Marty James

Marty James (born Marty James Garton, Jr.) is an American singer-songwriter and record producer who was born in Woodland, California.[1]

Marty James
Background information
OriginChico, California, United States
GenresLatin, Pop, Hip Hop, Soul
Occupation(s)Songwriter, Record Producer, Performer
InstrumentsVocals, keyboard, Programming (music)
Years active2000-present
LabelsLow Post, Grand Royal, Avatar Records, Mercury, Island Def Jam, theMpire
Associated actsScapegoat Wax, One Block Radius, Luis Fonsi, Enrique Iglesias
WebsiteMarty James on Twitter

He has released albums and singles as the front man and producer of Scapegoat Wax and One Block Radius.[2][3] James co-wrote the English-language remix of Luis Fonsi's Despacito, which featured Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber. The song went on to top charts in both English- and Spanish-speaking parts of the world, won a Latin Grammy, and was nominated for three Grammys.[4]



Best Record 2018 – Despacito (Co-Writer) – Nominated

Best Song 2018 – Despacito (Co-Writer) – Nominated

Best Pop-Duo – Despacito (Co-Writer) – Nominated

Latin Grammys[10]

Best Urban Fusion/Performance – Despacito (Co-Writer) – Won

American Music Awards[11]

Collaboration of the Year – Despacito (Co-Writer) – Won

Favorite Pop/Rock Song – Despacito (Co-Writer) – Won

Billboard Music Awards[12]

Top Hot 100 Song – Despacito (Co-Writer) – Won

Top Streaming Song (Audio) – Despacito (Co-Writer) – Nominated

Top Streaming Song (Video) – Despacito (Co-Writer) – Won

Top Selling Song – Despacito (Co-Writer) – Won

Top Collaboration – Despacito (Co-Writer) – Won

Top Latin Song – Despacito (Co-Writer) – Nominated

Billboard Latin Music Awards[13]

Hot Latin Song of the Year – Despacito (Co-Writer) – Won

Hot Latin Song of the Year (Vocal Event) – Despacito (Co-Writer) – Won

Airplay Song of the Year – Despacito (Co-Writer) – Won

Digital Song of the Year – Despacito (Co-Writer) – Won

Streaming Song of the Year – Despacito (Co-Writer) – Won

Latin Pop Song of the Year – Despacito (Co-Writer) – Nominated


Select Guest Appearances

Year Title Artist(s) Album
2006 “I Wear My Sunglasses at Night” The Federation feat. E-40
2007 “Another Day” Luckyiam Most Likely to Succeed
“Half a Dream” Mr. J Medeiros Of Gods and Girls
2008 “Next to You” Mike Jones The Voice
“The Time” The Grouch Show You the World
2009 “Get That Money” Far East Movement Animal
“I Grind” Paul Wall Fast Life
“Denial” The Grouch and Eligh Say G&E
2010 “Fantasy Girl” Baby Bash Bashtown
“Contact” Drop City Yacht Club
“Rick Rock Horns” E-40 Revenue Retrivin’: Day Shift
“New Year’s Eve” Snoop Dogg
“Suffocate” Eligh Grey Crow
2011 “Fried” feat. Tech N9ne E-40 Revenue Retrievin’: Graveyard Shift
“El Lay” Snoop Dogg Doggumentary
“Dancing on My Own” Pixie Lott Young Foolish Happy
“Test of Time” Zion I and The Grouch Heroes in the Healing of a Nation
“Elevator Love” The Rej3ctz

Select Writing/Production Credits

Year Group Song Album Role
2008 Baby Bash “What is it” feat. Sean Kingston Cyclone Writer
Mike Jones “Next to You” Writer
2009 MoZella “Four Leaf Clover” Belle Island Producer
“Let’s Stop Calling it Love”
“Uh-Uh” Producer / Vocals
2011 Iyaz “Pretty Girls” feat. Travie McCoy Writer
2012 Cover Drive “Lick Ya Down” Bajan Style Writer
Chris Rene “Young Homie” I’m Right Here Producer
2013 Fantasia “In Deep” Side Effects of You Writer
Sean Kingston “Back 2 Life (Live it Up)” feat. T.I. Back 2 Life
“How We Survive” feat. Busta Rhymes
“Ordinary Girl”
2014 Enrique Iglesias “Heart Attack” Sex and Love Writer
“I’m a Freak” feat. Pitbull
“Let Me Be your Lover” feat. Pitbull
“Only a Woman”
“Still your King”
“There Goes my Baby” feat. Flo Rida
“You and I”
Jason Derulo “With the Lights on” Tattoos/Talk Dirty Writer
2015 The Janoskians “MoodSwings” Writer
Sean Paul “Bust It” The Perfect Guy Motion Picture Soundtrack Writer
Nicky Jam and Enrique Iglesias “Forgiveness” (El Perdon) Writer
Akon “Burning Alive” Writer
Empire Season 2 “Runnin” Writer
2016 Jay Sean feat. Sean Paul “You Make My Love Go” Writer
Red One feat. Enrique Iglesias, Shaggy, R. City, Seerayah “Don’t You Need Somebody” Writer
Afrojack feat. Ty Dolla $ign “Gone” Writer
Dirty Heads “So Long” Writer
Marteen “Draymond” Writer
2017 Nelly “Sounds Good to Me” Writer
Jack & Jack “All Weekend Long” Writer
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber “Despacito Remix” Writer
Enrique Iglesias feat. Sean Paul “Subeme la Radio (Remix)” Writer
2018 Enrique Iglesias feat. Pitbull “Move to Miami” Writer
Marteen “Nothankyou” Nothankyou. Writer
"Left to Right"
"Two Days"
"We Cool"
Nicky Jam feat. Will Smith, Era Istrefi "Live it Up" Writer
Sublime with Rome "Wicked Heart" Writer


  1. Staff (April 15, 2018). "Grammy Nominee Marty Garton has Roots in Dixon". Independent Voice.
  2. Wilson, MacKenzie (2011). Scapegoat Wax - Biography. Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-07-26
  3. Birchmeier, Jason (2011). One Block Radius - Biography. Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-07-26
  4. Atkinson, Katie (January 28, 2018). "Grammys 2018 Winners: The Complete List". Billboard.
  5. Scharaga, Ashiah (December 13, 2017). "Grammy-Nominated Songwriter, Producer has Chico Roots". Chico Enterprise-Record.
  6. Aversionline, Andrew (November 17, 2014). "Marty James Should be a Household Name". Aversion Online.
  7. Jost, Matt (December 20, 2005). "One Block Radius: Long Story Short". Rap Reviews.
  8. Staff (September 8, 2017). "'Despacito' Co-Writer Says Hit Proves Trump Is 'Small Minded,' 'Hispanic Culture Not Going Anywhere".
  9. C., Joey (September 8, 2017). "Despacito Remix: Luis Fonsi". Kiss El Paso.
  10. France, Lisa Respers (November 17, 2017). "Latin Grammys 2017: The Winners". CNN.
  11. Diaz, Thathiana (November 20, 2017). "Record Breaking Despacito Wins Two Awards at AMA". People.
  12. Staff (May 22, 2018). "'Despacito' is Latin Song with Most Billboard Music Awards". Entertainment Flow.
  13. Downs, Ray (April 27, 2018). "'Despacito' Wins Big at 2018 Latin Billboard Awards".
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