Marcos Witt

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Marcos Witt
MarcosWitt Expo.jpg
Background information
Birth name Jonathan Mark Witt Holder
Born (1962-05-19) May 19, 1962 (age 52)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Occupations Pastor, Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Piano, Percussion
Years active 1986–present
Labels CanZion, Sony BMG
Website canzion.com/marcoswitt
Notable instruments
Voice
Piano
Percussion

Marcos Witt (born May 19, 1962) is an American five-time Latin Grammy Award-winning Christian singer, composer and pastor.

Biography[edit]

Marcos Witt is the second born of three children to Jerry and Nola Witt, a young American missionary couple. The Witt family moved to Durango, México, in 1960 and they started a missionary outreach. Jerry was shot down from his small aircraft in 1964 while dropping gospels of St. John over small villages in Mexico. Jerry's wife, Nola Witt, continued the mission work after his death. Some years later, she remarried Frank Warren. Together they began to build new churches in Durango, México. The couple had two children, twin daughters Nolita and Lorena Warren.

Marcos Witt' education began with basic studies at the American School of Durango. He then studied classical music at the University of Juarez (Durango, México) and eventually he started his theological studies at the International Bible College in San Antonio, Texas. Currently[when?], Witt is working towards his masters degree at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

His daughter, Elena Witt, sang "Cristo, Amante de mi Alma" on the album "Alegria."

Career[edit]

In 1986, Witt founded CanZion Producciones when he recorded his first project, “Canción a Dios”. He has recorded 30 projects that are available on cassette, CD, and DVD. Witt has sold over 27,000,000 copies of his records in México, the United States and Latin America.[1]

In 1994, Witt founded CanZion Institute, a school dedicated to the preparation of worship leaders and music ministers. Twenty years later there are over 3,000 students attending the 28 campuses of the Institute in 10 different countries throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe.[2]

Witt has written ten books including Adoremos, which has been translated to English, Portuguese and French, and Qué hacemos con estos músicos in Portuguese. Between 2009 and 2012, more than 3,000,000 people have attended Witt's concerts in some of the main venues of Latin America. Concerts have been held in such places as "El Estadio Veléz Sarsfield" in Argentina, "Figali Convention Center" in Panama,"El Estadio Nacional de Cuzcatlán" in El Salvador, "El Estadio Monumental" in Ecuador, "El Estadio El Campín" in Colombia, "El Palacio de los Deportes" and "El Estadio Azteca" in México City.

In 2001, Witt received the Award by the People for his "outstanding musical career"; the award was presented by Ritmo Latino.[citation needed]

Starting in 2002, for ten years he served as pastor of the Spanish Christian congregation at the megachurch Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.[3] Witt frequently[clarification needed] visits the White House for events as a representative of the evangelical Hispanic Community.[4]

In September 2003, Witt received a Latin Grammy award in the category of Best Christian Album, for “Sana Nuestra Tierra” (“Heal Our Land”). In November of that same year, he recorded “Recordando Otra Vez” (“Remembering Once Again”), at the LA Sports Arena. This recording brought CanZion into the secular market because of its distribution agreement with Sony.

In 2004, Marcos received his second Latin Grammy for Best Christian Album for the recording of “Recordando Otra Vez”.

On November 2, 2006, Witt received his third Latin Grammy for Best Christian Album for the recording of "Dios es Bueno" (God is Good).

On October 31, 2006, he released "Alegría" (Joy) which was recorded live in Chile. On April 26, 2007, the album "Alegría" won a Latin Billboard Award for Best Christian/Gospel Album of the Year. On October 2, 2007, Witt released "Sinfonía del Alma" (Symphony from the Soul). which he recorded and dedicated for his father who had died a year earlier.

On November 8, 2007, Witt received his fourth Latin Grammy for Best Christian Album for the recording of "Alegría" (Joy).

On November 15, 2012, Witt received his fifth Latin Grammy for Best Christian Album for the recording of "25 Concierto Conmemorativo" (25 Memorial Concert).

Personal life[edit]

In 1986, Marcos married Miriam Lee and together they have four children. The couple's oldest child, Elena, is married to singer Harold Guerra, who is signed to Canzion Records, the recording company that was founded by Marcos Witt.[5]

Discography[edit]

Year of Release Title Label
1986 Canción a Dios CanZion
1988 Adoremos! CanZion
Sony Music
1990 Proyecto AA CanZion
Word
1992 Tú y Yo CanZion
Word
1992 Te Anhelo CanZion
Word
1992 Te Exaltamos Hosanna! Music
1993 Poderoso CanZion
1994 Lo Mejor de Marcos CanZion
1994 ¡Alabadle! CanZion
1995 Recordando... Una Misma Senda CanZion
1996 Venció CanZion
1996 Es Navidad CanZion
1998 Preparad el Camino CanZion
1998 Lo Mejor de Instrumentales CanZion
1998 Lo Mejor de Marcos II CanZion
1999 Enciende Una Luz CanZion
2000 Homenaje a Jesús CanZion
2000 Vencéu CanZion
2000 El Volverá CanZion
2001 Vivencias CanZion
2001 Sana Nuestra Tierra CanZion
2002 El Encuentro CanZion
2003 Lo Mejor de Marcos III CanZion
2003 Dios de Pactos CanZion
Sony Discos
2003 Amazing God CanZion
2004 Recordando Otra Vez CanZion
2004 Tiempo de Navidad CanZion
2004 Antología CanZion
Sony Discos
2005 Dios es Bueno CanZion
2005 Christmas Time CanZion
2006 Alegría CanZion
2007 Sinfonía del Alma CanZion
Vene Music
2008 Sobrenatural CanZion
Vene Music
2009[6] En Adoración CanZion
Vene Music
2010 Sólo para bebés CanZion
Kids
2011 25 Concierto Conmemorativo CanZion
2014 Sigues Siendo Dios CanZion

Bibliography[edit]

Awards[edit]

Latin Grammy Awards
GMA Dove Awards
Year Award Result
2005 Spanish Album of the Year (Recordando Otra Vez) Nominated
Spanish Album of the Year (Tiempo de Navidad) Nominated
2006 Spanish Album of the Year (Dios es Bueno) Nominated
2007 Spanish Album of the Year (Alegría) Nominated
2009 Spanish Album of the Year (Sobrenatural) Nominated
AMCL Awards
Premios AMCL

Premios AMCL

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/marcos-witt-on-the-change-in-music-and-lyrics-of-worship-among-hispanics/ Marcos Witt on the change in music and lyrics of worship among hispanics, Calvin Institute, November 21, 2013
  2. ^ Joy to the World, Inspirational Christmas Messages from America's Preachers, 2006, Olivia Cloud (ed)
  3. ^ http://www.canzion.com/marcoswitt/index_eng.html Marcos Witt web site, press release, Sept 2012
  4. ^ Joy to the World, Inspirational Christmas Messages from America's Preachers, 2006, Olivia Cloud (ed)
  5. ^ Aliaga, Esly Felipe (August 2009). "Conexion Musical". Fuerza Latina (in spanish). 
  6. ^ "Marcos Witt en Adoracion". All Music. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 

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