(from the forthcoming album ‘Valentine’s Day’)
Release Date: Friday February 13th on 21st Centry Muzik (distribution: Gael Linn)
Also includes the Irish club hit "More 2 Life (fea. Nikki) & Radio favourite "Just Say".
Marcus Valentine is a fascinating character and individual, his rapport
with people is incredible. Marcus comes from a very humble Jamaican background,
and grew up in Britain as well as the States. Very much aware of the competition
he recognised from an early age that very few people make it in this industry,
but undeterred by this, his determination allowed him to pursue something
that seemed totally out of reach.
Marcus Valentine was born in the 70’s and grew up under the magical spells of artists such as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. He also greatly admired artist’s such as Elvis Presley because of his personal relationship with his fans the very down to earth approach which made people feel as though he was one of their own, for which Marcus aspires to. He‘d be greatly upset if we didn’t also mention Paul McCartney, David Bowie and of course not forgetting the legendary crooner brigade Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and the irrepressible Dean Martin. Of course this massive influence just seemed to be so attractive, it set him on a life long journey in music.
Marcus currently resides in Ireland, where after 3 years he has completed his 1st album ‘Valentine’s Day – The Missing Years’. The first single from the album is "Blossom Hill", a ballad of style & substance drawn on from a long lost era where the power of song reaches deep down and touches the soul. Not without some of the usual struggle that have plagued many a musician over the years, “Valentine's Day” is well thought out and intelligently written; it’s sensitive, heartfelt whilst maintaining the 'flava' of RnB. I’m sure you’ll get to understand when you hear the eclectic sound of Marcus Valentine. This is the future of Irish RnB; may every day be "Valentine's Day"!!!
“Love no longer is the treasure it once was, so saver what is precious set it free at the right time and you will learn to live and love again” MV 2003
At the age of ten, I was mainly listening to the Jackson’s and Stevie Wonder. I was also a huge fan of the Beatles, particularly Paul McCartney, and an even bigger fan of Elvis. I wanted a guitar, and inevitably, I set about trying to work my mother over. This was tough, due to my mother being a cross between Rambo, Mr T, and that sweet ole granny from the Tweety Pie cartoons. She had no guns, but her mouth was like an M-60, blazing rounds and leaving chaos everywhere. In my house, we couldn't get what we wanted through the usual spoilt brat tactics, but eventually, Mum threw my first guitar at me. That was amazing, but the only drawback was that I had to learn to play it myself. Being a little isolated as a child, it was easy for me to find sanctuary in the guitar, and I set about trying to unlock its secrets, until I was good enough to write and sing my own songs.
For me the 50s were
important. Stars like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Nat King Cole were
at their peak, and talented young singers like Elvis emerged. These singers
had voices that warmed the heart and made me recognise the importance
of a good voice, and developing it into a perfectly tuned instrument.
The 60s was an incredible era for music. A multitude of stars were born.
It was a magic decade. The Beatles made me realise the importance of good
arrangements (and I'm still struggling with that even now!) What an amazing
time to live in. The 70s set the scene alight for musical melodies. There
was a new generation of talent, but this time, no single group dominated.
There was so much of it, and that decade will be remembered as a great
time in music. In the 80s, we had Michael Jackson dominating, but there
were other great artists too: Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Hall and Oates,
The Police. But for some reason, music of the 80s, the Missing Years,
seemed to be undefined. Pop music appeared to take a direction that was
undesirable. One hit wonders came and went. While there were still choices
in music, bands and individual talents were not revered and people who
appreciated real musical pieces and arrangements simply clung to the compilation
albums of the past. It most definitely affected anyone who happened to
be in their late 20s or early 30s: music was for the very young.
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