(from Marty's website):
Martin Charles Hennessey (Marty Dread) was named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he was born in the Bronx, New York in 1969. When Marty was eight years old, his father passed away and his mother moved the family to Maui, Hawai'i. The change from concrete jungle to botanical jungle was great, but Marty was quick to adapt to the laid-back ways of his new island home.
Marty's life was again changed forever in 1981 when he was exposed to the music of Bob Marley. Marty was hooked, and he began singing with local bands. After graduating from Maui High School in 1987 with a 4.0 GPA, Marty was selected by the Youth Ambassadors of America to travel to the Soviet Union to assist in the creation of a mural, "Maui to Moscow" -- a gift of peace from the children of Maui to the children of Moscow. The following year, Marty and his new reggae band performed for an international audience at "Moscow meets Maui" - a concert on Maui that honored the Soviet students Marty befriended while in Russia.
In 1992, Marty Dread released his first smash hit, "Wicked Wahine", which skyrocketed to the top of the Hawaiian charts.
In 1994, Marty launched his own record label, Five Corners Music, with the release of "Versatile Roots" -- which included a duet with Kris Kristofferson. The famed songwriter/actor was so impressed after sharing a concert bill with Marty, that Kristofferson offered to lend a hand in the studio, resulting in the song, "Reggae Blues".
Marty Dread's popularity got another boost in 1996 with the release of "Reggae for Love". That same year three of Marty Dread's songs were featured in the international motion picture release, "Maui Heat".
In 1997, Marty Dread released his first live album, "Marty Dread Live!". In 2000, Marty Dread released his fifth album, "Keiki Reggae" (aka Reggae for Children) with music tracks that include school children from throughout Maui County.
Album #6 was released December 2001 -- "On The Beach". In 2003, Marty Dread released a collection of hits from the first ten years of his recording career, plus six previously unreleased songs, and continued to tour far and wide.
With music and purpose, Marty Dread is poised for the future as Maui's premier Reggae Ambassador.