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A little note from Marcus:

March 1, 2018

Firstly, thank you for visiting my little site.

The last year has overflowed with many changes; both personally and professionally. Some of it 

was sad. Some of it was euphoric. Through never-ending support and love from a great family

and so many friends (who are all my family), my journey continues as life moves on with the hope

of sharing better days ahead. 

Through my music and songs, I try to share messages that say a little about life and about the

person I hope to be on this path of life.

Over the last twelve months, I've suffered great pain with the loss of my long-time partner, Greg,

who lost his struggle. I've also been overwhelmed and touched by the many friends and fans who 

came out of the woodwork and gave me strength to carry on - knowing I couldn't give up.

Singing has always allowed me to express myself in the best way. I am happy to be a conduit for

so many emotions through my music. Consequently, I've been honored to perform and sing for you

again. Over the last year alone, some of the venues I've had the privilege of performing at include:

Don't Tell Mama, Metropolitan Room, Cutting Room, B.B.King's, Bonafide Club, Lucille's, St. George

Theatre, Provincetown and a few more. I look forward to making my debut at the Highline Ballroom in

the spring as well as a few surprises to be announced.

I thank you for your kind support and enthusiastic encouragement to this kid from Staten

Island with a dream. Mostly, I thank you for following me and allowing me to share my dreams. 

Marcus   

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SEE NEW FALL/WINTER DATES FOR

  

BLUE

 

AT DON'T TELL MAMA

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"... Simeone's a one of a kind vocalist with one of the most original voices around whose multi-octave

wattage electrifies. Aside from such impressive vocal prowess, he is, above all, an exceptional

interpreter of a lyric. Paired with Sean Harkness’s flawless, melodic improvisations and

mindboggling jazz riffs on the guitar, they left the SRO crowd in awe throughout the hour".

Theater Scene (Aril 2017) 

  

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TheaterScene.net Review of BLUE (April 2017) :

 

With all due respect to Sam Smith, you haven’t heard anyone dig as insistently into the marrow of “Lay Me Down” until you’ve heard Marcus

Simeone tear into it in Blue the dynamic new duo show with guitarist Sean Harkness running on selective Sundays at Don’t Tell Mama through

July 23.

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Marcus Simeone (Photo: Maryann Lopinto) 

Directed with articulate insight by Lina Koutrakos, Simeone, and Harkness unleash a sprawling, stylistic fusion of pop/jazz and blues that resists

categories. It is spellbinding through some heartfelt, soaring musicianship that had many in tears. Several moments were similar in emotional

heft in this reflective and ironically humorous show.

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After a languid opening of “Rainy Days and Mondays” (Nichols-Van Heusen) that segued into a gutsy “Blue Side” (Lasley-Willis), the tone was

set as Simeone recalled how the show came together after a tragic loss. Many of his followers are aware that Mr. Simeone recently lost his

longtime partner after a lengthy illness. Rather than cancel the engagement and following Koutrakos’s sage advice, they made some changes

and underpinned the truth as the core (hence the title) in a mixed set with lighthearted turns (even managing to chide the seven stages of grief) i

n a show that’s now receiving a lot of buzz around town.

Without giving anything away, “Lay Me Down” is only one of several songs in the new show that open up and become raw, emotional

monologues in song. Simeone’s delivery and unique tenor are in great shape, and he gave an extra boost to some American classics that

showed a more focused side to this one of a kind vocalist with one of the most original voices around whose multi-octave wattage electrifies.

Aside from such impressive vocal prowess, he is, above all, an exceptional interpreter of a lyric. Too, paired with Sean Harkness’s inventive,

melodic improvisations and mind-boggling jazz riffs, they left the crowd in awe throughout the hour.

 Working with Simeone, allows Harkness the perfect vehicle for his signature understated drive, jazz invention and sly charm that is compelling.

Both are gifted musicians and are two of the most respected artists’ on the scene today.

Simeone, who is a lyric’s best friend, caressed imperishable blues gems that spanned the decades from 1930’s“Mood Indigo” (Ellington-Brigard)

 to the 1946 “Angel Eyes” (Brent-Dennis), and soothed it with newer greats like a breezy “Caught Up In the Rapture” from 1986. All were given

deep, mellow treatments with a silken lilt that riveted against Harknes’s flawless instrumental support and silky solo riffs. Their duet on the 1967

soul classic, “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby” (Hayes-Porter) channeled some wailing blues that turned into a philosophical mantra

deployed on a spiritual journey of longing that was a serious highlight. A less showy treatment was applied to Sondheim’s “Losing My Mind”

from Follies which was given Simeone’s own introspective spin that eschewed gratuitous drama. This song about obsession, that is sung in the

show by a mature woman, was given a talk-singing approach that was interesting.

Of course, the emotionally-charged show stopper came with “Lay Me Down”which capped the show. The original song and video by Smith are

about the funeral of a lover. Simeone emotes this like a bereft preacher at a burial. Phrases like “No words can explain, the way that I am missing

you” and “… you told me not to cry when you are gone…” are heartbreaking. In the small room, with so many aware of the grief he was

experiencing, it was shattering with an emotional brilliance that demonstrated why this singing star, who put his whole career on hold to care for

a crippled partner who was dying, deserves to move on to bigger stages.

Collectively, Harkness and Simeone are two of today’s most respected musical artists’. Unlike Simeone’s exuberant persona, Harkness is

reserved with clever, understated quips that only enhance his buoyant partner’s in a way that complements the duo. They’re a perfect

commercial match in a show that can make waves beyond cabaret.

