Anderson's peak musical collaboration was certainly his time with
the legend Prince. Even today, Marcus presents on many of his
performances preciosities from his repertoire. In the meantime he
has already released eleven studio albums, which have settled in
the area of gospel and smooth jazz.
Marcus has like Kirk Whalum a gospel side. My Inspiration Vol.
1 was released in 2016. Now Marcus returns with the second
edition aptly titled My Inspiration Vol. 2 (2019).
Marcus' aim is to make gospel music even more popular by
incorporating elements of jazz, soul, pop and urban adult
In addition to saxophonist Marcus, the following musicians are
involved in this worship project Demetrice Everette, AJ Gamble
(drums), Antwon Timmons, AJ Brown (bass), Jordan Love, Damell Taylor, Nemo Miller (guitar), Ashley Mimieweather, Josh
Cisell, Tamala Hairston, Marcus Cole, Diamond Smith, Cheylaine
Perkins (vocals), Lio Saiz (trumpet), Jonathan
Butler (acoustic guitar and vocals), Chris Adams, Bertron Curtis
(organ), Derrick Adams (Rhodes), Nicholas Cole, Aarik Duncan (keyboards). Marcus
performs alto, tenor, baritone sax and flute, Nile Hargrove keys,
organ, guitar and programming.
Marcus introduces into his new project with Let The Praise
Begin. This song was originally composed by famous gospel
singer Fred Hammond for his album Pages of Life: Chapters 1
and 2. The album is a collaboration with vocalists and
musicians of the group Radical For Christ. Marcus' version sounds
bombastic, as if Prince himself had been involved in the
Jon Owens created Bless The Lord for his album ARIZE
LIVE (2006). Marcus transfers this powerful worship song into
a Latin enhanced style always faithful to the religious context
and nucleus of the song. The smooth Psalm 42 is melting
the loveliness of Ashley Mimieweather's vocals with the
uniqueness of Marcus' horn arrangement. I Surrender All
is a Christian hymn, with words by Judson W. Van DeVenter and
music by Winfield S. Weeden. Jonathan Butler makes the song in in
his typical way to a South African festival of religious devotion.
Addictive Love was released by the gospel duo BeBe & CeCe Winans
from their album Different Lifestyles (1991). Memories of
R&B ballads from the 90s are inevitable due to the authentic
instrumentation. He Lives was written by North Carolina’s
Aarik Duncan who also plays keyboards. Under the influence of Fred
Hammond, Gungor, Marcus Cole, LeCrae his vocals shape the ultimate
Your Will by Marcus Anderson features the duo Josh Cisell
and Tamala Hairston, two blessed vocal interprets under God's sun.
Clean Heart is the second song on this album by Fred
Hammond created during his period with Radical For Christ for his
album Purpose by Design (2000). Marcus' excellent
rendition surpasses the original with a fuller rounded and richer
instrumentalized sound. Tasha Cobbs Leonard was the original
singer and composer of For Your Glory (2013). On Marcus'
interpretation are singing Diamond Smith, Cheylaine Perkins and
Josh Cisell accompanying Marcus exceptional performance.
Open the Eyes of My Heart features lead vocalist Marcus
Cole in a divine duet with saxophonist Marcus Cole revealing an
abundance of musical talent and artistic exceptionality. This
is My Prayer is written and sung by Marcel Anderson on his
album Road To Recovery (2018). Marcus plays the flute
adding some lightness to the harmony.
Marcus Anderson's My Inspiration Vol. 2 is an awesome
collection full of glowing enthusiasm and ardent passion.
Buy the album in all stores
Inspiration Vol. 2
Artist: Marcus Anderson
Genre: Smooth Jazz
1) Let The Praise Begin (3:58)
2) Bless The Lord (4:48)
Psalm 42 (2:28)
4) I Surrender All (5:58)
6) He Lives (3:46)
7) Your Will (5:51)
Clean Heart (6:28)
9) For Your Glory (5:12)
10) Open the
Eyes of My Heart (5:16)
11) This is My Prayer (4:52)
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