Marcus Singletary

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Marcus Singletary
BornChicago, Illinois, United States
GenresRock, progressive rock, jazz, jazz fusion
Occupation(s)Musician, producer, songwriter, singer, radio personality
InstrumentsBass guitar, guitar, electric guitar, drums, piano
Years active2000–present
Websitewww.marcussingletary.com

Marcus Singletary is an American musician and media personality. A prolific entertainer, he has released many albums as a solo artist.

Music[edit]

Singletary was born in Chicago, Illinois.[1] 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.[2][3]

A large range of styles have been apparent within Singletary's music since the beginning of his 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,[4][5] the Rocks compilation (2006) was a "recorded blues resume" containing early cuts and highlights,[6] 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.[7][8] Others, including Defiance Science (2015) and Subversive Blues (2016), were displays of his talents on all instruments.[9][10]

Education[edit]

Singletary studied jazz guitar and audio engineering at Musician's Institute, and is a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Communication.[11][12]

Business[edit]

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 COVID-19 Relief 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."[12]

Multimedia Work[edit]

Singletary hosted the music/comedy radio program Far Out Flavors in 2016; it was broadcast on Southern California NBC affiliate KCAA-FM.[13][14] Highlights were featured on the 2017 EP Daydream Station.[15]Featuring a sports-themed format, the program was rebooted in 2020 as "Chest Fever, presented by Far Out Flavors," with Singletary providing voiceovers for National Football League Hall of Fame member profiles.[16]

Singletary directed, edited, and produced the 2019 experimental short film The Sebhedris Experience. It combined kaleidoscopic images with ambient music that appeared on the instrumental album Journey to Sebhedris.[17][18]

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[19][edit]

Year Album details[20]
2004 Angel City Shootout
  • Label: Aviation Records
  • Track Listing: Delta, Best in Me, Shame, Can't Ask For More, (You Can Call Me) Anytime, Saddleback, Come on Over to My Side, Come on Over to My Side, Baby (Live bonus track), Train, The Music's Playin', Super Tuesday, Lead the Way, Keep On Movin', Johnson's Farm, Signs of Life, WIthout Love (bonus track)
  • Credits: Marcus Singletary - Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Bass, Harmonica, Piano, Organ, Synthesizer, Drums, Vocals, Composer (all tracks), Producer. Mastering: Anthony Casuccio, Nancy Matter.
2008 Marcus Singletary
  • Label: Aviation Records
  • Track Listing: Start Something, Love is the Answer, Greenstone Pala, Say Can You See, Bound to Be, Shake the Ceiling, One More Funk Song
  • Credits: Marcus Singletary - Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Bass, Piano, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Vocals, Composer (all tracks), Producer. Stefano Ashbridge: Drums. Vincent Unto: Background Vocals. Ralph Parillo: Saxophone. Engineer: G. Preston Boebel. Post-Production: Erik Colvin. Mixing: Don Casale. Mastering: Anthony Casuccio.
2011 Smokin'
  • Label: Aviation Records
  • Track Listing: Can It Be Real, Meditate, Get the Dance Gene, Misty Morning, Psychedelic People, Farmer, Drop of a Hat, You Could Be Lucky
  • Credits: Marcus Singletary: Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Theremin, Vocals, Composer (1-3, 5-8), Producer. Chet McCracken - Drums. Cliff Starbuck - Bass. Vincent Unto, Renee Yalley: Background Vocals. Ralph Parillo, John "Motormouth" Lugo, Jeff Schweitzer, "Cuco" Lopez - Horn Section. Engineer/Post-Production: Erik Colvin. Mixing: Ross Pallone. Mastering: Anthony Casuccio.
2014 Defiance Science
  • Label: Aviation Records
  • Track Listing: Science, Party Like a Star, Shangri-Rock, In the Sand, Genovia, Lookin' Good, Gambler's Delight, Young Lady of Royalty, Tomorrow No
  • Credits: Marcus Singletary: Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Drums, Vocals, Composer (all tracks), Producer. Post-Production: Erik Colvin. Mixing: Jill Tengan. Mastering: Anthony Casuccio.
2016 Subversive Blues
  • Label: Aviation Records
  • Track Listing: Stand Your Ground, Astronaut's Daughter, Bonnie Wright, That's the Way It Is, White Rose Morningside, My Slave Life, Blessing of the Guru, Sex Blues, Dead Cops and Starfighters, The Hero Returns Home
  • Credits: Marcus Singletary: Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Harmonica, Synthesizer, Vocals, Composer (all tracks), Producer. Mastering: Anthony Casuccio; Mixing, "Blessing of the Guru" - Jill Tengan.
2020 Born to Be Wild
  • Label: Aviation Records
  • Track Listing: Top of the Sky, Freeform Guitar (A Tribute to Terry Kath), Devil's Rage, Born to Be Wild, Three Beaches of Narragansett, Space Train to Babylon, (I Don't Need Your) Permission, Siyavuya Ngoku
  • Credits: Marcus Singletary: Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Synthesizer, Vocals, Composer (1-3, 5-8), Producer. Mastering: Anthony Casuccio.

