23rd April 2018 #BenjiMartinNC #Martinisers #NCmusic

I bet you are wondering what the deal is with the picture of this Epiphone acoustics guitar. It was my one of my dad’s guitars, and it rarely got used. He bought it several years ago because my playing music inspired him to want to play guitar again. He wanted to be a singer-songwriter years ago, but he came across some people who wanted him to send money to get his music published or recorded. Thank God he did not fall for that because real music executives do not ask for money upfront, and as I learned at GTCC more than a decade ago, there is no “standard” contract.

Anyway, the point that I am trying to make with this picture is that my love of singing came from my father, who always sang either around our house or in our garage when I was little, and I loved hearing his beautiful Jerry Butler-like baritone voice. He even love R&B music so much that he passed that down to my sister and myself by playing records by the likes of Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston to name a few artists.

Dad, I thought that I have thanked you for everything, but I forgot to thank you for sharing your love for singing and soul music with me and also for supporting my musical ambitions since the beginning of my open mic nights in 2003. Keep singing along with the angels, and I will see you on the other side. You were and still are the real talent in our family.

In loving memory of my father, Benjamin Johnny “B.J.” Pressley (5th November 1948 – 7th April 2018)


10th April 2018 #BenjiMartinNC #NCmusic

Good afternoon. I hope that you are doing well. My father has just passed away this past weekend, and I have been helping to plan his funeral. I ask for your prayers as my family and I go through this difficult time. Also, I intend to return to the open mic stage in either May or June, so keep checking back here for details. Thank you very much.

4th April 2018 #NCmusic #BenjiMartinNC

Hello, everyone! How are you doing? I have not posted anything here or on any of my other social media in a while due to my being under the weather a couple of times in recent weeks as well as having to help my dad out due to foot surgery that he has had a couple of months ago, but hopefully, I will be back on the open mic stage in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina again within the next week or two. So keep checking back here for the latest info. Thank you very much for your support.

Have I Told You Lately

Cover version of Have I Told You Lately by Sir Rod Stewart and Sir Van Morrison

©2017 Benji Martin Music

Wish I Knew You

Cover version of Wish I Knew You by the Revivalists

This video contains coarse language.

©2017 Benji Martin Music

4th December 2017

Good evening, #Martinisers! How are you doing? I hope that you had a good Thanksgiving holiday. I will be back at Westerwood Tavern in Greensboro tomorrow night for another open mic. It starts at 9 PM with sign-ups beginning a half hour earlier, and it is hosted by Matty Sheets of Greensboro-based group Lightweight. So if you’re in the downtown area of the Gate City, head over to Westerwood and rock out with myself and the other artists who’ll be there!