Some positive news… I won the open mic contest at Eddie’s Attic on Monday night!
IAIRA-charting songs confirm Lawson’s music is a popular commodity
Woodstock, GA – Singer/songwriter/keyboardist Marc Lawson has won a slot to perform on the Main Stage at the Taste of Chamblee after several rounds of competition. The contest for the coveted slots took place over four different nights. Each artist performed 3 songs before a panel of judges consisting of members of the Chamblee Alliance for Arts and Culture. “I am thrilled to be part of this event,” enthuses Lawson. “It’s a tremendous opportunity to reach such a large group of people with my music. We are going to rock it!” Lawson plans to perform with his 4 piece band.
The Third Annual Taste of Chamblee – a festival for the senses – will be held on August 21, 2010 from 11:30AM-8PM in Downtown Chamblee. It will bring together great food, live entertainment and some of the Southeast’s most talented visual artists for a one day community celebration in the heart of Chamblee. Admission is free. http://www.thetasteofchamblee.com
Lawson performs around the metro Atlanta area and recently had two of his songs “Were Those Better Days” and “Brand New Day” chart on the International Association of Independent Recording Artists (IAIRA) radio chart. The IAIRA recognizes and honors artistic achievement, technical proficiency, and overall excellence in sound recording by monitoring chart activity as published in various reporting charts from around the world. “Brand New Day” qualified for Certification as an International Top 40 song.
Born in Winter Park, FL, and eventually settling in the northern suburbs of Atlanta, Marc took an early interest in drumming, and although he took a few lessons, he mastered the kit through hours of practice on his own. Atlanta is a mecca for “jammers” with numerous open mics and jams in bars throughout the metro area. Many a night would find Marc prowling the clubs toting his sticks with him, driving the backbeats for a plethora of diversely influenced musicians. As casual as this approach may have been, something started brewing in Marc’s soul – a deeper passion for music and the drive to do something further with his development as a musician.
Another instrument Marc plays fluently is the piano. Around 2006, he decided to trade in his sticks for a portable electronic keyboard, setting up at jams, not just to play the keys, but singing as well. He realized the keyboards helped him express more passion for the music he performed. “Over time, the desire to express melody and harmony led me to the piano. It gives me the freedom to interpret the entire song, not just the rhythm.”
As he delved deeper into honing his keyboard and vocal talents, Marc hit several stumbling blocks along the way. But instead of dwelling on them, he followed a cathartic path of writing songs, often expressing how he felt about his life and other subjects close to his heart. “When everything in my life fell to pieces, I survived by turning to music. Listening to it, playing it, and, eventually, writing it.”
Marc first tested his emotive songwriting when performing his original music at open mics. While channeling his feelings through influences as diverse as U2, the Foo Fighters, Mat Kearney, and Peter Gabriel, Marc’s song library evolved in size. Once he gained his footing in both songwriting and performing, Marc self-released his debut recording “These Empty Streets” in September of 2009, introducing his songs to the public with a CD release party at venerable Atlanta music venue Smith’s Olde Bar. The songs began creating a buzz immediately, as Target Audience Magazine proclaimed, “Watching him perform that night exposed new understanding of the power of his music and the passion with which he presents it live.” Press and fans alike have been drawn to Marc’s music, as he continues to perform live at clubs in the metro Atlanta area and events including the Cherokee County Music Society; 500 Songs For Kids; and the Children’s Restoration Network Concert which broke the Guinness World Record for being the longest concert with multiple artists.
With the fuse now ignited, Marc took it a step further and has now formed a band to fill out the sound he wants to convey. With music that is vocal-oriented, melodic, modern pop/rock, Marc is poised to spread his music to the masses with his new bandmates. Marc’s creative juices continue to flow; not always born from strife, but just as potently inspired while he creates at his keyboard. And regarding that attitude about “the best job is one that you would do for free anyway”, Marc placed a very serious driving mechanism behind that philosophy: “I am a goal-oriented person. My motivation comes from setting achievable goals and reaching them. My goal in playing music is to connect with people.”
For more information about Marc Lawson, please visit http://www.marclawsonmusic.com.
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