b. USA. The son of Nashville songwriter Glenn Martin, Tony studied communications at Brigham Young University, then worked for Time magazine in Chicago. Meanwhile, he was writing songs and when one was successful he settled into a songwriting career that brought him several hits. Among his songs are ‘I Keep Lookin’’, ‘Why Should I Care’, ‘No Place That Far’ and ‘You’ll Always Be My Baby’, all written in collaboration with Tom Shapiro and Sara Evans, the latter also recording them. Another song Martin wrote with Shapiro was ‘Third Rock From The Sun’. This was recorded by Joe Diffie, and prompted the title of a popular television situation comedy. With Mark Nesler and Josh Turner he wrote ‘Angels Fall Sometimes’, which Turner recorded. Also with Nesler he wrote ‘Just To See You Smile’ which was recorded by Tim McGraw and voted Billboard’s Most Played Country Song Of 1997. Martin was nominated for the 2002 Roughstock Country Music Awards as Songwriter Of The Year with three co-credits, tying for third place with Shapiro. With Shapiro and Diffie, he wrote ‘My Give A Damn’s Busted’, which was nominated as a 2005 entry in the NSAI’s Songwriter’s Achievements awards.
Songs composed by his father, Glenn Martin, include ‘It’s Not Love (But It’s Not Bad)’ and ‘Montego Bay’, written with Hank Cochran and recorded by Merle Haggard in 1973, and ‘Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone?’, written with Dave Kirby and recorded by Charley Pride and Mel Tillis.