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Baltimore vocal artist sets musical goals for self and future

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Word of mouth can be very effective in this business. As this writer has met and interviewed people in the performing, visual or literary arts, many times, the word is spread and other artists become interested in having their stories told. Such is the case with this particular interview, concluded on Monday, August 4, 2014. This writer was very impressed with the focus of this artist as well as the plans he has already set for his life. The following interview resulted from our conversation.

Q1. How do you describe what you do? A. I sing classical music, opera, pop and R&B .

Q2. When, why and how did you get started? A. I started singing at a young age. I really got involved with it when I started singing in my elementary school choir, Leithwalk Elementary.

Q3. Who influenced/influences you the most? A. I have more than one. Classically, my main influence is my voice teacher, Robert Canterell. When it comes to R&B music, my influence is John Legend.

Q4. Where have you performed? A. I have performed at the Lyric Opera House (lyricoperahouse.com/) for a summer program I attended, but I mostly do school performances and recitals at the Baltimore School for the Arts (www.bsfa.org/).

Q5. What's next for you? A. I have plans to expand my classical training at school and explore that style of music a lot more, but I am also keeping my options open musically.

Q6. Where do you see yourself five years from now? A. I will be a Junior in college; I'll be 21 so basically performing any and everywhere I can and just trying to establish myself in the music world and life in general.

Q7. What challenges did you experience in your area of the arts and how do you get beyond them? A. A challenge that I constantly face has to do with my body because my voice hasn't fully developed so it's changing and I have to be patient and take care of myself physically and mentally in order to perfect my voice.

Q8.` How do you want to be remembered? A. I want to be remembered as a person who was very in love with his craft because I am. Singing can be an extension of a person and many things I don't or can't say, I sing about in order to express myself.

Q9. What advice would you give to the next generation or another young person interested in the arts? A. My advice would be to be very careful about who you involve yourself with and who you trust because people can either help or hurt you.

Q10. How can people get in touch with you? A. Email is the easiest way to get in touch with me. marcusa.5298@gmail.com

Even though Marcus Andrews is a vocalist still in training, it is obvious that he has a golden road awaiting him in the future. Thank you, Marcus, for allowing me the opportunity to spotlight you and your goals.

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