EPs & Spoken Word[edit]

Year Album details
2013 Sings Country Music Standards
  • Label: Aviation Records
  • Track Listing: Proud Mary, You Win Again, You Don't Mess Around WIth Jim, Muleskinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8), Folsom Prison Blues, Just Pretend, Kiss an Angel Good Morning
  • Credits: Marcus Singletary: Acoustic Guitar and Vocals, Producer.
2017 Spirit Dialogues
  • Label: Aviation Records
  • Track Listing: Critics, Not Fade Away/LA Quake, Radio and Records, Footprints, Push the Envelope, Wind and Wuthering
  • Credits: Marcus Singletary - Electric Guitars, Bass, Drums, Narration, Composer (3, 7), Producer.
2017 Daydream Station
  • Label: Aviation Records
  • Track Listing: The I.R.S., Jim-Bob's Record Shop, S.P.I.T. 909, 200th Anniversary of the Klan, Yes on Prop. 608, Jim Rockstar and Bozo McDade, No on Prop. 608, Attack of the Record Men, The Life and Times of John Wilkes Booth, Public Service Announcement, Moby Dick, Sincock and Nipples, One NIght Stand
  • Credits: Marcus Singletary - Narrator, Composer (all tracks), Producer.
2020 The South Africa Tapes
  • Label: Aviation Records
  • Track Listing: Apartheid Story (1948-1994) - Comedy sketches and faux-news broadcasts chronicling the story of South African Apartheid.
  • Credits: Marcus Singletary - Narrator, Composer, Producer. Mastering: Anthony Casuccio.
2021 Power Player
  • Label: Aviation Records
  • Track Listing: California Sun, Love in Vain, Shapes of Things, Born to Be Wild
  • Credits: Marcus Singletary - Acoustic (Martin) and Electric (Fernandes) Guitars, Bass, Drums, Vocals, Producer. Mastering: Anthony Casuccio.

Live Albums[edit]

Year Album details
2005 Live at the Foxx
  • Label: Aviation Records
  • Track Listing: Can't Ask For More, Shame, The Music's Playin', Best in Me, Mercury Blues, Good Lovin'
  • Credits: Marcus Singletary - Composer (1-4), Producer. Mastering: Anthony Casuccio.
2006 Live on Sunset
  • Label: Aviation Records
  • Track Listing: Best in Me, Shame, The Music's Playin', Can't Ask For More, Good Lovin', Mercury Blues, Sweet Home Chicago
  • Credits: Marcus Singletary: Composer (1-4), Producer.
2008 Take Me Out to the Ball Game
  • Label: Aviation Records
  • Track Listing: Take Me Out to the Ball Game, The Babe, Boys of Summer, Suzuki, Man of Steal
  • Credits: Marcus Singletary - Electric Guitar, Composer (2-5), Arranger (1), Producer. Stefano Ashbridge: Drums. Engineering: Eric Greedy. Mastering: David Torrey.
2015 Marcus Singletary Live
  • Label: Aviation Records
  • Track Listing: Beggar's Anthem, Hallelujah, On the SIlver Screen, Sunny Side of Heaven, In the Sand, Science, Cartwheel and Comet, You Don't Mess Around WIth Jim, Open for Business
  • Credits: Marcus Singletary: Composer (1-3, 5-7, 9), Producer.
2018 The Sonic Admiral - Live!
  • Label: Aviation Records
  • Track Listing: On the Silver Screen, Roll it One More Time, I'd Like to Find Out, Danger Ahead, We Trust in Our Leader, Magic and Carnal Delights, Green Sky Guitar/Sonic Admiral, King Astrohead, Look Down Fair Moon, Comin' Home 2U, Subversive Birds
  • Credits: Marcus Singletary: Composer (1-8, 10-11), Producer. "Look Down Fair Moon" by Walt Whitman.

