The Marcus Singletary Biography

"[Holy Guitar] collects some of Marcus Singletary’s best guitar solos on one album. The concept is perfect, especially when you have someone as talented as Marcus performing the licks. -Jim Pasinski, JP's Music Blog


"Marcus is usually at the helm displaying his excellent guitar talent, which is obviously the main draw." -Simon Smith, Higher Plain Music


"Always evolving and never compromising, multi-instrumentalist Marcus Singletary returns with [Spirit Dialogues]. The spoken tracks reveal firstly an early love for The Buckinghams, Spooky Tooth, Love and more, and [a] laudable desire to stretch artistic boundaries and refusal to conform to the norm; both sentiments we can only applaud. So engaging are these sections that I'd have happily listened to much more of them than the two or so combined minutes they make." -Steven Reid, Sea of Tranquility


These critics' quotes describe Marcus Singletary's music and creative vision well. He grew up around the awesome music swirling around Chicago, and later, from Los Angeles, he began his journey into a recording career, starting off with albums reviewed in Relix, Impact, and Illinois Entertainer. A 2003 interview with IE's Jill Haverkamp linked his early output to the then-new digital music revolution, as he recorded the cuts on "Angel City Shootout" with ancient Cakewalk software and a Gateway PC. 2006's Rocks compilation album displays that the music from this era borrowed heavily from the American roots music lexicon.


2008's Take Me Out to the Ball Game featured improvisational guitar solos and a rambunctious bar crowd of beer drinkers and hell raisers. Pro studio environments and Pro Tools were employed, along with a horn section and a full band of West Coast sessionistas, for the material heard on In the Mix. The cast included former Doobie Brothers drummer Chet McCracken; the engineering crew was helmed by legendary mixing engineers Don Casale (Duane Allman, Aretha Franklin) and Ross Pallone (The Jacksons, Christopher Cross), and mastering guru Rodney Mills (Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special.)


By 2012, Marcus had embarked on a series of thematic records that stripped his music down to its core by featuring Singletary performing solely as a one-man band. The first, Sings Country Music Standards (2012), was an all-acoustic collection of cover tunes. A fantasy-based storyline and heavy rock music defined 2014's Defiance Science (mixed by Jill Tengan (Britney Spears, ZZ Ward), the album was performed live several times, in its entirety.) Recorded during the same sessions, a single, "Life Was Never Better Than it is Right Now," featured engineering by Brian 'Big Bass' Gardner (Snoop Dogg, Santana.)


The centerpiece of 2016's Subversive Blues was a seven-minute epic depicting Marcus as the leader of a special forces unit of Starfighters on a mission to save the world. It was heavily dismissed by critics, but became one of Marcus' most successful projects, with its final cut, "The Hero Returns Home," finding its way, as a sample, onto the 2017 recording "Madness" by techno DJ/producer Ian Mart (Techno Logyx Records.)


Since then, Singletary has hosted the KCAA/NBC radio program Far Out Flavors, released three EPs (Spirit Dialogues, Daydream Station, The Sonic Admiral - Live!) and issued the full-length instrumental compilation, Holy Guitar - which collected many of Marcus' very best guitar solos on one record (it was marketed as a limited-edition release exclusively to Japanese audiences.) Such activity is indicative of Marcus' unique virtuosity. The man can do it all, and regardless of the ebbs and flows of visibility, he has consistently proven his value with his evolution.