Marcus Terell is a vocalist with the Chicago Groove Collective, one of our fantastic bands here at Stitely Entertainment. This Kansas City, Missouri boy’s got soul, and he recently sat down to tell us about his story and endeavors in music. Keep reading to learn more about the talented guy from America’s Got Talent!
Stitely Entertainment: What are the five songs you’re listening to the most right now?
Marcus Terell: Right now I’m rehearsing for my upcoming show at Chicago’s City Winery. So I’m listening to everything from Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel,” The Temptations’ “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” to Barrett Strong’s “Money (That’s What I Want)”. Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven” and Beyonce’s “Flaws & All” have been stuck in my head for the past month as well. Good music.
SE: Who or what inspired you to be a professional musician?
MT: Ironically enough the two artists that made me say, “I wanna do that” when I was younger were Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown. I remember seeing the music video for “Greatest Love Of All” and thinking who is this woman?! Bobby Brown’s music video for “Every Little Step” EPIC!! I WILL own a bright yellow suit one these days!!
SE: What’s your craziest event story?
MT: When I competed on NBC’S America’s Got Talent there was a point in the competition where I was completely eliminated. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. The Serenades and I were preparing for a night on the town in Vegas when we got a call an hour later to head back to the studios. Before the night was over, I was in the Top 40. That was pretty crazy!
SE: Do you have any regular gigs?
MT: Yes. I am a vocalist with Chicago Groove Collective under Stitely Entertainment. I am also a lead vocalist with The Alley Cats, an acapella Doo-Wop group.
SE: Do you play in any other groups? Tell us about them.
MT: I also have my own band, Marcus Terell & The Serenades. Collectively we have competed on NBC’S America’s Got Talent, FOX’S American Idol, MTV’S Making The Band 4, The Glee Project, TLC’S RU The Girl, The Missy Elliott Project and TruTV’S Killer Karaoke. We have our own Motown revue entitled, “BACK TO REALITY: A personal and musical journey through the ups and downs of reality TV.” Set to the music of Motown, Classic Rock N’ Roll, and Soul we share our experience of competing on some of the nation’s top televised talent competitions.
SE: How did you become involved with music?
MT: I was raised in the church where gospel music was just a way of life. From there I got more involved with various choirs and ensembles in school. My first professional gig was at Worlds Of Fun, a theme park in my hometown of Kansas City, Missouri.
SE: What was your first concert?
MT: I can’t recall my first concert, however, my all time favorite has to be the most recent. I got to see Prince live in concert for the very first time at City Winery Chicago. It was an unbelievable show. I still can’t believe that I will be performing on the same stage in less than a week! Unreal!!
SE: If you could share the stage with any musician, dead or alive, who would it be?
MT: Whitney Houston hands down. Although I’m not sure that I would remain conscious for the entire endeavor.
SE: You are stuck on a desert island forever. Which three albums do you want with you?
MT: Whitney Houston’s Greatest Hits album. It’s a 2-disc set so I’m kind of cheating there. India Arie’s Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationships. That album can get me through any bad day. Beyonce’s B’Day cause sometimes you just gotta get hype and let the inner diva out!
SE: Beatles or Stones?
Be sure to check out Marcus Terell & The Serenades LIVE at Chicago’s own City Winery Wednesday August 14th @8PM! Tickets are on sale now at www.citywinery.com or 312-733-WINE. You can also read about Marcus featured in the Chicago Sun Times along with Tony Lucca (NBC’S The Voice) and Casey Abrams (FOX’S American Idol).