I’ve always believed that our souls can communicate with each other. Without anyone else hearing.
R&B singer Marcus Allen is an example of this.
He was sent to me to interview and I did so over the phone. These blogs are harder for me to do because I haven’t met and connected with my subject.
I’d heard his music. I’d experienced his voice.
Voice is a very important factor to me. I can remember it while forgetting faces and names.
The first thing he said to me was “Where are you from? I love your accent.”
I wasn’t expecting that. My strong southern twang is a source of insecurity for me.
I get mocked and asked to repeat myself frequently.
And this man actually complimented it.
Our connection was immediate. Our souls had spoken in their own language.
The interview I had dreaded was now easy and relaxed.
Marcus was thirteen and a master of beatboxing when his music teacher picked up on his talent and put him in a talent show.
His passion was born.
He has a team of writers but pens many of his own songs.
He expresses his feelings through music.
His soul connects with the world through his words.
With four albums under his belt he still is grounded. He has shared the stage with Tank, Tyrese, Angie Stone, Baby Face and Joe. He hasn’t forgotten where he came from.
The town that raised him is still ‘Home’. He goes on tour but always comes back to Summerville, South Carolina just outside of Charleston. He always makes time for his community.
He is a dedicated supporter of Kidz 4 Kidz 843, a non-profit organization focused on the urban youth in the area. Their mission is “Putting the TRUTH back in our YOUTH” and “Putting UNITY back in our COMMUNITY”.
He is motivated by the kids. They’re looking up to him. He gives them hope. He encourages them.
If he wasn’t singing he would be teaching. Which I suppose you could say he is doing now.
He’s teaching us to reach for the stars. To follow our dreams. To never give up.
I was invited to watch him perform recently when he came to Charlotte.
I witnessed him be the gentleman he was raised to be. I witnessed his selfless promotion of other people. And I witnessed his soul touch others in the room as he sang.
Marcus Allen is more than a soul singer…he is a singer with soul.