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Daily Inspiration: Meet Lloyd Marks

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lloyd Marks.

Hi Lloyd, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Well. I actually started in San Diego. With my first band Almost New. It was an interesting project to say the least. But I started giging immediately at the age of 18. Did almost every major venue down there. Then the band broke up when I was 22 years of age. That’s when I moved to LA. An old family friend named Steven Williams. He is a well-known PR guy. He got me an audition with the Ray Charles Foundation with Valerie Ervin. I did pretty good. So I was able to start my vocal lessons with the Legendary vocal coach Seth Riggs through them. Then I started doing gigs out here in Los Angeles like Mavericks Flatt. From then on, I kinda had a dry spell. Until I met up with my current manager Lamar Adams. Former Sony A&R. That’s when I put together my band Mr. Lloyd Marks and HooDoo man and released my Debut EP White Butterfly.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No. By any means, it has not been a smooth road. Some of the struggles along the way to be honest is my sobriety and mental health. It’s so easy to get caught up in the lifestyle. You are quick to forget why you started this in first place. And for me, it’s simply for the luv of music and trying to inspire those that need a inspiration. Through it all, you so much about yourself. And what you want to represent to the world.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Well am a singer/songwriter. I specialize in giving your best representation of your true self in your innermost expression. Whatever that may be. But for me, it’s songwriting and singing. Am most proud of my Debut EP White Butterfly. It was a long time in the making. But I wouldn’t have changed nothing for the world. I got to create that EP with a group of amazing individuals. And am proud of them and I’m proud of it. I think what sets me apart from others… nowadays. Is my conviction with God. I allow God to fully use me in my expression. For the good and the bad. Then I channel that energy and try to give my best interpretation of what am trying to convey in the best of my abilities.

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
Man. Relating to my music. I would have to say… Waking up early in the morning with the stereo blasting with Johnny Taylor and z.z Hills downhome blues. With my grandmother’s rich Louisiana accent saying, “wake up! And clean this damn house! Lol. I don’t know why…I find it funny. But I didn’t back then!

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