"Lingerie" - soon to be released
Every now and then, an artist comes along with a style that is reminiscent of legends, yet possesses a gift that the world has not yet seen or heard. A manifestation of music that touches the soul cleverly intertwined with lyrics that deal with the realities of life, love, and the heart. Marq Dean is an artist that possesses these talents. As rhythm and blues has entered into the 21st century, it has been questionable whether or not this genre of music will last. However, as an up-and-coming male singer, songwriter, and producer, Marq Dean is solid proof that R&B has a very bright future.
Marq Dean was born in Tuskegee, Alabama. During this particular time, Tuskegee was home to the supergroup, The Commodores and later Lionel Richie. According to Dean, “Growing up during that time in Tuskegee, there was no way you could not have been influenced by them. The Commodores served and still serve as a constant reminder that with hard work, dedication, and persistence, I will take my place in the music industry.”
Being an only child, Dean sought music as a form of self-entertainment. His parents encouraged his interests in music at an early age. Dean adds, “Both my Mother and Father could sing well, and I had cousins that played drums. So, I wanted to learn how to play, and within a short period of time, I was playing drums.” In addition to playing drums, Marq Dean taught himself to play the piano by ear before age 12.
As far as his vocal talents are concerned, Marq Dean started singing in the church and in his high school choirs. It was in high school that Dean started his quest to break into the recording industry. “I was in numerous groups back in high school. We were pretty good, but we just did not have the guidance in place to take us where we needed to be.” says Dean.
After graduating from high school, he received a choral scholarship at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama. Jumping at the opportunity to take his gift and love for music to the next level, Marq Dean eagerly accepted the scholarship. It turned out to be one of the best decisions he ever made because the scholarship provided an opportunity to be formally trained in different areas of music. He also had the privilege of opening for such stars as Patti Labelle, Brian McKnight, Goodie Mob, Syleena Johnson, Carl Thomas, Norman Brown, and Phil Perry. “Being exposed to and studying different kinds of music such as jazz, be-bop, classical, and gospel gave me a deeper sense of what I wanted to do with my music. I think that I have taken different elements from all of these types of music in developing my style,” says Marq Dean. He began to learn more about the business side of the music industry so that he could be a self-contained artist. After graduating cum laude from college, Dean decided to vigorously pursue his career in music.
The music industry has been waiting on Marq Dean to arrive. He also adds the title of "actor" to his resume after playing the role of "Nat" in the John Sayles directed motion picture, “The Honeydripper,” starring Danny Glover, Keb Mo, and Charles "Roc" Dutton. He was also a featured actor in the four part miniseries, “Murder In Black and White,” which aired on TV One. He also made an appearance in the motion picture, Flight, starring Denzel Washington.
After years of paying dues and polishing his craft, the wait is over. His music is blessed with the power of illustration and emotion. Marq Dean is ready to share his vision and his music with the rest of world. Look for his new single, “LINGERIE,” coming soon on JIBARO/HITSEEKERS ENT.
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