Compilations[edit]

Year Album details
2006 Rocks
  • Label: Aviation Records
  • Track Listing: Shake Your Body Politic, Sweet Home, Chicago, Delta, Train, Super Tuesday, Can't Ask For More, Shame, The Music's Playin', Mercury Blues, Good Lovin'
  • Credits: Marcus Singletary - Main Performer, Composer (1, 3-8), Producer. Mastering: Anthony Casuccio, Nancy Matter.
2018 Holy Guitar
  • Label: Aviation Records
  • Track Listing: King Astrohead, Cartwheel and Comet, Chicago Stomp, Highway Patrol, Green Sky Guitar/Sonic Admiral, Marcus Singletary Mix, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Summer, Quake, Holy Guitar
  • Credits: Marcus Singletary: Main Performer, Composer (all tracks), Producer.
2018 In the Mix
  • Label: Aviation Records
  • Track Listing: Bound to Be, Get the Dance Gene, Shake the Ceiling, You Could Be Lucky, Say Can You See, Can It Be Real, Greenstone Pala, Right Now, Meditate, Give it Time
  • Credits: Marcus Singletary - Main Performer, Producer. Mixing: Don Casale, Ross Pallone. Mastering: Rodney Mills.
2019 My Gun's My Guitar (Live)
  • Label: Aviation Records
  • Track Listing: Disc 1: Live on Sunset, Disc 2: Live at the Foxx, Disc 3: Marcus Singletary Live, Disc 4: The Sonic Admiral - Live!

Credits: Marcus Singletary: Main Performer, Producer. Mastering: Anthony Casuccio.

2021 The Complete Aviation Studio Albums 2004-2020
  • Label: Aviation Records
  • Track Listing: All seven studio albums released by Aviation between 2004-2020. 50 total recordings.

Credits: Marcus Singletary: Main Performer, Producer.

Soundtracks[edit]

Year Album details
2019 Journey to Sebhedris
  • Label: Aviation Records
  • Track Listing: Visionary Heights, The Golden Ice Hits the Morning Dew Where it Hurts, Tarsus XII, Sixteen steps to Pyramid One, Fanfare for a Funeral, Avaricious Spider, Kewis Malfunction, Soliloquy (Opus No. 19), Journey to Sebhedris
  • Credits: Marcus Singletary: Electric Guitar, Bass, Piano, Synthesizer, Drums, Composer (all tracks), Producer. Mixing and Mastering: Artificial Intelligence.

External links[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marcus Singletary Biography". KIAC Media, LLC. Retrieved 23 October 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Daydream Station". Marcus Singletary Online. Retrieved 9 September 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Radio and Records". YouTube. Retrieved 9 September 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Marcus Singletary - Take Me Out to the Ball Game Review". Sea of Tranquility. Retrieved 15 December 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Eldredge, David. "Take Me Out to the Ball Game CD Review". Illinois Entertainer. Retrieved 2 March 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Scales, Jason. "Marcus Singletary Rocks CD Review". Illinois Entertainer. Retrieved 29 September 2006. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Smith, Simon. "Marcus Singletary Smokin' CD Review". Higher Plain Music. Retrieved 30 May 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Simms, Kelley. "Smokin' CD Review". Retrieved 30 March 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Neudorf, Jon. "Marcus Singletary - Defiance Science". Sea of Tranquility. Retrieved July 4, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Ryan, Paul. "Marcus Singletary - Science Defiance". Pure M-zine. Retrieved July 4, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Marcus Singletary on LinkedIn". LinkedIn. Retrieved 28 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ a b "Singletary Receives COVID-19 Relief Grant, Vows to Press On". MarketWatch. Retrieved 26 February 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Far Out Flavors on KCAA Radio". Far Out Flavors' KCAA Page. Retrieved 24 August 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Far Out Flavors on KCAA Radio". KCAA Archive. Retrieved 9 September 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Daydream Station". Marcus Singletary Online. Retrieved 9 September 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "Chest Fever, presented by Far Out Flavors". Retrieved 27 February 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ "The Sebhedris Experience on IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 29 March 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ "Marcus Singletary on IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 29 March 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ "Marcus Singletary on Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 26 February 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ "Marcus Singletary Album Reviews". Retrieved 26 February 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)