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Should I Run

by Kristen Martell

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Kristen Martell Announces Forthcoming Record with New Single ‘SHOULD I RUN’

Opening with the familiar gentle sound of Kristen’s warm acoustic guitar, ‘Should I Run’ soars into orchestral folk pop territory with lush vocal layers, dynamic arrangements and driving percussion. It’s a bold new track that offers us a glimpse of what is to come from the continued collaborative effort with acclaimed songwriter turned Producer/Engineer Gabrielle Papillon and Dan Ledwell.

‘Should I Run’ chronicles the artist's internal struggle with dissociating in times of stress and conflict. ‘I wrote the song during a time when I started to become conscious of my habit of zoning out’ states Martell. ‘At some point in my life I learned it was easier to hide and numb my emotions than to speak up and be heard. It’s a common trauma response and I’m only now starting to uncover how it has influenced all aspects of my life’.

‘Should I Run’ is for anyone who has trouble speaking their needs. It’s for anyone who has learned to shrink in the face of adversity. It’s for those whose voices have not been heard. It’s for the recovering people-pleasers. It’s a reminder to stand still through the discomfort, for only then can a new outlook begin to unfold.



You know it’s time to turn the lights down low and take it slow.
When resentment dances on our lips and graces our skin.
With words thick as smoke and soft like ash, we choke in vain.
Unwanted visitors, our contempt brings only pain.

Should I run or should I hide. Take cover.
I cannot decide.
Should I run.
I cannot decide.

Up around the bend of good intentions.
Open skies and golden rays pour down again.
But it’s not long before we see the enemy.
In the distance they have their eyes on me.

Should I run or should I hide. Take cover.
I cannot decide.
Should I run.
I cannot decide.

Maybe the answers found in standing still

Should I run or should I hide. Take cover.
I cannot decide.
Should I run.
I cannot decide.


released June 1, 2022

Written by Kristen Martell.
Engineered and Produced by Gabrielle Papillon at Little Bug Studio

Drums recorded and engineered by Kirk Comstock at Comstock Studios

mixed by Daniel Ledwell at Echo Lake Studios
mastered by Andy McGoffin of House of Miracles
Photography by Beatrice Schuler of Vitamin Bea

Kristen Martell - vocals, backing vocals, guitar
Gabrielle Papillon - backing vocals, instrument programming and performance
Sean MacGillivray - backing vocals, bass
Nick Maclean - electric guitar
Jordi Comstock - drums and percussion

All songs Copyright SOCAN Kristen Martell

Funded in part by:
Music Nova Scotia and the Province of Nova Scotia
FACTOR and the Government of Canada


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Kristen Martell Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia

KRISTEN MARTELL, a bilingual folk/pop artist from Nova Scotia, crafts introspective songs reminiscent of Sarah McLachlan. Her latest album, 'Every Season,' nominated for the East Coast Music Awards, showcases her emotional depth. With numerous accolades, Kristen connects intimately with audiences through moving stories. Kristen's upcoming francophone single debuts in Feb 2024. ... more

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