if you want to see the light,
then you've got to be the light that you are (saul williams flip)

I want you babe
I love you babe
I need you babe
Track Name: Pedal To The Metal
in a hustlers world
with no one to trust
but she ain't the average girl

he lets her ride
because she keeps him close to God

now he wants out of the game
but this ain't a life you can simply
just walk away from

so he buries his pain
deep inside his manly pride

I got some cash baby grab your keys
don't pack a bag take what you need
whatever helps ease your mind
tonight we leave the city behind

let's put the pedal to the metal let the top lean back
I don't know where we're going
I don't know what we'll run into
I'm checkin' for you how you feel about that
I think it's time we rendezvous

now he's rubbing her back
trying to work out a demon
that's haunting her life
someone took her innocence
so trusting was hard for her
until she found him

surely her mother is concerned
quit running around
when will you learn
but she said 'tomorrow waits for no one'
tonight we'll leave this city behind

chorus

cause all he really wants is to be with you
to feel your warm embrace
to wake up and kiss your face
now all she really wants is a love that's true
tonight was made for lovers
under covers
now take your top down and let the girls be free :)))

chorus
Track Name: Undefeated Love
you can tell by the way that he treats her
that's his love
an undefeated love
undefeated love

you can tell by the way that he holds her
that's his love
an undefeated love
undefeated love hey

young man you be thankful for the gift of that girl
she's in your world
can you believe it
be thankful everyday that you have found a true pearl
something rare and precious
a girl
don't you dare be foolish

you can tell by the way that he calls her
calls her love
an undefeated love
undefeated love
he get her everything man he spoils her
spoiled by love
an undefeated love
undefeated love

at night when he's alone out there
you're on his mind
to make you his bride
can you believe it
unconditional acceptance
matched with real sacrifice
that's what it takes
a brand new life
a family awaits

a view for all time
our love survives undefeated
push through the pain
and still we remain undefeated

take my hand baby and walk with me

Undefeated Love
Like a champion rising above against all odds
as long as we keep God we'll be undefeated
Undefeated Love
Put your hands up stand up if you been through it all
Keep standing tall..
Track Name: Count Your Blessings
a child of so many talents
she wonders where he'll go
trying to instill the values of balance
love and self control
but something had a hold on him
and would not let go
so she said

baby count your blessings
and wish upon a falling star
things have always been
exactly like they are

the child of a man (*his inner child)
he was his closest friend
and how they used to run together
until no end
eventually life would separate the two
society had stripped him of all he knew
and so he returned

remembering his blessing
before his bridge had burned to far
things have always been exactly like they are

sometimes what we have seems like
the very least of anyting
and all that we don't seems like
the very most of everything
but baby without love
we both have nothing
girl don't leave me with nothing
I thought we really had something

you've been
chatting with your simple minded friends
got you putting me down
said a lil tasty something over there
is where I've been getting down
girl you need to call for a new dealer
before you play that hand
remember where we began
oh you'll see exactly where I am

baby count your blessings
and wish upon a falling star
things have always been exactly like they are
oh baby count your blessings and wish upon a falling star..

things have always...