Hometown: Staten Island New York
Web site: http://www.marcussimeon.com
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Universally regarded for his achingly beautiful and emotionally-charged interpretations of soulful songs from the American pop songbook (with his penchant for power ballads,) red-hot jazz sensibility, and a fierce R & B flair, Marcus Simeone has been called a musical genius by his peers and fans alike. This is immediately obvious to anyone who hears his unique 5-octave, pitch perfect tenor soar the scales. In recent years, through the Miranda Music label, he has grown into a popular recording artist who has been played on many major outlets. Jonathan Schwartz said, "This is one beautiful voice..."
Marcus's pure, truthful delivery is also in evidence vocally as well as on his original material. He appeared on "Star Search," "Showtime at The Apollo." and the "Charlie Daniels' Talent- Round-up." Between "survival jobs" as a social worker, counceller-therapist and volunteer for patients with AIDS and at-risk forster children, he has managed to earn two masters degrees from New York University where he graduated with top honors. He did this while assisting in the care of his disabled parents. Caring has always played a huge part in his professional and private life; "I have always had a need to help and to share through whatever gifts I've been given and it starts by helping those less fortunate." Family has always been a priority to him and, at times, he put his singing career on hold as his parent's situations became more acute; "Seeing my parent's health declinetook precedence. It was my privilege to help them." Born Mark Anthony Simeone, he moved (kicking and screaming) to Staten Island with his family when he was seven years old. A collision with a firehydrant left him in a coma for almost 6 months.
He evolved into "Marcus" at the suggestion of his first musical director Rob LaRocca around 2001. At that time, he had become known throughout Staten Island as the "king of kareoke" - repeatedly winning contests. This, helped him to overcome a crippling shyness. This led tosome appearances taking the microphone at local piano bars in Manhattan such as The Duplex, Don't Tell Mama and small clubs where he quickly built a reputation as "the new kid on the block with the magical voice."
Marcus has been honored with six Manhattan Association of Cabaret (MAC) awards for vocalist, CD and song of the year as well as the coveted Back Stage Bistro Award (Outstanding Male Vocalist) and the Cabaret Hotline Award. Theaterscene.net named him Entertainer of the Year in 2010 as well as vocalist of the year in 2009 and 2011. In 2013, his bossa-nova style version of "Brazil" was used recently used in an independent film.
Marcus has headlined at almost every room in Manhattan. He was invited to appear at the Mabel Mercer Foundation's Cabaret Convention four times. He has also sung at Town Hall, Symphony Space, Firebird, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Algonquin, B.B. King's, Birdland and Jazz At Lincon Center. REcently, he made his debut at the prestigious Cutting Room and will be returning in 2015.
Aside from performances in Manhattan and the tri-state area, Marcus has also performed around the country in Chicago, Palm Springs, Florida, etc., with several bands at public and private functions. In 2008, he performed at The Waldorf Astoria for Preident and Mrs.Clinton. Hillary Clinton said after, "I have never heard anyone sing like that ... just beautiful." Traditionally, he co-stars at the legendary St. George Theater on Staten Island in their annual Christmas show performing for thousands.
Marcus has released four albums to date on the Miranda Music label. Two are live recordings: "At Last," "Everything Must Change"and two studio albums, "Haunted" and his newest CD, "The Truth About..."
Miranda will soon be releasing "Quiet Storm," the highly acclaimed show prformed for months at the Metropolitan Room with Tanya Holt (see NY Times quote below.) On March 27, 2014, their show "Quiet Storm"received a MAC Award as Outstanding Duo Show of the Year. Their performance at B.B.King's brought down the house
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