Marcus Singletary

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Marcus Singletary
Marcus Singletary
Marcus Singletary
Background information
BornChicago, Illinois, United States
GenresRock, progressive rock, jazz, jazz fusion
Occupation(s)Musician, producer, songwriter, singer, radio personality, author
Instrument(s)Bass guitar, guitar, electric guitar, drums, piano
Years active2000–present

Marcus Singletary is an American media personality and musician. A prolific entertainer, he has released many albums as a solo artist, and appeared on several radio and television programs.[1] An article published in Illinois Entertainer cited Marcus Singletary as an early pioneer within the home recording revolution of the 2000s.[2]


Singletary was born in Chicago, Illinois.[3] He began playing several instruments from an early age, and later described the era as one spent listening to classic rock radio and hanging out at a local record shop.[4][5]

A unique blend of styles have been apparent within Singletary's recording career. Take Me Out to the Ball Game (2008), which consisted largely of improvisational guitar solos, was compared, by critics, to legends like Jimi Hendrix,[6][7] the Rocks compilation (2006) was a "recorded blues resume" containing early cuts and highlights,[8] and Smokin' (2011) paired him with a powerhouse backing band including Chet McCracken, a Grammy nominee and former member of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band The Doobie Brothers, on drums.[9][10] Others, including Defiance Science (2015) and Subversive Blues (2016), were displays of his talents on all instruments.[11][12]

In reference to his work as a songwriter, he said, "The characters I write about represent different aspects of real people. They make their choices, live with their decisions, and find inspiration in the aftermath."[13][14]


Marcus Singletary studied jazz guitar and audio engineering at Musician's Institute, and is a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Communication.[15]


Singletary formed the independent record label Aviation Records in 2006. It focused on Americana, fusion, and progressive rock. He and the label were awarded a California small business grant by Governor Gavin Newsom and the State Legislature in February, 2021. In an interview, he said, "Eventually, our collective attention will turn away from the pandemic, just as audiences’ tastes in popular music change, over time. This opportunity ensures that we will continue to press on with our goals of teaching the world about - and placing a modern spin on - some important forms of music that have, in recent times, been largely ignored."[16][17]

Multimedia Work[edit]

Marcus Singletary interviews and performances have aired on television networks including CBS, CNN, and FOX.[18] As an author, he has contributed to such publications as Examiner and Guitar 9.[19][20]

He hosted the radio program Far Out Flavors in 2016; it was broadcast on Southern California NBC affiliate KCAA-FM.[21][22] Highlights were featured on the 2017 EP Daydream Station.[23]

Marcus Singletary has voiced radio advertisements for companies including Disc Makers, Carrie's Barbecue Restaurant, and[24] He produced and scored the 2019 experimental short film The Sebhedris Experience. It combined kaleidoscopic images with ambient music from the instrumental soundtrack Journey to Sebhedris.[25][26]


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "5 TV Appearances - Marcus Singletary". YouTube. Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Price Point: Chicago Studios Adapt to the Home Recording Revolution". Illinois Entertainer. Retrieved 1 February 2006.
  3. ^ "Marcus Singletary Biography". Alexa. Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  4. ^ "Daydream Station". Marcus Singletary Online. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Radio and Records". YouTube. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Marcus Singletary - Take Me Out to the Ball Game Review". Sea of Tranquility. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
  7. ^ Eldredge, David. "Take Me Out to the Ball Game CD Review". Illinois Entertainer. Retrieved 2 March 2009.
  8. ^ Scales, Jason. "Marcus Singletary Rocks CD Review". Illinois Entertainer. Retrieved 29 September 2006.
  9. ^ Smith, Simon (30 May 2011). "Marcus Singletary Smokin' CD Review". Higher Plain Music. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
  10. ^ Simms, Kelley. "Smokin' CD Review". Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  11. ^ Neudorf, Jon. "Marcus Singletary - Defiance Science". Sea of Tranquility. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  12. ^ Ryan, Paul. "Marcus Singletary - Science Defiance". Pure M-zine. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  13. ^ "Experiencing a Crisis in Life? Marcus Singletary's Start Something Resolves It". North American Report. Retrieved 2 December 2022.
  14. ^ "Marcus Singletary - Start Something album press release (August 2022)". WFNZ FOX 43. Retrieved 2 December 2022.
  15. ^ "Marcus Singletary on LinkedIn". LinkedIn. Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  16. ^ "Singletary Receives COVID-19 Relief Grant". Daily Herald. Retrieved 22 November 2021.
  17. ^ "Singletary Receives COVID-19 Relief Grant, Vows to Press On". Star Tribune. Retrieved 22 November 2021.
  18. ^ "5 TV Appearances - Marcus Singletary". YouTube. Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  19. ^ Singletary, Marcus. "Randy Holden Interview". Guitar 9. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  20. ^ Singletary, Marcus. "Phil Manning Interview". Guitar 9. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  21. ^ "Far Out Flavors on KCAA Radio". Far Out Flavors' KCAA Page. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  22. ^ "Far Out Flavors on KCAA Radio". KCAA Archive. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  23. ^ "Daydream Station". Marcus Singletary Online. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  24. ^ "7 Radio Commercials - Marcus Singletary". YouTube. Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  25. ^ "The Sebhedris Experience on IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  26. ^ "Marcus Singletary on IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 29 March 2020.