Industry Vet Marty Martel Passes

Industry veteran Marty Martel passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, March 29.

Donald Robert “Marty” Martel was born in Ogdensburg, New York on March 9, 1939. He made his debut into the country music world back in the 1950s and enjoyed a career as a successful touring artist, a talent and booking agent, and a show promoter in Nashville with his company Midnight Special Productions.

Martel also spent many years of his life dedicated to the legends of the country industry, advocating for their place in the Hall of Fame and the recognition they deserved. Over his 40-year career as a talent manager and booking agent, he would represent some of country’s most iconic artists including managing the career of Johnny Paycheck. During the course of his career he also established a successful “Legends Fest” touring show.

Martel is survived by his children Brittney Amara Martel, Kristopher Martel, Deron Martel, Tami West, Dennis Morefield, and Shannon Martin along with his 15 grandchildren.

A memorial/celebration of life will be held at Our Lady Of The Lake Church in Hendersonville, TN as soon as the family is permitted to do so. Details will be made available publicly as soon as they are finalized. Any donations/cards/flowers may be sent to 2144 Erin Lane, Mt Juliet, TN 37122, C/O Brittney Amara.

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