Watch: Martin Sexton honors the fallen stars of 2016 in amazing medley

Mark Schiff - AXS Contributor

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Martin Sexton will be bringing his 2016 mashup to the El Rey

Martin Sexton will be bringing his 2016 mashup to the El Rey

Courtesy of Martin Sexton

It has become cliche to point out that 2016 sucked, but for the music community, it truly felt like we were losing iconic artists at an accelerated rate last year. From the opening days of January when David Bowie passed through Christmas Day when we lost George Michael, the spectre of death loomed large over 2016.

Still, artists will always live on through their work and as the singer-songwriter Martin Sexton reminds us in a new video, there’s a stunning amount of classic material left behind by the musicians we lost last year. Posted to his Facebook page on January 8, the video finds Sexton stitching together over a half dozen of the best known songs from the many artists that passed in 2016, from Sharon Jones to Merle Haggard to Prince. The mashup not only serves as a vivid reminder of the original artist’s legacy but showcases Sexton’s own hugely impressive range.

The medley also makes sense given Martin Sexton’s background as a busker and troubador. Through his YouTube page, Sexton has released a series of cover songs shot at breathtaking locations all across America and his soulful voice and expert skill on the guitar allow him to effortlessly take on everything from the Grateful Dead to One Direction.

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