Marcus Singletary has worked with:
Gene Paul (son of Les Paul, inventor of the solid-body electric guitar)
Bob Olhsson (engineer of Marvin Gaye's seminal 1971 album What's Going On)
Chet McCracken (former drummer for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band The Doobie Brothers)
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner (Mastering engineer for Santana, Dr. Dre, The Rolling Stones, and thousands more)
Ross Pallone (audio engineer for The Jacksons, Christopher Cross, etc.)
Rodney Mills (producer and engineer for Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special, and Drive By Truckers)
G. Preston Boebel (engineer for Asia, Jackie DeShannon, and others)
Eric Greedy (engineer/recordist, Kelly Clarkson, Niall Horan, etc.)
Nancy Matter (Grammy winning engineer credited on 70 gold and platinum records; former Music Connection "Engineer of the Year")
Jill Tengan (Grammy nominated engineer for Britney Spears, ZZ Ward, and more)
Cliff Starbuck (bassist, Ekoostik Hookah)
Vincent Unto (singer for Executive Suite on such hits as "When the Fuel Runs Out")
Stephen Quadros (drummer for hard rock band Snow (featuring Carlos Cavazo of Quiet Riot); Showtime Networks MMA broadcaster and radio show host)
Dan Detloff (vocal performance coach)
Antti Kotikoski (Finnish fusion guitarist)
"The multi-talented artist Marcus Singletary'S latest EP "Power Player" reimagines four classic tunes from the 1960's. He starts off with the upbeat pop hit "California Sun," made famous by The Rivieras, in which Marcus strips the song back to allow the lyrics and his guitar deliver the fun in the sun. Next, he delivers the blues of the Robert Johnson original "Love In Vain," peeling off some classic guitar riffs. Marcus wraps up his short new release with an all out punk-like assault of The Yardbirds' "Shape Of Things" and the classic theme for the open road "Born To Be Wild," in which is slows down to deliver a bluesier sound to the song.that barely even exists today - provided Singletary the perfect specimens for his ongoing lab experiments." -Jim Pasinski, JP's Music Blog, May, 2021.
"Experimental instrumentalist and sonic tunesmith Marcus Singletary has been at it for a number of years now, not following the latest trends and never compromising his art. I reviewed his 2015 album titled Defiance Science and am quite delighted to delve into his latest offering Journey to Sebhedris. On the album Singletary plays everything himself.
A pulsating electronic keyboard begins “Visionary Heights” and although the song is a bit repetitive, the melodic lines are really quite catchy. On the strangely titled “The Golden Ice Hits the Morning Dew Where It Hurts” is all brooding waves of synthesizers creating a very unsettling and ominous sound. Electronic percussion and beats comingle with gurgling synths on “Tarsus XII”, another slightly unsettling track. The first time the guitar is appreciably heard is on the fourth track “Sixteen Steps to Pyramid One” with its outbursts of angular dexterity. Singletary is an excellent player.
Just as the last track was all guitar the next one is all organ. “Fanfare for a Funeral” is an experimental offering where the musician’s creativity on the organ shines. The choppy and avant natured “Avaricious Spider” is inundated with cool sounds, heavy beats and a deep bottom end.
Marcus Singletary is an artist whose creativity and musical zeal is unmistakably his own. Let’s just say he follows his own muse. Recommended." -Jon Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility
"The musical chameleon, Marcus Singletary is back again with a new EP titled "Spirit Dialogues." Singletary has delivered everything from rock to country to funk and blues, and now he showcases re-imagined versions of classic songs by Buddy Holly, Wayne Shorter and Genesis. His new 3-song/3-spoken word EP begins with the Holly tune "Not Fade Away," which doesn't stray too far from the original, but does tack on a extended guitar solo that pushes the song to the 7-minute mark. He delivers a rock infused, Hendrix-style guitar to Wayne Shorter's "Footprints" and then closes with the guitar instrumental tribute to Genesis' song "All In A Mouse's Night."" -Jim Pasinski, JP's Music Blog
"Singletary is a deft guitarist and also has a strong voice. His clear vocals bring to life just how violent and menacing many roots and roots-influenced songs really are...Fans of traditional and acoustic music may be interested in checking out these new interpretations, still performed organically and from the soul, as they were intended.'" -Dan Berthiaume, AXS
"With just his blazing electric guitar...Marcus Singletary provides an alternate soundtrack for America's pastime. Containing five songs and clocking in with 20 minutes of music, Take Me Out to the Ball Game was recorded live in front of an audience and opens with the title track, a fat-sounding take on the traditional version. But then it veers off into improvised uncharted territory, a la Hendrix on "The Star-Spangled Banner." "Boys of Summer," a sun-drenched scorcher of a solo without Ashbridge's accompaniment, reveals Singletary's wild side — proving he's not always the jazzman he purports to be in his promo materials. That's not to say the guitarist doesn't take influences from jazz greats, with his guitar on "Suzuki" squawking like John Coltrane and Miles Davis, and "Man of Steal" damn near hits a fusion home run. Singletary is one of those players who doesn't fall easily into any particular style. Take Me Out to the Ball Game, despite its unifying conceptual theme, is proof of that." -Michael Popke, Sea of Tranquility
The Sonic Admiral - Live!
