Marcus Gray is a British singer songwriter who doesn’t like to define himself as solely one genre or another. Making music he likes and what excites people is purely what drives his prodigious talent. He was born in SW London, grew up in Surrey and moved to the artistic hub of Brighton on the South Coast in 2018 where he thrives to this day on the musical and creative vibes generated in the city. On February 28th he releases his debut single Free Man.
From a young age Marcus was heavily inspired by 60’s and 70’s rock legends such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Eric Clapton. Through his teenage years he discovered Brit-Pop and fell in love with the live sound of bands like Oasis, injecting a louder and more lively side to his music .In 2011 he went to his very first live concert at The O2 to see The Pogues, a pinnacle moment in the shaping of him as an artist who vowed to play emotionally raw and exciting music in front of as many people as possible. Supporting that night was Frank Turner. Frank’s solo artist charisma and stage presence also left a huge impact on Marcus and subsequently informed his own future songwriting and performances.
All of these significant influences came together over the last 18 months, culminating in a catalogue of songs which Marcus is excited to get out into the world. This is exemplified by his debut single Free Man: an energetic, guitar-based sound complemented by strong dynamic vocals and subtle acoustic undertones and crafted and produced in a classic rock and roll arrangement. It was written in the early summer of 2019 and was inspired by the sense of being trapped inside one’s own mind, and the struggle to work out what you need to truly feel free. An inner conflict we all identify with – as the lyrics say:
“And I’ve got to shake it, take it, create what I need. Ain’t no cost to my word’s, and ain’t no price to my dream’s, that I won’t pay, don’t say, that you cannot believe.”