As part of Cricket Wireless and Muve Music’s inaugural Muve First Artist Challenge, seven hip hop and R&B artists will compete for your votes for six weeks until one artist is crowned the January 2013 Muve First Artist. To help you decide which artist to vote for, we’ve provided profiles on each of the artists so you can learn a little more about where their music is coming from.
Meet Marcus Canty, one of our seven artists.
While working on a project that he hoped would garner a major label deal, Marcus Canty heard about “X Factor” auditions and saw his chance at stardom. Once he learned that music executive Antonio “L.A.” Reid would be serving as a judge and coach on the talent show, it seemed all too perfect.
“On the show, L.A. challenged my mind and my voice; he was a father figure and a friend. During Rock ‘N’ Roll week on ‘X Factor’ I wanted to do Tina Turner’s ‘Proud Mary.’ When I played it for him, he agreed that it was huge record,” Marcus recalls. “But then he showed me Janis Joplin’s ‘Take Another Little Piece of My Heart’ and it opened my eyes to versatility.”
Now as he preps his album, Marcus hopes to collaborate with Timbaland, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and even Quincy Jones.
“I want a classic album and it’s tough to get that out the gate, but I think it’s possible,” Marcus says with confidence. “It’s about telling stories and there aren’t many in music today. But I want to tell stories that connect with people in my own way.”
You can download his track “In & Out” featuring Wale on Muve Music today.
If you like what you’ve read, be sure to visit the Muve First Artist Challenge tab and vote for Marcus Canty.
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