Showcasing the Arts

Featured Artist:
Marcus Wilkerson


 

Michelle Hayden
Marcus Wilkerson, a juried member of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Artists and Teaching Artists directories, plays acoustic guitar; West African, Central African and Afro-Latin percussion; banjo and other instruments, in addition to being a vocalist. His writing style is inspired by poets, hip-hop artists and short story authors.
Marcus Wilkerson believes in the power of the root sound. Every tone and frequency can be heard in nature. “After all music is but an audible landscape which we use to communicate with the unseen, much like its literal form, landscapes. This is how we tap into the spiritual realm.”

Marcus often writes his songs while walking in nature, sometimes even in dreams or during heightened emotion. He calls it channeling. Usually it starts off as a murmur then a melody or the other way around. Suddenly a song emerges.

In addition to being a vocalist, Marcus also plays acoustic guitar; West African, Central African and Afro-Latin percussion; banjo and some of its incarnations. Sometimes his music can be classified as folk or world, but he has a term called biorhythmic expression that touches on something that is far more visceral and personal. Sometimes you can hear him vocalizing in this rhythmic verbiage that is almost spoken word, yet jazz singing. His writing style is inspired by poets, hip-hop artists and short story authors. It is safe to at least call Marcus’ brand of music a kind of roots music.

Marcus is from Louisville and lives with his family in Lexington, which he considers his spiritual home.

Artist’s statement:

My mission is to perpetuate the culture of our ancestors through stories of my own personal transformation, to channel the spirit of the cultures that came before me in order to speak to the deepest part of the human soul and psyche, and to inspire dreams and to awaken the people to those deep connections to universal consciousness by any audible means necessary. It is what music has done for me, after all. The very least I can do is pay it forward.

 

Marcus Wilkerson
Lexington, Ky.
Email: marcuslwilkerson@gmail.com

 

Page last updated: July 7, 2020
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