Mark Allen Felton aka Panther loves to entertain. "I always loved the stage, it's the one place I can let go and totally be me," he says.
Of course anybody who has ever witnessed Felton in action, knows that he's not just a great musician, he's also an awesome performer. He engages the audience with every note he plays, leaving them with a sense of connection to his music. As one fan put it, "listening to Panther is like eating a piece of my favorite pie - it's so good!" Oh yes - the music- Funky, yet as smooth as butter, and oh so good! Tailor made for a man with his personality.
Panther, as he is affectionately known has received numerous awards for his musical excellence and has been heard by millions around the world. "It's truly an honor to play music and when people like what you do, it’s icing on the cake."
When listening to his current CD "I Do It For Love" - produced, written and arranged by Felton - you experience a timeless masterpiece that echoes the sentiments of his dedication to his music. "We've all heard the stories about the ups and downs of a musician's life. It can be challenging at times, but to me it all boils down to why I do what I do in the first place? The answer is, I do it for love."
This extraordinarily talented artist - who honed his musical skills playing in clubs in the Los Angeles area while appearing in videos by Ed OG & the Bulldogs and Tony! Toni! Toné!. Felton produced his first solo CD "On The Prowl" in 1994 and went on to share the stage with many artists including: Al Jarreau, Oleta Adams, Patti Labelle, Chaka Khan, Kenny G., Kirk Whalum, Dave Koz, Billy Preston, Marcus Miller, Lalah Hathaway, Jeffrey Osbourne, and many others and has also toured with Ray Parker Jr. (Ghostbuster Fame -who sold over 25 million records) for five years.
Felton credits Kool & The Gang as an early influence. "When I saw their horn section, I knew then I wanted to play an instrument, and not long after that I was introduced to Grover Washington Jr.'s music. That was it for me, I was hooked!" In a world where people are quick to label music, Felton's music can only be put in one category - "Great Music!" "I strive to deliver my best every time I play, that is what is important to me! Doing my best"!
A bit of background on Felton:
Born in Chicago, IL, he began playing bugle at the tender age of nine and switched to saxophone at age eleven. He was inspired by all types of artists including Earth, Wind and Fire, Kool & The Gang, Grover Washington Jr. and many others. Felton attended Texas Southern University in Houston and currently resides in Los Angeles.
“Mark Allen Felton is an extraordinary, talented and versatile artist who renders unbelievable music. His mesmerizing performance never fails to excite the audience.”- Cora Jackson-Fossett, LAABP
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