Philadelphia native Hemming (Candice Martello) will be supporting Chris Cornell on his Acoustic Higher Truth tour this fall, playing songs off of her self-titled debut album, out on June 24th on Custard Records. According to album producer Linda Perry “There’s a familiar stabbing warmth in Hemming’s songwriting much like hot chocolate by a warm fire while resting your head on a pillow filled with pins and needles.” This is Martello’s first release as a solo artist. Prior to Hemming, Martello was best known as one half of Philadelphia based punk duo Omar. “I am so excited to be going on tour with an icon like Chris Cornell,” says Martello “I am very honored to have this opportunity and can’t wait to share this new music with people.”
The ten songs on Hemming, written solely by Martello, with the exception of “Home” written by Martello and Perry, is a showcase of the songwriter’s distinct and quirky writing style of personifying, as Martello states “stuff around my room,” to convey emotion. The first single “Vitamins,” eloquently personifies the ritual of taking a daily vitamin with the struggle of relying on other things outside of yourself to be happy, whether it be drugs or alcohol or other humans. The song “Paper Crane,” uses the origami figure to express the pain of unrequited love, a theme woven through out the entire album.
Hemming’s newest single “I’ll Never be the Man for You,” a song that includes no metaphors, is a straight forward and honest look at love and longing. Although a sullen subject, Martello brings a sense of humor and lightness to the song in the video, creating a twisted and surprising solution to the main character’s woes. Watch “I’ll Never Be the Man for You” HERE.
Martello initially launched into the National spotlight on Make or Break : The Linda Perry Project, the show created by Perry and VH1 as antithesis of music reality shows. Martello joined the show as part of punk duo Omar, but it was her solo work that caught Perry’s attention. The very first solo song she played Perry, Vitamins, immediately caught the producers attention and ended up being the catalyst for developing Hemming’s sound, and a launchpad for Martello’s career. After a heartfelt and heartbreaking decision made on behalf of her band mate (and now tour manager) Nick Fanelli, Martello continued on the show as a solo artist. At the conclusion of the show Hemming was presented with the opportunity to make a record with Perry.
Hemming has toured with Rachael Yamagata, performed on Train’s “Sail Across the Sun Tour,” completed a month long residency in her hometown of Philadelphia, and will be playing a Los Angeles album release show on July 25th at Hotel Café before joining Chris Cornell on the Acoustic Higher Truth tour.