Not enough can be said about the artistry of Sean Harkness. He belongs in a league with legends like George Benson, Bill Frisell and Reinholdt

Django. He’s that good. His richly multi-layered licks are awesome in their execution on a superbly restrained “When Sunny Gets Blue” from

1956 (Fisher-Segal) and “My Favorite Things” (Rodgers-Hammerstein ll) to his own brilliant “Spring Holiday”, the man’s talent knows no bounds.

Seeing both together, letting loose, on the same stage iis a stroke of booking genius. Each has shared the stage with many excellent partners

over the years. However, this overdue union proves to be a hands down winner in a must see show.

Blue: An Evening of Sean Harkness & Marcus Simeone runs at Don’t Tell Mama on Sundays, May 28, June 18 and July 23.

 

Miranda Music Announces new release ~ 

Marcus Simeone Alone…With Tracy Stark 

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(Release date: March 21, 2015)

  Marcus Simeone Alone... With Tracy Stark is the fifth release on Miranda Music for multi-award

 winning vocalist Marcus Simeone. Known for his 5-octave, passionate tenor ( “Transfixed... his voice, at its high

end, suggests a more thickly textured echo of Michael Jackson's.” NY Times, November, 2014,)

Marcus again kicks off a haunting, intimate sojourn of musical exploration – this time
alone with

another multi-award winner, Tracy Stark, on piano (except for three cuts.)

 Covering an eclectic mix of haunting standards, Broadway and pop songs by legendary and rising

songwriters, Marcus gently ignites the inner flame of a lyric as this emotionally romantic and 

playful journey through time unfolds.

Tracy Stark lends her superb musicianship as arranger and accompanist throughout,

complementing his vocals to perfection on this unique CD collaboration. Together, they make

musical magic.

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 On “I Have Dreamed” and “I'll Never Say Goodbye” (“The Promise,”) Marcus is joined by cabaret's

acclaimed soprano Maria Ottavia. Each cut is filled with stunning vocals.


Guitarist and
pianist Michael Sansonia movingly accompanies Marcus on two bonus cuts, “The

Twelfth Of Never”and “Misty” for a thrilling result that lingers. 

 Marcus Simeone Alone... With Tracy Stark was officially released with a gala sold out concert at

 the iconic St. George Theatre on Staten Island on March 21, 2015.

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For further information on this and his other CDs, contact Kitty Skrobela at

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it The album is available at CDBaby, iTunes, etc. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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The Truth About ...

 

Transfixed ... His voice at its high end, suggests a
more thickly textured echo of Michael Jackson.”

Stephen Holden: New York Times, November 2013

TruthCD CoverMarcus Simeone is one of those rare vocalists who actually seems to be creating a song as he sings it. This is easily realized at the top by his simple, melancholic opening cut, “Long Time To Cry,” written with Tracy Stark. The CD is book-ended with another classic original, “Lullaby” written with Charles Rice. Throughout this album of deeply compelling and intimate songs he collaborates with some extraordinary contemporary songwriters and musicians on great arrangements of story songs that serve a purpose; to share a journeyman's truth about a life and that journey – his journey.
This multi-award winner with the 5-octave, pitch perfect voice has produced his fourth CD on the Miranda Music label. Lilting cuts include a riveting duet with sultry singing star and touring partner Tanya Holt (with whom he recently paired with on shows in New York City and New England resulting in rave reviews - including the New York Times. Their soaring harmonies bring new life to Jimmy Webb's riveting “Beyond Myself.” Marcus also interprets two achingly beautiful covers of an early Bee Gees' haunting rarity, “I Started A Joke”and John Prine's moving “Hello In There” giving a tender nod to forgotten faces in the crowd. A pop/rock version of Motown's Berry Gordon/Janie Bradford's “Money” is knocked out of the park here. Same goes with a full-throttle orchestration on the hot Latin-infused dynamo, “Fair Enough.” As on his other albums, the versatility of songs displays his well-known ability to comfortably sing in all genres. With an emphasis on pop/soul, The Truth About... is his most personal album to date and reflects milestones from his life.
On several cuts, he invited some of today's rising songwriters to sit in and accompany him on their original songs such as award winners Tim DiPasqua (“You”), Brett Kristofferson (“Things That Haunt Me”) and Heather Sullivan (“Autumn Rains.”) Music director-arranger/songwriter Tracy Stark shines at the keys on the reflective ballad“Camera.
Other unique selections include passionate versions of “Cold Enough To Snow” by Allan Menkin and Stephen Schwartz, “End Of the World” (Mybe/St. Louis/Williams/Angelo), “I Had This Man” (Wakefeld/Smith) as well as “What About Love?” (Russell/Willis/Bray), Ashford and Simpson's “I Ain't Been Licked” and his stunning original, “Lullaby”(another duet with Tanya Holt.) This electrifying CD of gems bursts with Marcus Simeone's unique, and powerful mix of highly charged, emotional songs through use of his uncanny tenor, flawless phrasing and lyrical gymnastics that ultimately tells his story of one who has faced, conquered and interprets life through his own eyes as only he can in a singular voice that has been likened to several truth-tellers in song such as Johnny Mathis, Luther Vandross and Michael Jackson (NY Times – Nov.2013.)


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Marcus and Tracy Stark 2011 MAC Award winners for  Song of The Year "Haunted"
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