About Martha Davis & The Motels

The voice is unique, unmistakable and timeless…Los Angeles Times’ Robert Hilburn called her “arguably the most charismatic female performer in rock”….

For Martha Davis, the most important thing has always been the songs she writes. Martha began writing songs at the age of 15. Born and raised in Berkeley, CA., she moved to Los Angeles in the early ‘70s, along with the first incarnation of The Motels. The band reformed in 1978 and was immediately signed to Capitol in 1979.

The Motels recorded six records for Capitol. Their self titled debut was greeted with positive critical reviews in 1979, and exploded in Australia on the strength of the #2 Pop single, ‘Total Control’ (which was later covered by Tina Turner for the We Are TheWorld album).   In 1981 their sophomore effort, Careful, went Top 50.

Then, in 1982,the Motels released All Four One…the smash single ‘Only The Lonely’ rocketed into the Top 10, immediately propelled the album to gold status  and truly broke The Motels in the United States. The group dominated the music scene and was voted Best Performance for ‘Only The Lonely’ at the 1982 American Music Awards.

1983’s Little Robbers album went gold on the Top 10 single ‘Suddenly Last Summer’and the second Top 40 hit ‘Remember The Nights’. In 1985 the Shock album yielded the Top 20 hit, ‘Shame’, and 1987 saw the release of Martha’s first solo effort, Policy.

In 1988, Martha took a sabbatical from the music scene, prompting the question “Where have you been?” “Looking for my sense of humor” she says “I seemed to have lost it somewhere around 1984. It’s not a business that one should be in without a sense of humor”. Though constantly writing, Martha left center stage to work on various collaborations with artists including Ivan Neville, Arthur Barrow (Frank Zappa), Jeff Daniel, Kiki Dee, Richard Feldman, written songs for a new musical for the Civic Light Opera, and a new musical of her own entitled Rebecca, and is now involved in producing a children’s music project.

In 2011, Omnivore Recordings released The Motels "lost album", Apocalypso, and it proceeded to win the "Best Reissue" at the Independent Music Awards.  Additionally, Martha has been back on the scene with her current The Motels touring band and plays regularly to packed houses.

Martha has many things on her plate for 2012 including dozens of The Motels concerts across the globe ... so keep checking back here on the Tour Dates page!


Disclaimer: This is an unofficial fan site for The Motels and is not officially affiliated with The Motels or Martha Davis.  
Top template photo by Kelli Udall.  Photo of Martha by Randy Simcox.