Marcus Nance | The Voice Next Door

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The Voice Next Door

by Marcus Nance

Marcus Nance will surround you with his rich and powerful bass voice singing classics such as Summertime, Strange Fruit and Black and Blue as well as a Chopin inspired Nature Boy and an uplifting Ol' Man River.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My One and Only Love
5:09 $0.99
2. They Say It's Wonderful
4:32 $0.99
3. You Can't Run Around
3:01 $0.99
4. Nature Boy/Waltz op. 69 #2
4:26 $0.99
5. Old Man Harlem
2:21 $0.99
6. Summertime
4:13 $0.99
7. Fanette
4:58 $0.99
8. I Don't Remember Christmas
2:18 $0.99
9. Work Song
2:40 $0.99
10. Strange Fruit
3:52 $0.99
11. Black and Blue
3:30 $0.99
12. Come Sunday
4:00 $0.99
13. God Will Provide a Lamb
3:30 $0.99
14. Ol' Man River
2:59 $0.99
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Album Notes
My career has been equal parts cabaret, theatre and opera and I find that I am most satisfied as an artist when I keep my toes in each of these fields. Every style I sing colours the other. My cabaret has the richness of opera and my opera has the life and rhythm of cabaret.

In this recording I wanted to share my love for rich and smooth ballads (My One and Only Love, They Say It's Wonderful) as well as my experience growing up as a black child in the 1970"s (Black and Blue, Strange Fruit). I also wanted to share the joys of growing up in a religious family and how that has influenced my life (Come Sunday, God Will Provide a Lamb). And last but not least I have added a few theatre songs including Ol' Man River which has become the most requested song of my career.

I think the most exciting performances are live, so I went at this recording as if I was performing in front of an audience; we did not record line by line and then stick it together. We did each song from beginning to end with everyone in the same room. I wanted a natural and powerful performance... the way music should always be delivered..

Thanks to my pianists Franklin Brasz, Mark Eisenman and Patti Loach; and a special thanks to Michel Glasco on accordion.

I hope you enjoy my debut CD. May it bring you the joy that music has brought me all of my life.



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Keith McKee

What a Voice to Have Next Door
It has been said that if Marcus Nance's voice was really the voice next door, nobody would leave the house! Nance is an incredibly powerful baritone who until recently delighted audiences as Caiaphas in Des McAnuff's Broadway revival of "Jesus Christ Superstar." Nance enjoys a solid operatic and musical theatre career and the diversity of this career is reflected in "The Voice Next Door." Nature Boy and Fanette are just two examples of songs that Nance has been singing for some time to audience satisfaction. Fanette especially sends chills down one's spine as Nance interprets the song to tell a moving tale of imagined love and rejection. Likewise Nance digs deep into his American-American roots to bring powerful renditions of Black and Blue the classic Strange Fruit. Nance is able to capture with his voice the pain of generations of African-Americans who suffered brutality. Nance also honours where he comes from in two spirituals Come Sunday and God Will Provide a Lamb. It is the latter that showcases Nance's baritone abilities. It was a brave choice to include this spiritual on the album. Not as well known as Come Sunday, it also tells the story of sacrifice , choices, and hardship. Then there is the delightful I Don't Remember Christmas, the funniest song about love gone awry. I guarantee you'll be singing along to this song in no time. It is true. If Nance's voice were really the voice next door, our windows would remain open and we would eavesdrop every melody.

Lori Joachim Fredrics

Great Music sung with real artistry
This is an amazing CD. I highly recommend it. When hearing the CD, my mom, remarked that she has not heard the music of this tradition sung so well since Paul Robeson, and she is lucky to have had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Robeson live in his prime.
As a singer myself, I find this album and inspiration and as I listener I was entirely entertained. Get this and enjoy!