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Marcus - Wedding & Party Singer. Jazz/Swing & Ratpack through to Soul and Pop classics for dancing.
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Welcome to my page. I'm Marcus - singer and musician from the Hampshire/ Surrey borders - performing Swing/Ratpack/Soul/Pop and Classic songs through the decades perfect for special occasions. With a live performing background going back over 25 years, I am very experienced in getting a rapport going with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. I have a very wide repertoire and can always adapt the music to suit your event and your audience. Past clients have been kind enough to say that I have a 'lovely singing voice' and an 'infectious enthusiasm for the music which soon spreads to the audience'. I sing and play a nice mix of popular tunes from Ratpack, through Motown, Soul and Pop songs from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s all the way through to contemporary numbers by George Ezra and Ed Sheeran – either in the background or for dancing, depending on the nature of your event. I can always find the right choice for Wedding Drinks Receptions, Special Birthdays/ Anniversaries or Dinner and Dance events. When the ambience is right - for example at a Summer Garden Party - I also play atmospheric jazz trumpet. For your event, you can choose particular songs you like from my repertoire list, or you can tell me the vibe you're looking for and I’ll do the rest. I enjoy the musical challenge of learning new songs, so I am happy to learn a first dance song for a wedding or anniversary to personalise your set list and help make the occasion extra special. I offer a number of different packages when I perform, and typically play during one of the following options... Anniversaries/ Special Birthdays - One hour set of swinging classics performed in a cabaret style to get your guests in the party mood without drowning out the conversation, often before/during or after a sit down meal. Dinner and Dance - Two live one hour sets, the first set- vintage classics to get the atmosphere going, the second - set uptempo for dancing. Weddings - 1) Drinks Reception - I will create the perfect ambience for your Drinks Reception. Before or during the photographs, I entertain your guests with some swing and infectious classic songs. I often perform outside – (depending on the great British weather of course!) 2) Wedding Breakfast - non obtrusive, romantic ballads and tasteful background music for you and your guests to enjoy. 3) Evening Reception - I will learn your special song for you as a ‘First dance’ and then play one or two up-tempo live sets for you and your guests to dance to. (Additional DJ service available after the live sets to keep the dancing going. Please let me know in advance if you require this service).

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50 gigs
Veteran: 50 bookings through Encore
Jazz, Swing, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Ragtime, Barbershop, Gospel, Easy listening, Pop, Acoustic, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Rock 'n' Roll, Pop rock
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Birthday party, Christmas party, Recording session, New Year's Eve, Church service, Cruise, Concert
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MC, Singing teaching, Instrumental teaching
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Marcus' Song list

