Martha is the daughter of folk legends Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle and sister of Rufus Wainwright. Born in New York City and raised in Montreal, she spent her childhood immersed in music and often performed with her parents. She took the first step in her own recording career in 1998 when she contributed her song “Year of the Dragon” to her mother and aunt’s album The McGarrigle Hour. The same year she started singing back-up for her brother both live and on record.
After leaving college early, Martha moved to New York City and began work on her debut album. Produced by Martha and producer Brad Albetta in his downtown studio over a period of a year and a half, the end result was Martha Wainwright, a testament to her burning creativity, determination and strength of character. Martha and Brad later married, and she gave birth to their son in 2009.
Martha followed her self-titled release with the Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole EP. The response to BMFA was immediate and landed Martha on many year-end lists. Since then, Martha has released the 2008 studio effort I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too, and 2009’s live album Sans Fusils, Ni Souliers, à Paris: Martha Wainwright’s Piaf Record.
A dynamic performer, Martha has toured in Europe, Canada, the United States and Australia. In May 2004, she took part in the acclaimed Leonard Cohen tribute concert at Brighton’s Dome Concert Hall. Martha has supported artists such as Cyndi Lauper and Van Morrison and has been a regular opener for her brother Rufus on recent tours.