Martin Høybye

Martin Høybye_FotoHans-Henrik Høeg_8Low2016 saw the release of Martin Hoybye’s new album ‘For the World,’ while he also devotes time to running the label Songcrafter Music along with business partner Roar Amundsen.

He has shared his time between Scandinavia and the US, recording and co-writing with other artists and ‘songcrafters.’

On his last album effort (‘Night Like This,’ 2011) Martin Hoybye took us on a tour of the new country-landscapes he made his backyard for a number of years, working with songwriters in the US. However, in 2016 it was time for the less slick and more playfully produced approach we hear on ‘For the World,’ which subsequently earned Hoybye a Danish Music Award nomination for ‘Songwriter of the Year’.

Confessional songwriting

Martin’s songs largely fall into the category of confessional songwriting, conveying authentic thoughts and feelings of a ‘life lived and lessons learned.’
The songsmith’s style has previously been described as that of R.E.M. meets Springsteen, but to the attentive listener the music of Tracy Chapman, Edie Brickell and Steve Earle would likely also come to mind.

Hoybye’s recording career has spanned more than a decade, he released his debut album ‘East of November’ in 2002 to rave reviews in the US, and in Denmark where it was nominated for a Danish Music Award.

His second studio album ‘From Here To Heaven’ came out in 2007, and later that same year the singer/songwriter released his third studio effort ‘Building Memories,’ a collection of 11 original Christmas songs. The spring of 2011 saw the release of the experimental album ‘Songtronica,’ a songwriter-meets-electronica-project, while the abovementioned ‘Night Like This’ came out in November of the same year.

Teaching and co-writing

Martin Hoybye has taught songwriting, released a book on the matter, and co-written songs with many established songwriters and artists across the world. Collaborators on some of his previous releases include: Kevin Welch, Jeff Cohen, Chris Barron, and Pamela Oland. On ‘For the World’ Martin has co-written three tracks with Jeff Cohen, Wes Hutchinson, Lori Barth and Morten Bay.

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Miscellaneous praise

Honorary Award – Danish Songwriters’ Guild
Danish Music Award nominee (x2)
Unison Songwriter’s Competiton Winner
USA Songwriting Competition finalist (x3)
International Songwriting Competiton finalist (x3)
We are Listening finalist + finalist and honorable mentions in other songwriting related competitions
SongIsland ‘Songwriter of the Year’ Award
‘Honorary Award’ from the Great American Song Contest