The Martins

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on July 15, 2001

I would like to know about recording artists, The Martins.
—David D., Arkansas

The Martins—Joyce Martin McCullough, Judy Martin Hess, and Jonathan Martin—grew up in Hamburg, Ark., (pop. 3,147) where they became a popular regional Christian music act. Their mother, Wylma, who also is a gifted singer, served as booster and vocal coach for her three children. She got a demo tape to the Gaither Vocal Band, and they soon were invited to attend a Gaither videotaping. In 1994, they were offered a deal with Spring Hill Music. Seven years and seven albums later, they have received a Grammy nomination and six Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association. They are known for such Christian hits as Out of His Great Love, Wherever You Are, and Grace. The siblings often are joined by their families while touring. Jonathan and wife Melinda have three children, Joyce and husband Harrie have one child, and Judy and husband Jake Hess Jr. have two children.