|Origin||Chestertown, Maryland, United States|
|Labels||Black Honey Records, Beave Music, Mesa/Bluemoon|
Marlon Saunders is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. A professor of voice at Berklee College of Music, Marlon has two solo recordings on his independent label, Black Honey Records: the improvisational A Groove So Deep: The Live Sessions and 2003's critically acclaimed Enter My Mind. Marlon continues to write, sing and produce with the acclaimed acid-jazz band, Jazzhole. He co-produced and co-wrote Love 360, the debut jazzy soul project from April Hill released in fall of 2007. His own highly anticipated new soul recording, Birth of Revelation, will be released later this year.
As a session and touring singer, Marlon has toured with Bobby McFerrin as a member of his world-renowned vocal group, Voicestra. He has shared the stage with the incredible jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves, recorded/toured with Joe Henderson, Ron Carter, Shawn Colvin, Nine Inch Nails, Billy Joel, Jane Siberry, Shania Twain, Vanessa Williams, Julee Cruise, Sting, Martha Wash, Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Freddie Jackson, Jeffrey Osbourne, Tramaine Hawkins, Peabo Bryson, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Ronald K. Brown.
He has contributed to the video game scene as well, particularly games made by Sega. He is best known for doing vocals on both versions of Knuckles' theme, "Unknown From M.E." in Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2. Marlon also performs on the soundtrack to the Burning Rangers game, singing one of the ending songs, "We are Burning Rangers". He also performed a Christmas a cappella version of "Dreams Dreams", the theme from Nights into Dreams, with a small vocal ensemble that can be heard during the ending credits of Christmas Nights as well as on its soundtrack.
- Enter My Mind (2003)
- A Groove So Deep (2005)
- The Jazzhole (February 22, 1994, Mesa/BlueMoon Recordings)
- …And the Feeling Goes Round (August 29, 1995, Mesa/BlueMoon Recordings)
- The Beat Is the Bomb! (Remixes) (June 18, 1996, Mesa/BlueMoon Recordings)
- Blackburst (February 29, 2000, Beave Music)
- Circle of the Sun (November 1, 2002, Beave Music)
- Poet's Walk (July 13, 2006, Beave Music)
- Marlon Saunders Official Site
- Marlon Saunders on Myspace
- Marlon Saunders at AllMusic
- Jazzhole Official Site
- Jazzhole on Myspace