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New Single Release- "Freestyle - An American Dream" - February 28, 2013

2013 starts out with an indie rock release "Freestyle - An American Dream".   It is a tribute to the gut Amrican spirit of going out on your own to seek your dreams, despite risk and ridicule.

Youth's love of adventure is epitomized by motorcycles, and the song's online YOUTUBE video  uses vintage photographs to illustrate the pioneering spirit of discovery in the fast lane.   Beautiful bikes loved and respected by their beautiful women and men riders - all traveling one way to an American Dream.

"Freestyle - An American Dream" is available at most online music sits, including cdbaby -



New Video for Christmas - August 9, 2012

Just posted on Youtube:

This video is a musical letter home from a serviceman or woman to their loved ones.

This first version includes images from the Dept of Defense website. Future versions will contain personal photos sent in from active servicemen and women. If

If you have a photo of yourself in uniform that you would like to have included in future versions of this video, please email it to It must be a photo only of you. (Please make it a small-sized JPEG file format).  IMPORTANT- You must include a statement in your email that you certify the photo is of you and that you give permission to Rise Tomorrow Publishing to use your picture in a future version of this video "Yes. I'll be Home for Christmas".
Without the permission statement, your photo will not be used.

If your photo is used, you will receive a return email giving you the version # of the video and the youtube url link to it - that way you can share it with your friends and family.
Note- please send photos that show you smiling.
Even if you may not be able to be home for the Christmas Holidays in person, consider this a way to send your loved ones a photo of yourself so that they can share your love and wishes for a safe and peaceful Christmas.

As the video states- God Bless All who serve and God Bless America.

The song "Yes. I'll be Home for Christmas" (written and performed by Marty Nelson) is from the CD "Count Yourself Lucky" available online at and

"Count Yourself Lucky" released - August 2, 2012

"Count Yourself Lucky", Marty's latest CD is now available online.

Paint Me - My Country 'Tis of Thee - April 10, 2012

This is the newest promo video for "Paint Me".  "My Country 'Tis of Thee" - It was shot at the Jersey Shore on 4/10/12

New CD- "Paint Me" available now on - March 30, 2012

Marty Nelson's latest CD, "Paint Me" features a whole new side of his composing styles. This pat year, marty has been asked to submit music for a variety of media (film, TV, ads) and has now included many of these submissions into this new compilation CD.

Many of these new songs have a very personal "Americana" flavor - acoutic-based with intimate vocals.

Included are some retro rock and jazz flavored tracks. Marty also does a pdersonal interpretation of "My Country 'Tis of Thee" (which is posted on this site for your listening).


March 31, 2012 - Marty Singing At Mcloone's in Asbury Park, NJ - December 25, 2011

McLoone's Dinner Theater- March 31, 2012 8:30 Show

SCAT SEMINARS - December 10, 2011

Scat Seminars: Marty conducts "Scat" seminars for all levels of educational venues (Jr. High, High School, College and Adult Schools). He traces the origin of Scat by using generational archival videos and recordings of all forms of American Popular Music. He takes the students on a journey through time right back to the Field Hollers of the Black American slave generation in order to find the Blues roots of our musical heritage. He then brings the students gradually back to the present, illuminating all the thematic and structural threads that bind our marvelous musical styles together. He ends the seminar with his much-loved interactive "Scat-tag". This seminar is both educational and very enjoyable for the students.

If your school or organization is interested in having Marty present his semimar at your venue, please email him:

Marty Releases a new original Jazz single! - August 19, 2011

On August 25th, Marty released a new original jazz solo.

This latest original jazz release by Marty (a founder of the original Manhattan Transfer) is a fun solo in the style of Peggy Lee’s “Fever” with a nice touch of original scat and a bit of Jersey Shore Springsteen growl. (Marty also plays the clarinet accompaniment).

 Note: to see Marty performing live, go to this youtube link-

Marty Appearing at Smoke Rise Village Inn on April 16th - February 5, 2011


Marty will be appearing at the Smoke Rise Village Inn on April 16th

It is a Dinner/Show evening of jazz classics and fun. See the calendar event page for reservations and more information.

Call for reservations: 973-838-7770

Here's a link to some of Marty's songs sung live at his appearance at Chico's House of Jazz. (youtube)

(Black Magic)

(One More For the Road)

(Minnie the Moocher)

(Very Good Year)

(Send in the Clowns)

Marty's Live Performance at Chicos House of Jazz is now on Youtube - January 2, 2011

Marty's performance at Chicos House of Jazz in Asbury Park was a fun night for all- especially those who came on stage to scat!

Here's a link to some of the songs sung live!

Marty Nelson Appearing at Chico's House of Jazz, Asbury park , NJ Dec 11th 8pm and 10 pm Shows - December 5, 2010

Marty will be performing in

Asbury Park, NJ at Chico's House of Jazz

on  Dec. 11th, 2010.


2 shows: 8pm  and 10 pm       Admission $10.00

He will be performing his current show "A Tribute to Sinatra, plus . . ?"

The evening includes a selection of Sinatra hits plus other scat-oriented arrangements of classics. Marty also has a fun interactive scat session with the audience.


"Jersey Shore Local 10:59 PM" Release - November, 2010

"Jersey Shore Local" is a collection of music featuring Marty's commentary on American lifestyles and morays: 1. (1980's Style Rocker) "Benny, Bobby and Suzanne" is about a Jersey Shore love triangle during the 1980's. It features driving guitars and vocals. Jersey Shore Locals will know exactly the inference of the name "Benny" (think North Jersey down-for-the-dayers). 2. (Jersey Shore Country Style)"You Can't Go Home" is the story of teenage girl who becomes pregnant from a Jersey Shore summer romance and is forced to leave her parents' home to fend for herself. 3. (Classic R&B Dance Style) Real Love" was originally written for an R&B female soloist, but the original vocal by Marty Nelson remains. Even though the lyrics were written from a female perspective, it works well regardless of sexual persuasion. 4. (Orchestrated Epic Song) "Boy With A Gun" is a commentary on America's often tragic love affair with guns . . . their appeal, necessity and life-altering use. (From innocent childhood fascination to our nation's army of youth to our society's faceoff of law enforcers vs deviants).

New Release - "Your Love" by Marty Nelson - October, 2010

This album is a love story put to music: Finding love, losing it, reclaiming it and celebrating it. The songs are intimate, timeless and real. These songs span a variety of musical styles and recording eras. As a true harmony junkie, Marty sings all the parts on all the cuts. From very "un-plugged" piano/vocal tracks to fully orchestrated productions, this album reflects his wide appreciation of all the musical influences in his life. From street corner Doo-wop to lush harmonic ballads to power pop, Marty allows the musical genre to dictate the framework of each track as his lyrics rise and ride to the poetic passion of the moment.

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