Swing/ Ratpack Jazz & Classic songs:
Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
That's Amore - Dean Martin
Volare - Dean Martin
Fly me to the moon - Frank Sinatra
Let There Be Love - Nat King Cole
I've Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra/ Michael Buble
Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darin
New York New York - Frank Sinatra
I Get A Kick Out Of You - Frank Sinatra
L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole/Michael Buble
King Of The Road - Roger Miller
16 Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford/ Robbie Williams
That's Life - Frank Sinatra
Strangers In The Night - Frank Sinatra
Ain’t love a kick in the head - Dean Martin
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli
Let's Face The Music and Dance - Frank Sinatra
Have You Met Miss Jones - Frank Sinatra/ Robbie Williams
Something Stupid - Frank Sinatra
Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps - Doris Day
Feeling Good - Nina Simone/Michael Buble
The Lady is a tramp - Ella Fitzgerald
Let's Fall In Love - Ella Fitzgerald
On The Sunny Side Of The Street - Ella Fitzgerald
Mack the Knife - Louis Armstrong/ Bobby Darin
On The Street Where You Live - Dean Martin
The Girl From Ipanema - Frank Sinatra
Nice and Easy Does It - Frank Sinatra
Route 66 - Nat King Cole
Sway - Dean Martin
The Last Waltz - Engelbert Humperdinck
Hallelujah I love her so - Ray Charles
Hello Dolly - Louis Armstrong
Singing The Blues - Guy Mitchell
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Frank Sinatra
That's Life - Frank Sinatra
Life is a Cabaret - Louis Armstrong
Something's Gotta Give - Sammy Davis Jnr.
Witchcraft - Frank Sinatra
When You're Smiling - Frank Sinatra
Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra
You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You - Dean Martin
How D'Ya Like Your Eggs In The Morning? - Dean Martin
Mambo Italiano - Dean Martin
Just In Time - Frank Sinatra
The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
Let's Face The Music and Dance - Nat King Cole
Ain’t Misbehavin’ - Fats Waller
Delilah - Tom Jones
Green, green grass of home - Tom Jones
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Forever In Blue Jeans - Neil Diamond
Can't Help Falling In Love With You - Elvis Presley
Take Me Home Country Road - John Denver
Wake Up Little Susie - Everley Brothers
Dream - Everley Brothers
Bye Bye Love - Everley Brothers
Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
Ain't That A Shame - Fats Domino
Accentuate the Positive - Bing Crosby
You Make Me Feel So Young - Frank Sinatra
Songs for Dancing:
You Can't Hurry Love - Diana Ross/ Phil Collins
We Are Family - Sister Sledge
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Mercy - Duffy
Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
This Old Heart Of Mine - The Isley Brothers
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen
9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode/ The Saturdays
Dancing Queen - Abba
I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
Get Ready - The Temptations
Love Is In The Air - John Paul Young
Oh What A Night - Franki Valli & the 4 seasons
Footloose - Kenny Logins
I’m a Believer - Monkees
I Had the Time of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
Brown eyed girl - Van Morrison
Something Good - Herman's Hermits
Glad All Over - Dave Clark Five
Shake a Tailfeather - Ray Charles/ Blues Brothers
Uptown Girl - Billy Joel/Westlife
One Love - Bob Marley
New Shoes - Paulo Nutini
Twistin' The Night Away - Sam Cooke
Doo Wah Diddy - Mannfred Mann
All Shook Up - Elvis Presley
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley
Celebration - Kool & The Gang
I saw her standing there - The Beatles
I'm A Believer - The Monkees
Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry
You Never Can Tell (From Pulp Fiction) - Chuck Berry
I Only Want To Be With You - Dusty Springfield
Red Red Wine - UB40
One Love - Bob Marley
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Franki Valli & The 4 Seasons
Just Wanna Dance The Night Away - The Mavericks
Bad Moon Rising - Credence Clearwater Revival
Don't Be Cruel -Elvis Presley
Wake up little Susie - Everley Brothers
Bye Bye Love - Everley Brothers
Oh Boy - Buddy Holly
Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealer's Wheel
Rescue Me - Fontella Bass
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Frank Sinatra
Yeh Yeh - Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames
Twist and Shout - The Beatles
Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
Moondance - Van Morrison/Michael Buble
Bright Side Of The Road - Van Morrison
Christmas songs
Jingle Bells - Frank Sinatra
I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas - Bing Crosby
Santa Claus is coming to Town - Michael Buble
The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole
Winter Wonderland - Bing Crosby
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow! - Dean Martin
Stop The Cavalry - Jona Lewie
Merry Christmas Everybody - Slade
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Bing Crosby/Michael Buble
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas - Michael Buble
Blue Christmas - Elvis
I wish it could be Xmas every day - Wizzard
Ding Dong Merrily On High - Standard
Once In Royal David's City - Standard
We 3 Kings - Standard
Auld Lang Syne - Standard
Soulful Ballads:
My Girl - Temptations
I Say a Little Prayer For You - Aretha Franklin
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
Just The Two Of Us - Bill Withers
What a wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Easy Like Sunday Morning - Commodores
Don't Look Back In Anger - Oasis
Save The Last Dance For Me - The Drifters
To Love Somebody - Michael Buble
Love Is All Around - The Troggs
I Knew I Loved You Before I Met You - Savage Garden
When I fall in Love - Nat King Cole
At Last - Etta James
Dream a little dream of me - Ella Fitzgerald
Georgia on my mind - Ray Charles
L.O.V.E. Love - Nat King Cole
My Way - Frank Sinatra
Sitting on the Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
Under The Boardwalk - The Drifters
On Broadway - The Drifters
Up on the roof - The Drifters
All I have To Do Is Dream - Everley Brothers
I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
Welcome To My World - Jim Reeves
Fly me to the moon - Sinatra
You'll Never Walk Alone
Let There Be Love - Nat King Cole
Drift Away - Dobie Gray
Georgia on my mind - Ray Charles
Make you feel my love - Adele
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and I actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via my PA after the final set until the venue closes, I provide this for a small additional fee (Probably in the region of £40/50 depending on how late you want to continue).

