Marcus Singletary is a musician, musicologist, and media personality based in Los Angeles. His music, while exhibitive of classic rock tradition, is punctuated by a singularly unique style of performance.
Early on, he soaked up the sounds of Chicago radio, and recorded enough material to later kick off a four-volume retrospective with an entire section devoted to that era. Much of what he heard was utilized as the soundtrack to radio programs hosted by such icons as Jonathon Brandmeier, Larry Lujack, and Howard Stern and, in high school, Singletary began hosting his first radio show. During college, he simultaneously worked two jobs, gigged throughout the Midwest as a session bassist, appeared as guitarist Paco in Man of La Mancha, and hosted an overnight 'freeform' show that aired on WNUR-FM.
Initial releases combined original tunes with cover songs by The Rascals, Steve Miller, and Robert Johnson, and audio engineer Don Casale (Aretha Franklin, Iron Butterfly, Vanilla Fudge) was hired to galvanize Singletary's first proper studio session (issued as 2008's eponymous effort) into gold. On the 2011 disc, Smokin', Singletary was backed by an all-star rhythm section comprised of ex-Ekoostik Hookah bassist Cliff Starbuck and former Doobie Brothers drummer Chet McCracken; it contained a rendition of Bob Marley's 'Misty Morning.'
Marley's message of peace, love, and positivity certainly has permeated many Singletary recordings - from those chosen for his Americana-infused 2013 acoustic covers project Sings Country Music Standards (containing tunes by Charley Pride, Hank Williams, and Johnny Cash) to the originals heard on his most recent studio set, Defiance Science. These two projects each emphasize Singletary's guitar and vocals, which were singled out by columnist Dan Berthiaume in his review of Standards: 'Singletary is a deft guitarist and also has a strong voice, his clear vocals bring to life just how violent and menacing many roots and roots-influenced songs really are.'
An affiliation with the South American radio show De Rock y Freud introduced him to a brand new audience, and provided the catalyst for the formation of the podcast, Far Out Flavors. There, Singletary assumes all roles, and has interviewed guests including Straight Outta Compton writer S. Leigh Savidge, former KFI/KABC PD John Rook (whom Rush Limbaugh calls, 'radio's most influential program director'), and Representative Dennis Baxley (co-sponsor of Florida's controversial 'Stand Your Ground' bill.)
Singletary has exhibited comprehensive skills in many areas, and has guided a large number of projects to successful completion. Such are the primary reasons people like Savidge, Grammy winner McCracken, and Senate candidate Baxley have displayed trust in his handling of their brands and images, and his efforts in merging them with his own in order to achieve lasting results. This trust factor, along with his ability to reach goals, is responsible for maintaining Singletary's position as a safe, long-term bet within the entertainment industry.
Find the program, Far Out Flavors, at www.faroutflavors.com. Follow Singletary online at www.marcussingletary.com.