Marcus King (born March 11, 1996) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist. He was initially known as lead singer, guitarist and founder of The Marcus King Band.

His 2020 album El Dorado recorded under his own name received a nomination for Best Americana Album at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.[1]

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.[2] At age eleven, he played guitar on one of his father's albums. King started playing music with his own band in his teens, 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.[3] King studied jazz theory and jazz performance with Steve Watson at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, South Carolina.[4] He received some notable early attention in 2014 after a video of him jamming at Norman's Guitars racked up millions of views on YouTube.[5]

King was a musical guest on "The Kelly Clarkson Show," which aired April 1, 2024

Career

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.”[6]

On 26 August 2022, King released his second album Young Blood, again produced by Dan Auerbach. Melinda Newman of Billboard called it "a staggeringly confident work."[7] It debuted at number one in the Billboard Top Blues Albums Chart.[8]

Personal life

King married Briley Hussey in a lavish ceremony on February 19, 2023 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Awards and achievements

AwardYearInstitution
Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album2021Grammy Awards
American Advertising Federation Silver Award for Social Media2015American Advertising Federation
American Advertising Federation Gold Award for Out of Home2015American Advertising Federation
American Advertising Federation Silver Award for Interactive Media2015American Advertising Federation
American Advertising Federation Best of Show for Out of Home2015American Advertising Federation
American Advertising Federation Gold Award for Out of Home2015American Advertising Federation
American Advertising Federation Bronze Award for Print2015American Advertising Federation
Graphis New Talent Award Annual Silver Award2015Graphis
Graphis New Talent Award Annual Platinum Award2015Graphis
Graphis Typography Award Annual Platinum Award2015Graphis
PPAH Hero award2023Piedmont Blues Preservation Society


Discography

Albums

  • Soul Insight (2014)
  • The Marcus King Band (2016)
  • Carolina Confessions (2018)
  • El Dorado (2020) No. 142 US Billboard 200[9]
  • Young Blood (2022)
  • Mood Swings (2024)

Singles

TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
US
AAA

[10]
"The Well"201912El Dorado
"One Day She's Here"33
"Hard Working Man"[11]2022Young Blood
"Blood on the Tracks"30
"Mood Swings"2024Mood Swings

References

  1. ^ "Grammy Awards Winners & Nominees for Best Americana Album". Grammy.com. Recording Academy. 2021. Retrieved March 15, 2021.
  2. ^ Walker, Donna Isbell (July 2, 2015). "Marcus King Band making noise on national scene". Greenvilleonline.com. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  3. ^ Greenberg, Rudi (September 29, 2016). "Meet Marcus King". Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  4. ^ McFarland, Shane. "19-Year-Old Marcus King Talks Family, Friends And The Future Of His Music". Live for Live Music.
  5. ^ "Shop Owner Catches Young Man Playing Guitar In His Store And Wants Him To Keep Playing". Reshareworthy.
  6. ^ Gorondi, Pablo (January 15, 2020). "Review: Marcus King stirs soul, rock, country on 'El Dorado'". Timescolonist.com. Retrieved January 15, 2020.
  7. ^ "Blues Rocker Marcus King on the Despair & Salvation of 'Young Blood': 'I Didn't Think I'd Be Around For Another Record'". Billboard.com. 2022-08-26. Retrieved 2022-09-02.
  8. ^ "Blues Albums". Billboard.com. January 2, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2022.
  9. ^ @billboardcharts (January 28, 2020). "Debuts on this week's #Billboard200 (2/2)" (Tweet). Retrieved January 28, 2020 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ "Adult Alternative Songs - March 28, 2020". Billboard.com. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Future Releases on Triple A (AAA) Radio Stations". AllAccess. Archived from the original on May 2, 2022. Retrieved May 2, 2022.

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