Marcus King
Born (1996-03-11) March 11, 1996 (age 24)
Greenville, South Carolina, United States
GenresBlues, rock, blues rock, southern rock
Years active2013–present
LabelsFantasy Records

Marcus King (born March 11, 1996) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He is best known as the frontman, lead singer and guitarist for The Marcus King Band.

Early life

Marcus King was born in Greenville, South Carolina, United States. His father, Marvin King, was a well-known blues guitarist in South Carolina who also played with gospel acts, and his grandfather was also a regionally popular musician. Marcus began playing guitar at a very early age, and at age eight he started playing shows with his father.[1] At age eleven, he played guitar on one of his father's albums. King was in his teens when he began playing out with his own band, juggling club gigs at night and school in the morning as he and his bandmates brainstormed with what they called "soul-influenced psychedelic Southern rock." Deciding to pursue a career in music, King dropped out of high school in his junior year and got his GED. King took an academic approach to music, studying his favorite guitar players, particularly The Allman Brothers Band co-founder Duane Allman, B.B. King, Albert King, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. King studied jazz theory and jazz performance with Steve Watson at the Greenville Fine Arts Center. He was discovered after a video of him jamming at Norman's Guitars racked up millions of views on YouTube.[2]


In 2019, King announced his debut solo album, El Dorado, produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys at his Easy Eye Studio in Nashville. The album is a genre-bending release that was released on January 17, 2020 by Fantasy Records. On release, Associated Press declared “El Dorado already stands out as a definite high point of 2020.”[3]



TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum

"The Well"201912El Dorado
"One Day She's Here"33


  1. ^ Walker, Donna Isbell (July 2, 2015). "Marcus King Band making noise on national scene". Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  2. ^ Greenberg, Rudi (September 29, 2016). "Meet Marcus King". Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  3. ^ Gorondi, Pablo (January 15, 2020). "Review: Marcus King stirs soul, rock, country on 'El Dorado'". Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  4. ^ @billboardcharts (January 27, 2020). "Debuts on this week's #Billboard200 (2/2)" (Tweet). Retrieved January 28, 2020 – via Twitter.
  5. ^ "Adult Alternative Songs - March 28, 2020". Retrieved 4 April 2020.

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