Martie Seidel, born Martha Elenor Erwin in York, Pennsylvania on October 12th 1969, began her musical career before the The Chicks were formed in 1989. She began playing classical violin at age 5. As teens, Martie & her sister, Emily Strayer, were in a Bluegrass band named "Blue Night Express". She has 2 sisters - older sister Julia Erwin and younger sister Emily Strayer (who's married to singer-songwriter Charlie Robison). Martie and Emily began the The Chicks, along with former members Robin Lynn Macy (vocals, guitar) & Laura Lynch (vocals, bass) before current singer Natalie Maines joined in 1995. The current The Chicks lineup were recently featured in a TV movie, Dixie Chicks on the Fly (2000). It was mainly a concert show showcasing Martie, Emily & Natalie's incredible vocal & instrumental talents. Martie and the other The Chicks have 2 songs featured in the 1999 Julia Roberts/Richard Gere film Runaway Bride (1999). One of the tunes, "Ready To Run", was co-written by Martie. Her hobbies include shopping, golfing and bowling.