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Scared Fearless Pre-Order is up and running!

Hi Friends!

Scared Fearless is coming, my fifth studio album and the first to truly cross into both lyrical songwriting and my Appalachian beginnings. This is by far my most honest and raw project yet, and I’m thrilled to be recording it live at Dirt Floor with Eric Lichter & Jim Carpenter at the helm.
The crew and I are tracking 13 new original songs- some travelogues, some cautionary tales, some confessions -all stories about the comings and goings of life, the folks who touch you for a moment and change everything forever, the folks you hold onto tight for a lifetime, and the folks that (however much you love them) it was never meant to last.
This album has been cooking for some time now and in the throes of a devastating loss, I had to put most things musical on hold for a while to endure the deepest dark of it. The songs hold new meaning now for me than when some of them were written and I love their changeability, their universal nature. It took a broken heart, but I’m growing into my shoes. It’s time.
The base goal is 5k, that will help cover the costs of studio time and manufacturing. My dream is to be able to press this to vinyl and get a publicity campaign behind it. We did that with Fall On Your Sword and it made my dream of a feature in American Songwriter a reality- boy would l love to keep building on that foundation, and now more than ever as I’m healing through this wild time.
So every penny counts, and I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has been there since day one and climbed aboard since to help grow this thing. One of the things I learned about my relationship with music was  that when I needed it to be a ‘brand’ and ‘commercially viable’ it lost something very important. I was raised with music as a piece of everyday life, a comfort in hard times, a motivator, a way of telling the story of life. With this new collection of songs, and the way I’m recording it, I’m getting back to the truth and substance of what it means and how it’s as much a part of the day as breakfast or tying my shoes. That said, the rewards for contributing this time are going to be far more personal than just the manufactured product and I can’t wait to share all of it with you! THANK YOU!

https://www.gofundme.com/daphne-lee-martins-scared-fearless
Much Love,
Daphne

Young Man’s Game Demo

It’s been a weird run. Roller coaster city. 
I’m so grateful for all of the things that I have been able to accomplish, and most of all the amazing lives that I’ve touched even for a moment at a time. Lots of you already know that I’ve been nominated for Songwriter & Female Performer of the Year over at the New England Music Awards, and if you’d like to cast a vote for me, well just head on over HERE and do so and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Of course, the awards are amazing honors, but at the end of the day  it’s about the songs. I have 11 finished (and maybe a few pinch hitters) for Scared Fearless, with plans to track it out in April at Dirt Floor Studios live with a stellar new bunch of players in a much more “living room” setting and no crazy over-production. Yay, peak of the coaster! Whee!

But the trough of the coaster is a thing too, I’ve run into the same troubles most independent (and, frankly, major label) artists have run into these days. Fewer and fewer people are willing to pay for music, recorded or live. And those that do still have pretty limited resources. It means the absolute world to those of us who write and perform to know that you guys are out there makin’ the world go ’round. I’ll be doing a bit less touring this year, as it’s gettin’ harder to sustain financially. But there will be some seriously EPIC shows nonetheless and the music will keep coming. I’m writing harder than ever. The weirdest part, I’m finally stepping out of character and writing as myself, and it’s scary as shit.

This song is a demo of one that will make the new album, called Young Man’s Game. Sure, it could be about a boy. Sure it could be about the industrial music complex. It’s about anything you want it to be about. It’s about you. Inspired by Bonnie Raitt.
That’s Isaac Young on Organ and Rhodes, Steve Cusano on drums, and me on everything else. Mind you, it’s not mixed or mastered or any of that craziness. It’s a demo. Enjoy, and if it moves you, the very best thing you can do is share it with everyone you think will love it!

It took a moment to learn, but a lifetime to master
And every day goes by now just a little bit faster
But who gives a damn about my good name
You know I’ll bet it all on a young man’s game

I left room for the holy ghost
But the love that it gave me was cold at most
And if you’ll give me passion, I can bear the pain
You know I bet it all on a young man’s game

I can dream like a child with faith in spades
I always knew I’d rather burn out than fade
It only takes one kiss to never be the same
You know I bet it all on a young man’s game

Playing with fire keeps me warm at night
It hurts like hell, but it helps me write
So lights out baby, set me aflame
You know I’m all in on a young man’s game

And if I’m in for a penny, I am in for a pound
The queen of hearts and her crooked crown
And I’ve got nobody but myself to blame
If I lose it all on a young man’s game