As a native of the Bluegrass State, Louisville, Kentucky, Marcus grew up with aspirations of becoming a pro football player, but his goals changed after having committed over 10+ years of his young life to the U.S. Navy. During this time, his love for jazz grew by listening and learning from the late Grover Washington, Jr., David Sanborn, Kirk Whalum, Najee, Dave Koz, the late saxophonists, Art Porter and George Howard. Marcus says on one account,” I became truly inspired by a phone call from the late George Howard. A conversation and experience I’ll never forget.” Marcus would find his way before Rebbie Jackson (a Sister of Jackson 5) and her family during a weekend show in Las Vegas.
Since then, Marcus has continued to travel and also perform locally in Jacksonville, Florida. To name a few notable events, Marcus performed for the Convoy of Hope, a Superbowl & NFL Sponsored Event. He has even opened up for Miles Jaye, R&B Artist. Notably, Marcus was the headliner for the Lincoln Foundation’s 19th Annual Night of Jazz Concert at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, located in Louisville, Ky.
Notably in July 2016, Marcus performed at the Derby City Jazz Festival in Louisville, Ky, which also featured jazz greats, Jeff Lorber, Mike Phillips, Brian Bromberg, Marion Meadows, Everette Harp, Jeff Bradshaw, Cindy Bradley, Marcus Johnson and The Urban Jazz Coalition, just to name a few. Most recently, Marcus had a great performance at the Jacksonville Seafood & Jazz Festival on May 25, 2018.
Marcus also received encouragement from famed percussionist Sheila E. and saxophonists, Nelson Rangell, Najee, and mentors, Joe Yorio & Mel Holder.
Marcus is set for a global release of his new single “Brand New Day”, which displays a fresh live band featuring Alissa and produced by Jonathan Fritzen, whom also performs on the single. This song will keep you locked in for more of Marcus’s music. Brand New Day will be released June 25th globally and to radio stations across the United States. Song Label: Twin Records.
As Marcus continues to perform, along with recording his next musical project, which is slated to be released Summer of 2018, a solid host of musicians, artists and producers have collaborated to deliver a fresh new hot collection of neo-soul/urban smooth jazz music that compliments Marcus at a whole new level.
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