Marty was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. He is the oldest son of American music icon Merle Haggard, who Marty considers to be “the best country singer/songwriter ever”.
In 1979, Marty began touring with his own band, then in 1981 signed with Dimension Records and released the single “Charleston Cotton Mill”, which spent three weeks on the Hot Country Songs charts in 1981.
At his father’s request, Marty joined his dad’s road band, in which he sang harmony and played rhythm guitar, from 1982 to 1984.
In 1986, he signed with MTM Records and released “Trains Make Me Lonesome”, a song and video which garnered him a nomination as Best New Male Vocalist from the Academy of Country Music. Shortly after the awards show, Marty was injured in a car accident suffering a serious head injury, including memory loss, requiring four years of recovery.
In the early 90s, Marty signed with Critique/BMG and released the album “Borders and Boundaries”. The song and video of “Here in the Afterlife” was released, followed by “Amnesia”.
Marty has made multiple appearances on Nashville Now, Music City Tonight, Crook & Chase, The Today Show, and the Grand Ole Opry.
In 1999, Marty made a decision to share his life-long passion and love for Jesus Christ. He spent 10 years travelling to churches all across the country. He recorded the album “One Prayer Away” compiled of his original spiritual songs.
Marty’s love for his dad and his dad’s “real country” music inspired him to begin a project “A Tribute to Merle Haggard, My Dad”. In 2010, he cut the first album in his tribute, consisting of 15 Hag classics. In 2010/2011 he performed at the Oak Ridge Boy’s Theatre and Clay Cooper Theatre in Branson, Missouri. In 2011 he also recorded his second Tribute album to his dad. Marty has spent the last six years performing all over the United States and Canada, plus England, Ireland and Scotland. He also performs yearly in Casa Grande, Arizona at the Paramount Theatre.
He has recently recorded an album of his original songs titled “In America”.