Marcus “Da Fingaz” Manderson has attained many milestones in his musical career. With 25 years of musical training and dedication to his art of playing and making music, Marcus has been recognized as an outstanding musician, music producer, music composer, and audio engineer.
Marcus graduated Cum Laude from James Madison University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Industry with a concentration in Piano. To further complement his studies in music, Marcus went on to pursue audio engineering.
In 2007, Marcus completed the Audio Production Techniques program at the Omega Studios’ School of Applied Recording Arts and Sciences, where he finished top of the class, receiving both an Audio Production Certification and a ProTools Certification.
Because of his deep passion for music and his desire to continually enhance his musicianship, Marcuswanted to learn more about the business side of music in an effort to round out his musical career and audio engineering skills. In 2010, Marcus received his Master of Science in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University; he was the class valedictorian.
Being a gifted musician, songwriter, producer and music composer, Marcus has always stayed true to his beginnings in the church. God has always been the center of his life and those who know him can attest to his humble spirit. Inspired by his upbringing in a Baptist church, Marcus is able to fuse elements of gospel music, jazz music, urban and other genres into his musical productions and performances.
Marcus continues to create music and applies his knowledge of music, engineering, recording, and mixing in both live sound and studio settings. When asked what he wants to accomplish with his music, Marcusresponded, “I want my music to be able to provide for me and my family. I do not need fame. Knowing that I am able to provide for them by doing what I love to do is the greatest blessing”.
Currently, Marcus is an AudioVisual Advisor Technician with the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC where he has created music for various organizational projects, online advertisements and television ads as well as engineered several live events, including high profile lectures and concerts. He also serves as the Chief Musician of his home church in Virginia. Marcus has been married to the love of his life for the past ten years has and two beautiful children. He currently resides in Manassas, VA.
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