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as my PA is set up I can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for my live performance!

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

My set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, I'm definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event, You can certainly choose your favourite songs from my repertoire and I'll fit them in at a suitable point.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely. I bring my own P.A./lights etc and it's all fully insured and P.A.T. tested.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in my song list there may still be a chance I already know it. If there is a special song you'd like me to learn - for example for your 'First Dance' I am more than happy to do this for you for free. If you wanted 3 or more new songs - I could still do it with sufficient notice but there would be a small additional charge (£30/40).

What do your clients love most about your performances?

From a customer review by Julia (Birthday party) Marcus arrived at the venue well in advance of the start time. His performance was really terrific. He was able to judge the mood of the guests brilliantly and they all really enjoyed his singing. I could not rate him more highly. He made all the difference to the party and I have had some great feedback.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

L'Horizon Hotel, St. Brelade's Bay, Jersey, Beaulieu Hotel, Lyndhurst, Southdowns Manor Hotel, Petersfield, Forest Lodge Hotel, New Forest, South Winchester Golf Club, Royal Solent Yacht Club, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, La Locanda Del Duca Restaurant, Eastbourne, Old Thorns Hotel, Liphook, Lasham Gliding Club The Winter Gardens Eastbourne, Farnham Rugby Club

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Vocalists - Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner Trumpeters/Jazz musicians - Louis Armstrong, Kenny Ball, Benny Goodman, Johnny Hodges

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

I played as support for 'Ward Thomas' who are a very popular sister act duo with a Number 1 Album - 'Cartwheels'.

Marcus' Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£350
Up to 1 hour£350
Up to 2 hours£425
Up to 3 hours£525
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 55 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.


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Marcus' Reviews

From Encore customers:

Annemarie H
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Marcus was really good and he made me and my guests very much involved .

Reply from Marcus
1 month ago

It was a great evening! Thank you Annemarie to you all for making me so welcome. Best wishes, Marcus

Len M
2 months ago
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5 out of 5

Marcus recently sang at our 50th wedding anniversary party & he was great. He is a very pleasant man who was very happy to discuss before the event how we wanted the evening to go. It was obviously a very mixed crowd of all ages & we can honestly say that all our guests, whether young or older, thought Marcus hit the nail right on the head with his choice of songs. His repertoire is extremely varied with songs for all occasions. We had a sit down meal & Marcus played light background music while we ate, followed by singing afterwards. He was very good at judging his audience & picking the right songs to get everyone dancing. We all had a great evening & would thoroughly recommend Marcus for any event.

Tracy G
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

We hired Marcus for a resident event at a sheltered housing scheme, and the residents absolutely loved him! He really engaged with the audience, taking requests and involving them all through the performance. I have no doubt that Marcus would add a bit of sparkle to any event. Thanks Marcus!!

Reply from Marcus
3 months ago

Dear Tracy, thank you to you and your team for making me so welcome. They were a really fun crowd to sing with! Best wishes to everyone.

Tracey B
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Marcus was great , would definitely book him again

Reply from Marcus
3 months ago

Thank you for making me so welcome Tracey, really enjoyed it.

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From other customers:

Trevor P
5 years ago

We had a private dinner party at home for 16 and Marcus was the after dinner entertainment. He started with some background music as everyone drunk their coffee and chatted, but soon cranked up the music and had everyone dancing. He sang a varied list of songs that we all knew and we all had just the most fantastic evening. I was not sure that my guests were going to let Marcus finish as they kept asking for more and more songs. Would I have Marcus again at a party, without a doubt, would I recommend him to others, most certainly. (10 / 10)

Barbara M
6 years ago

Marcus played at our son’s christening earlier this year, he was fantastic! He played gentle jazz during the afternoon and interacted with young and old alike. The children played and sang along, with the inflatable guitars, saxophones and microphones he had brought along with him. A little later in the afternoon Marcus did another set of rock and roll and feet tapping classics – everyone was up dancing and singing along. Thank you Marcus for making the whole afternoon so much fun and gauging the audience so well.

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