|Born||February 20, 1976|
Marc Secara (born 20 February 1976), is a German singer and recording artist known for jazz, American pop music, and German popular repertoire. He is also a member of the German singing group the Berlin Voices.
Marc Secara was born in Dresden, Sachsen and raised in Bavaria. At the age of 15 while in school at the gymnasium he founded his own band. After school and civil service he studied music (saxophone) at the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg. He first met Peter Herbolzheimer at that school who would become a big influence on Secara's developement as an artist. Secara's interests gravitated more towards voice performance and in 1998 he moved to Berlin and attended Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" studying voice, jazz, and popular music. In 2000 he received a an IASJ scholarship and a period of study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston (USA). From 1997 to 1999 he was a soloist and member of the jazz choir vocal group member for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (Bujazzo) under the direction of Peter Herbolzheimer.
In 2001 he was the world's first western artist who was allowed to perform in the Islamic Republic of Iran. After the Iranian tour in 2002, he won with his marc secara Group 1st prize as "Best Artist" of the nationwide music festival fader. In 2004 Secara was touring Europe as a "cultural ambassador" of the Federal Republic of Germany and denied four concerts for the former Federal President Johannes Rau and Horst Köhler. In July 2006 he sang a duet with baritone Thomas Quasthoff at the Federal President's Summer Party. In 2006 he was also a soloist on tour in Germany with the HR Big Band, strings and a choir.
Since 2008 Secara was then on tour with the actor and singer Manfred Krug. 2009 he sang and composed the theme song "Killing is my business, honey" to the movie "Killing Is My Business, Honey" with Hoku Ho and Rick Kavanian (Warner Music).
"Now and Forever" and Bert Kaempfert
In 2009 Marc Secara entered a production contract with Bert Kaempfert Music Publishing. Several recordings session followed for production of a new CD project of Bert Kaempfert's music. This was recorded with a jazz orchestra mainly derived from the WDR Big Band Köln and the Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg under the direction of Jörg Achim Keller with musical arrangements done by Wolf Kerschek 2010 was the premiere presentation of the new stage show "Now and Forever"; in October it had its premiere in Hamburg Kehrwieder Theater with guest star Pe Werner.
In 1998 Marc Secara founded the Berlin Voices, a four part vocal group much like Manhattan Transfer with two female and two male voices. The group has released two critically acclaimed CDs: The Music of Billy Joel, and About Christmas. The group has also toured and recorded with the HR Big Band (Frankfurt) and the Berlin Jazz Orchestra.
Berlin Jazz Orchestra
Since 2000 Secara has been working with his own big band, the Berlin Jazz Orchestra. The ensemble is under the direction of former RIAS Big Band conductor Jiggs Whigham. In collaboration with the music agent Jacky Wagner and Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) their first CDs were released in 2004 and 2008; the albums Update and You're Everything with scores done by the British arranger Steve Gray. In 2012 the concert video Strangers In Night - The Music Of Bert Kaempfert was produced with the Berlin Jazz Orchestra with Secara's repertoire completed for the earlier recording from 2010. In 2014 Secara hired arranger and conductor Jack Cooper to collaborate on the new Songs of Berlin BJO project and CD recording. Secara's Songs of Berlin project includes noted hit tunes of German artists such as Marlene Dietrich, Hildegard Knef, and Peter Fox. Secure has performed the repertoire from Songs of Berlin project on January 27th and May 16th 2016. 
Education and teaching
Since 2008, he is a vocal coach of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (BuJazzO), the Landesjugendjazzorchester Brandenburg and the State Youth Jazz Orchestra Berlin. He is the musical director for the Young Voices Brandenburg. In 2013 he was appointed professor of singing and ensemble at the SRH Hochschule der populären Künste (Berlin).
Marc Secara presently resides in Berlin, Germany.
- website for the Berlin Voices
- Discography from the Berlin Voices web site
- Marc Secara and his Berlin Jazz Orchestra, web site
- "In dieser Stadt" Marc Secara, Jiggs Whigham and the Berlin Jazz Orchestra, arr. Jack Cooper. May 16, 2016, Die Wühlmäuse - Das Berliner Kabarett-Theater. Songs of Berlin project
- first performance of the Songs of Berlin music was on January 27, 2016 at Kunstfabrik Schlot in Berlin, Germany
- second performance of the Songs of Berlin music was on May 16, 2016 at THEATER DER WÜHLMÄUSE in Berlin, Germany
Marc Secara (Wikipedia Deutsche)
- Marc Secara discography at Discogs
- Shelyric/sandbox at AllMusic
- Marc Secara, official Website
- The Berlin Voices
- Marc Secara and his Berlin Jazz Orchestra
- Secara meets Kaempfert - Photo Shoot 2010
- Marc Secara - Making of Now and Forever