After Martèn completed his degree at the Rotterdam Conservatory as a Hammond organist and music performance major in 1983, he began his career as a record producer for well-known international artists and bands such as Samantha Fox and Susan Snyder. Best known for her role in the soap opera As The World Turns, Martèn produced Snyder’s solo singles, also used in the popular serial drama as background music. By the same token, Martèn produced the Socaboy’s hit song Follow The Leader, which became a number-one single in the Netherlands, topped the charts in the United States, South America and other European countries, and continues to be well played around the world today. Around this same period, Martèn also worked as a demonstrator and pioneer in the field of synthesizers at Roland Japan, based in Belgium.
Martèn LeGrand is the stage name of Dutch musician and pianist Maarten de Groot, born January 4, 1963.. At current he is self-employed as travelling pianist, composer and producer. The two compositions featured in this story are ‘Those Moments in Life’ & ‘Fields of Lavender’.