Min. Dr. Martin O. Cornwell
Where do you start when recognizing this enormously talented gentleman’s long list of accomplishments and endeavors? He starts by giving thanks, first to God, and then to his sister Betty Hunter, who got him involved with music at a very early age. His sister was a member of a female singing group that used to practice at his mother’s house in Southwest Washington D.C. He used to sit on the steps and listen to them for hours practicing their songs and vocal harmonies. By the age of twelve He could construct all of the different vocal ranges from first tenor to bass. It was also at the age of twelve that this musical legend obtained his first guitar. And the rest is history. During his teenage years Dr. Martin, along with his brother Montgomery Cornwell and two other childhood friends formed a group called The Four Ladders covering all of the Five Stairsteps songs. They won countless talent shows. In addition, while attending Randall Jr. High School he met Jerry Cummings and Gregory Cook. They also won numerous school talent shows. As a result, all three of them were catapulted into professional music careers. Gregory Cook went on to join the Unifics, and Jerry and Martin went on to join the world-renowned Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE International Recording Artist, Martin O. Cornwell, Jr., is the former bandleader and lead guitarist for the world-renowned Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. He has travelled the world sharing the stage with innumerable giants in the music industry. He has been featured in Billboard Magazine. He is a consummate guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, producer, music director and bandleader, and has played on multiple gold and platinum albums. As a performer, Dr. Cornwell has a wealth of credits as a Guitarist. Some of the artists he has shared the stage with include: The Temptations Tavares The Manhattans Ray Goodman and Brown Kool and the Gang Aretha Franklin Peabo Bryson The Ojays The Spinners The Stylistics The Delfonics Chaka Khan Stevie Wonder The Average White Band Sly And The Family Stone Bloodstone Frankie Beverly And Maze The Three Degrees Blue Magic The Dramatics Al Jarreau Manhattan Transfer The Impressions LTD Howard Hewett Ohio Players Parliament Funkadelic War Some of the venues that Dr. Cornwell has played include: New York’s famed Carnegie Hall Waldorf Astoria Madison Square Garden The Legendary Apollo Theater London, England Tokyo, Japan Rio DeJaneiro, Brazil The Virgin Islands Jamaica Puerto Rico Berlin, Germany Albums he has played on include: Now Is the Time The Blue Album Featuring Sharon Paige All Things Happen In Time Gold albums he has played on include: To Be True Wake Up Everybody Reaching For The World Platinum albums he has played on Include: To Be True Wake Up Everybody He also co-produced and arranged “A Change Has Come Over Me” recorded by his wife Dr. Ginger Cornwell (musically known as Ginger On Sax). He currently has a rendition of Richard Smallwood’s “Center of My Joy” that can be acquired at cdbaby.com/martincornwell, iTunes, and Amazon.
Martin began attending church at an early age at New Bethany Baptist Church at 1300 10th Street, NW, Washington, DC. He was baptized there at the age of 5 under the leadership of Pastor John J. Koger. Martin sang with the youth choir. He was also a member of the Usher Ministry. As an adult Martin has ministered with the Kingsmen of Ebenezer AME Church. He’s been a guitarist with Greater Saint John Church in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Meridian Hill Baptist Church, Good Success Christian Ministries, and Imani Temple On Capitol Hill. He is currently a Minister on staff and a Guitarist at Israel Total Life Ministries under the leadership of Bishop Larry D. Palmer. He is also the Guitarist and vocalist for “The Fellowship” under the leadership of Pastor Jerome Allen Bell. He is the CEO of The Music-N-You Productions. He is also the Music Director for the award-winning “Sing To The King” Television Showcase. Dr. Martin has travelled nationally ministering in song at countless locations. His R&B/Jazz style has infiltrated the gospel music industry. His silky, soothing, soulful voice, along with his emotional guitar riffs, combined with the anointing of the blessed Holy Spirit penetrate the core of one’s being and reaches the hearts of God’s people.
For years, Dr. Martin has selflessly shared his music gift with others. He has taught others how to play and sing without compensation. He has composed songs, perfomed for fundraisers, ministered at healthcare facilities, visited the sick and shut-in, just to name a few. He teaches the bible and preaches throughout the community. He currently works with preschool and elementary school children, with the intent of instilling core values.