The youngest of seven grew up in a musical family, performing and singing in church with his older brothers. Anderson’s family recognised his talent as a musical prodigy when he was introduced to the saxophone aged twelve. A son of South Carolina, Anderson studied jazz at North Carolina Central University.
In 2005, Anderson released his debut album “My Turn”, a stellar contemporary jazz record the young musician put his heart and soul into. Filled with romantic ballads and jazz grooves “My Turn” was a sophisticated introduction to what was to come from the up and coming star. At the age of only 24, 2009 saw the release of his sophomore album “From the Heart”. Anderson’s breakthrough into contemporary jazz circles came in the same year as the winner of the Capital Jazz fest Challenge. Since then, Anderson has had a meteoric rise to success, touring with PRINCE, Sheila E. and Anthony Hamilton. Anderson has been honoured to open for and join on stage artists such as Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway, Peter White, Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, George Duke, Wynton Marsalis, Alex Bugnon, Nnenna Freelon, Jeff Lorber, Bob Baldwin and Jennifer Holiday.
In 2011 Anderson won the North Carolina Gospel Announcers Prestige Award for Gospel Jazz Artist of the Year and released his third record, “NOW”. The multi-instrumentalist’s intent was to challenge his smooth jazz roots, producing a diverse record that reached across R&B, pop and jazz boundaries. Following the success of “NOW”, PRINCE called for Anderson to join his band the New Power Generation, where Anderson is currently performing as star saxman and personality.
2014 is shaping up to be a remarkable time for Marcus Anderson. The accomplished musician will be spending the year on the road both as a solo artist and with PRINCE and the New Power Generation. With the release of “Style Meets Substance”, Anderson is eager for what is to come. With his enthralling star quality and showmanship, Anderson is guaranteed to continue to entertain and inspire while creating music he is passionate about.
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