MARTINA SAN DIEGO is a Filipina-American singer-songwriter best known for her delicate melodies and her knack for raw and heartfelt songwriting.
Martina’s talent was fostered from an early age as part of a music-loving family. At the age of 15, Martina began to hone her songwriting skills as the lead vocalist of the band Ivy Rose. During that time, Martina released two albums with Ivy Rose--"This Adventure" and "Rain"--made it to the Las Vegas round of America’s Got Talent in 2012 and opened up for Ben Folds & Weezer at the University of Maryland’s annual “Art Attack” concert series.
In 2012, Martina took a year off to connect to her roots in the Philippines. She cherished the island lifestyle, and drew on the spirit of ingenuity and fresh perspective to inspire her music. Martina wrote and released her solo debut album, "Blank Walls" under independent record label 22 Tango Records before returning to the United States.
While in the Philippines, Martina also collaborated with Kyle Wong for the single “Balay Ni Mayang”, which won 3rd place in the Visayan Pop Music Festival, “Vispop” in 2013. The song highlights Martina’s distinct voice, carrying the track not only to the top of the local radio charts, but also internationally online where it has reached over 2 million global streams and counting on Spotify.
Currently based in New York City, Martina was named NY Singer-Songwriter Sessions Artist of the Month and a Breedlove Guitars Artist while attending New York University. Since completing her B.A. in Songwriting and Recorded Music at NYU, Martina independently released the EP "Illuminate" and continues to work on writing and producing new music. In addition, she is the founding teacher at the Martina San Diego Music Studio where she proudly shares her love for music and songwriting with her students.