"Singer/songwriter/guitarist extraordinaire Marcus Singletary is preparing to release his new live album "The Sonic Admiral - Live!" on April 11th. The new 30-minute release kicks off with the high energy of "On The Silver Screen" and the funkiness of "Roll It One More Time." He experiments with the lyrics of "I'd Like To Find Out" and the sonic attack of "Danger Ahead," before returning to rock of "Magic And Carnal Delights." Marcus wraps up his new 12-track live release with his excellent guitar playing during the solo of "Green Sky Guitar/Sonic Admiral" and the rhythm-fueled "Subversive Birds."" -Jim Pasinski, JP's Music Blog
"You have to admire Marcus Singletary’s tenacity, for as soon as one album is recorded and released, it seems that the singer, guitarist, piano and synth player, is straight onto the next one. This time it’s a live offering that’s served up, The Sonic Admiral - Live!,
As ever from this idiosyncratic artist, the fare isn’t just varied, it’s almost scattergun in approach, the opening “On The Silver Screen” a catchy piece of rock n’ roll boogie where San Diego’s cymbal smashes over-power and dominate. In between songs the crowd noises feel like they belong in a show from the 60s, the building applause and background rumble that runs behind “Roll It One More Time” giving a strange vibe indeed. The song itself also feels connected to that era, an organ pulse the focal point for the straight up beats and brass stabs, which leads into the first of the more avant-garde offerings in the shape of “I’d Like To Find Out”. Singletary describes these moments as an ‘a cappella vocal landscape, featuring his voice mutated through a TC-Helicon unit’. “Danger Ahead” doesn’t make things much clearer, with apparently the sound of engines building and roaring into explosive force being ‘lapped up’ by the crowd, before “We Trust In Our Leader” - a vocal only arrangement that clearly swipes at current political leaders - elicits some appreciative chuckles, whoops and hollers from the crowd.
“Magic And Carnal Delights” takes us back into more song based territory, a jaunty classic rock vibe keenly laid bare and clearing the way for the blues-rock-shred of “Green Sky Guitar>Sonic Admiral”. Proving that, for all the dalliances elsewhere, if Marcus Singletary can do one thing, he can sure make his guitar beg for mercy in the most rewarding of fashions. A more avant-prog stance is taken on the jagged “King Astrohead”, whereas “Look Down Fair Moon” is a 28 second spoken piece that leads into the intricately layered vocal excursion of “Comin’ Home To You” and the show closing howl and stomp of “Subversive Blues”, which undoubtedly lives up to its name.
Running to around the 30 minute mark, The Sonic Admiral - Live! is a strong example of the eclectic message music Marcus Singletary specialises in. The sound is rough and raw but in many ways that’s something that sits well with the more obviously rocked up moments ... The more adventurous of you might want to give this a go." -Steven Reid, Sea of Tranquility
Marcus Singletary Live (2015)
"Guitar wizard Marcus Singletary has continued to amaze his fans and admirers with his talents for adapting to any musical genre. He has ventured in country, jazz, and funk; but his first love has to be rock music. His guitar playing is extraordinary, especially when he gets lost in a song and blazes a way out with his shredding. His latest release is his first official live album titled simply "Marcus Singletary Live." It is a short nine-song, thirty-minute set that finds Marcus in a close, club-like setting. He plays it save on the first tune of the set "Beggar's Anthem," before experimenting with his sound in "Hallelujah," which ends way too soon. He picks up the tempo with the garage rock appeal of "On The Silver Screen," then locks into the light, airy instrumental "Science." Marcus finally opens up his sound on the six-plus minute, adventurous "Cartwheel And Comet," before heading into a grunge-like cover of Jim Croce's "Don't Mess Around With Jim." -Jim Pasinski, JP's Music Blog
Live on Sunset (2006) & Live at the Foxx (2005)
"Singer/songwriter/guitarist Marcus Singletary...begins with the up-tempo sixties rocker "Best In Me," before heading over to the blues of "Shame." Marcus takes over the keyboard on the retro sounding jam of "The Music's Playin'," before closing with a couple great cover songs. He speeds up "Good Lovin'," channeling his idol Jerry Garcia on the solo, before finishing the show with the blues romp of "Sweet Home Chicago." -Jim Pasinski, JP's Music Blog
“Summer,” is a “balls to the wall” blazing instrumental that sounds like it could have been taken from a live Jimi Hendrix concert. Then Marcus settles down with a bit more funk along with the full-band sound of “Chicago Stomp,” before expanding his sound (and mind) on the spacey “Marcus Singletary Mix.” You can really hear his talents on all the different genres that Marcus covers. The main focus of the album is the trippy title track." -Jim Pasinski, JP's Music Blog
"It seems to bounce around between genres when the music is playing, although regardless of it being lounge jazz or grungy trance, Marcus is usually at the helm displaying his excellent guitar talent which is obviously the main draw. The cute and quaint jazz in “Chicago Stomp” works well, as it just feels like a great jamming session. "Marcus Singletary Mix" sits somewhere between the lot of it with some well picked guitar strings over some nice beats.
After the album had finished, I really didn’t quite know what to think. It’s an album that veers off so deep into the experimental genre, to try to tell people you’ll like it or hate is almost impossible. Guitar purists may find a lot to unravel here." -Simon Smith, Higher Plain Music
"Marcus Singletary, the musical chameleon, returns once again with a new album titled "Daydream Station." This 14-song, 20 minute comedy album showcases Marcus' more comedic side was these short parodies of interviews ("The I.R.S." and "Attack Of The Record Men"), commercials ("S.P.I.T. 909") and public service announcements. While Marcus does not play any music on this new album, it is worth a listen for the tongue-in-cheek political comedy that we all have come to know in this day-in-age. His new release closes with a great 5-minute stand-up where nobody laughs or even notices his jokes." -Jim Pasinski, JP's Music Blog
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