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The Rarest Kind

The Rarest Kind is the latest project of critically acclaimed songwriter/producer, Tony Martino.

Martino, a Chicago native who writes and acts as the primary producer on all of his recordings also plays the majority of the instruments except for the drums.  Several of his songs have been featured in major television shows on networks such as CBS, MTV, Sy-Fy, Discovery Channel, and Oxygen.  Additionally, he’s received press in major news/media publications such as the Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, and The New York Times, including an article written by Academy Award and Emmy Award-nominated musician, Adam Schlesinger of the pop/rock band Fountains Of Wayne, who praised Martino's music and stated, "I get handed stuff almost every day. I try to listen to all of it -- 99 percent is garbage. But every so often you get something that stands out...This is a guy with incredible potential." 

Some of the notable guest drummers and musicians on Martino's solo recordings include Doug Corella of the Verve Pipe, Brad Pemberton (of Ryan Adams & The Cardinals), Steve Gillis (formerly of the rock group Filer), and Andy Kubiszewski of Stabbing Westward.  He has also co-produced some of his songs with Brit-Award-nominated record producer, Ed Buller (Suede, Pulp, etc.). As a teenager in 2004, Martino independently secured a distribution deal through Koch Records and released multiple singles on the Adult Album Alternative radio format in the United States where he gained enough airplay to be named the "Artist of the Month" for the entire AAA radio format, however, no tour ever commenced to support the album as Martino was still in high school at the time.  In 2007, Martino was part of a very short-lived band called "The Martino Conspiracy" that briefly toured throughout mid-2007 and early 2008. The band recorded one official album titled "Hope In Isolation" (co-produced by Martino and Ed Buller) and achieved national radio airplay on the Hot-AC radio format with a released single titled "Just Don't Know". The single charted in the top 100 national radio airplay chart for the Hot/AC format in February 2007. Unfortunately, however, the band unexpectedly disbanded while in the middle of the tour and before the album was ever officially released.  In late 2009, Martino was selected by ASCAP as only one of only fourteen up and coming songwriters out of several hundred submissions nationally to partake in their prestigious annual Lester Sill Songwriter's Workshop.


Martino was on hiatus from the music industry due to a medical injury from late-2010 until re-emerging in late 2016 with news of new music for a new project entitled, "The Rarest Kind."  The Rarest Kind’s debut album is expected to be released in early 2018 and is being mixed by renown engineers Mark Needham (Imagine Dragons, The Killers, etc.) & Brian Malouf, (Queen, Pearl Jam, Pink, Kid Rock, Madonna, Dave Matthews Band, etc…).


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