Marcus King
Born (1996-03-11) March 11, 1996 (age 26)
Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.
GenresBlues, rock, blues rock, southern rock
Years active2013–present
LabelsFantasy Records
Websitemarcuskingband.com

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.

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

Early life

Marcus King Band (2018)

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 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.[3] King studied jazz theory and jazz performance with Steve Watson at the Greenville Fine Arts Center.[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]

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]

Discography

Albums

Singles

TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
US
AAA

[10]
"The Well"201912El Dorado
"One Day She's Here"33
"Hard Working Man"[11]2022Young Blood

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 27, 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.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  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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