Marcus Eaton is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and composer who has released music both on his own and in tandem with David Crosby, who has been inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Marcus ended up co-writing many songs, singing harmony, and touring and performing with Crosby’s famed band.
David and filmmaker A.J. Eaton worked together musically on the soundtrack for the documentary David Crosby: Remember My Name, which had its world premiere in competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
I had a lengthy interview with him in which he spoke about his musical interests, last album, and future plans.
What is your real and official showbiz name?
How long have you been making music and what attracted you to it?
I have been making music since I was 5 or 6. I became interested in playing the guitar very early on and received a guitar for Christmas when I was 9. I am very fortunate to have grown up with a father who is an amazing musician and grandparents who were opera singers.
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
I recorded my first album in 1999 with my first band (Marcus Eaton and The Lobby.) The recording is a significant learning process because you are under the microscope. Despite the fact that I was very young, the album still has some great songs.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
Because I grew up in a secluded area, I developed a deep appreciation of nature. Even though I find inspiration in many things including art, books, hiking, travelling etc, I can always count on nature to keep me grounded and inspired. I love to learn new things and continue to be a student of life and music.
What are your friend’s and parents’ thoughts on your career in singing?
I have had a lot of career support from my friends and family, especially my mother. Again, I am fortunate. When your soul knows its purpose, you follow your instincts and those around you recognize it.
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
There are too many to name…I think it is very difficult to create something original and get above all the noise. Social media is full of people vying for your attention and you have to find an audience who values what you are doing. That is the biggest challenge.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
It is a double-edged sword. You can connect with people all over the world and reach people in new ways. At the same time, it is overwhelming and the information age is also the age of misinformation.
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
My advice is to be wholly authentic and put your effort into writing great songs. Right now we don’t have enough artists thinking about their music standing the test of time and too many artists are trying to sound like someone else. Our uniqueness is our biggest strength and I want to hear more unique music.
What is your current project about?
My current project (album) is about the fascinating and crazy times we are living in. I am trying to make sense of it all and help people do the same. The songs are healing and I hope they will uplift others.
What does this song mean to you?
‘Bystander’ is a powerful song about being aware of what others are going through and taking the opportunity to help them if you can. I think Covid has shut people down emotionally and we are really lacking connection right now. We cannot be afraid to help another person.
What are your hobbies?
I love to do all sorts of art; painting, drawing and sculpting. I love hiking and nature and I love to travel. I am learning another language and I hope to be fluent this year!
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Everything I want to say is contained in my songs. But, I would say, thank you for supporting my creative journey and I hope my music connects you back to yourself in the best possible way! My music is meant to be shared, so by all means, share it!