Marlon Saunders is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Marlon teaches at Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU, The New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, The Seamless Voice and was a former professor of voice at Berklee College of Music. Marlon has two solo recordings on his independent label, Black Honey Records: the improvisational A Groove So Deep: The Live Sessions and 2003's Enter My Mind. Marlon was co-founder of The Jazzhole, a New York based band, widely regarded as one of the key members of the acid-jazz movement. Marlon also co-founded the Afrocentric soul-jazz vocal ensemble Sepia, known throughout the world for their soul-stirring lyrics and beautiful harmonies. Marlon recently released the critically acclaimed single, “The People Are Ready To Dance Again” followed by the single, “Ever Changed” and the most recent, “Let’s Get Something Straight.”
Marlon toured with Stevie Wonder on The Songs In The Key of Life Tour. He also served as the vocal contractor for Sam Smith, Bastille and most recently new pop/rock band Mondo Cozmo. Marlon has toured with Bobby McFerrin as a member of his vocal group, Voicestra. As a session and touring singer, he has worked with a variety of artists such as Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Billy Joel, Sting, Darius Ruckert, Donald Brown, Joe Henderson, Ron Carter, Shawn, Nine Inch Nails, Jane Siberry, Shania Twain, Vanessa Williams, Julee Cruise, Sting, Martha Wash, Freddie Jackson, Jeffrey Osbourne, Tramaine Hawkins, Peabo Bryson, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Ronald K. Brown.
Marlon has contributed to the video game scene as well, particularly games made by Sega. He is best known for doing vocals on both versions of Knuckles' theme, "Unknown From M.E." in Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2. Marlon also performs on the soundtrack to the Burning Rangers game, singing one of the ending songs, "We are Burning Rangers".
Marlon appears as the Calypso Singer in the popular Disney film, Enchanted. Marlon sings the Academy Award-nominated song, “That’s How You Know” with Amy Adams, who appears in the role of Giselle. The song also received best-song nominations at the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Awards. Marlon also performed “That’s How You Know” live at the 80th Annual Academy Awards with Tony award winner Kristin Chenoweth.
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