“Somebody is looking after me”, showbiz singer realised
Bitten by the “Show Biz” bug at a young age, Marty Goetz never thought his dreams of Broadway would lead him to sing psalms to the Messiah his Jewish culture had rejected.
As a shy boy growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, Marty says his early years centred heavily on Jewish tradition, describing it as “like little Israel”.
He learnt Hebrew, read the Torah, which is the first five books of the Bible, and worshipped at his family’s synagogue until enrolling at university, to pursue his interest in performing arts.
“That’s where I got into show business, and once I was bitten by the show biz bug, that was it,” he says.
He went on the road to pursue his dreams in New York City with another young musician who became a Christian while they were there.
“I just wanted to get as far away from him as I could, because I couldn’t stand the whole Jesus thing,” he says.
Even after their act broke up, Marty says he began to notice more and more Christians showing up in his life.
On a visit to his parents during his travels he stumbled upon a big family Bible and his curiosity got the better of him.
“I picked up that Bible, stuffed it in a knapsack, and took it to L.A. with me, and I started reading it,” he says.
“Things started happening around me that made me just start looking up [at God]. I thought: somebody seems to be taking care of me here.”
Marty turned to the Bible for answers or loopholes and tried hard to figure out whether Jesus was who He said He was.
“If He was going to be my Lord, He had to be the Jewish Messiah,” he says.
“Then I started to read the first lines in Matthew, that He was the Son of David and the Son of Abraham.”
The more Marty read about Jesus’ flawless life, teachings and His cruel death on a cross as penalty for the world’s wrong doing, the more curious he became.
“I started to think, what do I have against this person? And the more I read about Him, the more I liked Him,” he says.
The lineage of Jesus, Old Testament stories and fulfilled prophecies also began to build a strong case in his mind until one night, as he sat alone on a friend’s balcony, he says he realised that “the Jesus of the New Testament was the Messiah my people have been longing for”.
He decided to go along to church with a friend and when the pastor invited people to accept Jesus as the Saviour and Lord of their lives.
“He asked for whoever wanted to receive Jesus, and I walked up,” says Marty. “That began my walk with the Lord.”
From there he continued to pursue his passion for performance, acting in plays, playing piano for recording artist Debbie Boone. At a wedding in California, he met his manager-wife Yaffee who he calls his “biggest encourager”. They now have a daughter Danyel Misha.
In 1991, he was asked to perform at a New York event held by Billy Graham, and has since shared his music at dozens of churches around America.
These days some compare his melodies to the ballads of Broadway but he humbly labels himself a modern day psalmist.
Marty has been recording music steadily since 1985, and today lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Jennifer and their daughter Danyel Misha.