Singer, songwriter, and musician Devon Martin was born in England and then raised in Malton, Ontario, Canada. Music was an important part of young Devon's life from the beginning. By the time he was 14, he had put together a band of his own, Shock Waves. It was with this group that in 1977 he went into the recording studio for the first time. The result was the independent release of a debut single.
By 1983, Devon was working as part of another group, the 20th Century Rebels. The band performed often, appearing at folk festivals when ever it could. With this gathering, he recorded a self-titled album. Devon worked with a number of musicians during the next few years, performing as a backing act for other artists. Soon he had carried his dreams to the United States and began to find gigs there. In 1990, he made a solo single, "Mr. Metro," another independent effort. The controversial video he had made for the song stirred up some trouble, but won him a Video of the Year award from MuchMusic. In 1992, almost a decade after his last album, Devon landed a contract with the EMI Records label and finally recorded a debut solo album, It's My Name.