On Wednesday, August 12, 2020 Singer-songwriter and record producer Marlon Saunders has released a new song “Dark Day” on ENSE Music.
“Dark Day” is a virtual collaboration with music producer, classical/jazz pianist and all-around synth nerd, John Manni.
John said, “I feel like we actually did something to be proud of, we created something that will make a dent in the world for the better, something to help continued change and give hope at the same time. There were zero egos involved, just the great creator’s work working through us and I am thankful for every single second of this process.”
Also Marlon Saunders said, “The song speaks to the complexities we are facing in The United States of America with systemic racism and systemic racism. The idea of Jesus singing the blues, for me is a very powerful image, allowing the mind to imagine Jesus having a dark hue that is not European.”
“I tried to weave what we are seeing in our country today—the senseless killings of black bodies, hoping conversations could be shared with the idea of honoring life and all black lives. I pray one day we will hold space that is not entangled in hatred.” concluded Marlon
Marlon is a Berklee College Of Music Alumni and veteran in the music industry. He has worked with various artists such as Michael Jackson, Cynthia Erivo, Lauryn Hill, Javier Colon, Billy Joel, Sting, Bobby McFerrin, Joe Henderson, Ron Carter, Shawn Colvin, Nine Inch Nails, Jane Siberry, Shania Twain, Martha Wash, and Dance Theatre of Harlem and has toured and gathered singers and directed choirs for artists such as Stevie Wonder, Sam Smith, Logic, Mondo Cozmo and Andrea Bocelli.
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” and has performed a Christmas a cappella version of “Dreams Dreams”, the theme from Night Into Dreams with a small vocal ensemble that can be heard during the ending credits of Christmas Nights as well as on its soundtrack.
Marlon also made a brief appearance in the film Enchanted as a calypso singer who sings “That’s How You Know” with Amy Adams and made a cameo appearance in Billboard Hit singer-songwriter Fawn’s song “Wait For The Sun Black Lives Matter”.
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On Wednesday, December 14, 2011 The Multicultural Motion Picture Association and American Society of Young Musicians presented their 12th Annual Hollywood Holiday Celebrity Toy Drive Extravaganza to benefit disadvantaged Children in the Los Angeles County Public Service Agencies and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
“The 12th Annual Hollywood Holiday Celebrity Toy Drive Extravaganza was a huge success! Many thanks to everyone that took time out of their schedule to participate.” said Jarvee Hutcherson, MMPA and ASYM President.
The event was hosted by XAI Verandah Lounge located at 7677 Sunset Blvd in Hollywood, California 90046 from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
The requirement by event organizers was to make a donation to their charitable organizations and to take an unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more.
There was a red carpet, dessert table, gift bag given to all attendees at the end of event which included a CD from Izzy Chait title “Izzy Chait Love For The Holidays”.
Some of the celebrities and personalities the brought unwrapped toys and the attended the event were Dr. Mark Valinsky, Kitty Pleasant, Juan Hutcherson, Jennifer Murphy, Johnny Venokur and many more.
Also there was a live performance by Izzy Chait and oh course Santa Claus was among the guests.
The Multicultural Motion Picture Association and American Society of Young Musicians are 501c3 non-profit organizations.
Photos credit to: Bob Delgadillo from Bob Delgadillo Photographer
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