Growing up in Detroit meant he was always open to musical diversity. He hung out with the MC5, opened for Bog Seger and Iggy Pop, but it was his passion for rocking blues that led him to Europe.
He quickly made an impact by opening for BB King at the Albert Hall and he hit the Euro festival circuit in support of a brace of British label rock/blues solo albums. Ironically for an exiled American musician, it led to one of his songs ‘One More Time’ appearing on the celebrated ‘Blueprint - Best of British Blues’ album.
His 2005 ‘Blue Radio’ album led to comparisons with Paul Rogers, while the following ‘Hurricane’ opened up the German and French markets for him. Better still, his fifth album, the soulful ‘Let The Sun Shine In’ was his first to receive full European distribution in recognition of his increasing profile.
A supreme vocal stylist who is equally at home singing blues/rock as he is soulfully phrasing heartfelt lyrics, Marcus’ ‘Stand Or Fall’ CD brought him well deserved critical recognition, as he was justifiably nominated for Best Recorded Session 2014 by European Blues Awards.
‘A Better Man’ which represents the pinnacle of his solo recording career and more importantly it captures the lightning in the bottle of a Marcus live performance. ‘A Better Man’ rocks out while also being deeply soulful. He funks things up, visits the kind of low down blues alley’s that makes the genre so durable and even includes a west coast psychedelic track that remarkably has given him multiple radio plays. ‘A Better Man’ on Redline records topped several ‘best of the year’ polls and he was also nominated as a finalist in the European Blues Awards.
Marcus has been nominated by the UK Blues Awards 2018 for Best Male Vocalist and by EU Blues awards for Best Vocalist and Best Album ‘A Better Man’ 2017. Marcus was no 5 most played artist 2017 UK IBBA charts.