NOTE: The Grammy Award winner will be at the Murphy Theater in Wilmington on Friday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. for “An Evening with Marc Cohn.”
After winning a Grammy for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis”, Cleveland-born Marc Cohn has established himself as one of the most compelling singer-songwriters of our time, combining the precision of a brilliant composer with the passion of a great soul man.
Rooted in the rich soil of American rhythm and blues, soul and gospel, and gifted with a deft storytelling pen, he weaves vivid, detailed, often-from-life stories that evoke some of our most universal human feelings. : love, hope, faith. , joy, sorrow.
Cohn followed his platinum debut with two more releases in the 1990s, at which time Time magazine called him “one of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade” and Bonnie Raitt said, ” Marc is one of the most moving, talented artists I know. I love his songs, he’s an amazing singer and I marvel at his ability to mesmerize every audience he performs for.
Raitt, James Taylor, David Crosby, Graham Nash and Patty Griffin all made appearances on Cohn’s early records for Atlantic as his reputation as an artist and performer continued to grow. In 1998, Cohn took a year off from recording, ending in 2007 with Join the Parade.
Inspired by the horrific events following Hurricane Katrina and his own near-fatal shooting by a would-be car thief in 2005 just weeks prior, Parade is his most moving and critically acclaimed record to date.
Of his album Listening Booth: 1970, a collection of reimagined classics from this pivotal year in music, Rolling Stone said: “Cohn has one of rock’s most soulful croons – a rich, instantly recognizable tenor who makes of these songs his own.”
In late 2014, Cohn released “The Coldest Corner in the World”, the title track from the documentary Tree Man and his first original song released in over seven years.
Marc’s momentum continued in a busy and successful 2017, part of which he spent on the road with the legendary Michael McDonald to critical acclaim across the United States.
His talent as a writer was also recruited to work with a list of great names in American music, including soul survivor William Bell, who won his first Grammy at age 78 with the help of Marc; Marc co-wrote a solid half of Bell’s acclaimed album This is Where I Live, including the impassioned opener “The Three Of Me”. The album revived the sound of Stax’s golden age of soul, when Bell had cut his teeth as an artist, and which had so powerfully influenced Marc Cohn – in his own way, capping a circle and letting Marc give back to one of the creators of the sound that shaped him.
Marc revisited another piece of America’s rich musical heritage with the Blind Boys of Alabama on the Grammy-nominated song “Let My Mother Live”, and also worked with David Crosby on the album Lighthouse. As powerfully influenced by singer-songwriter tradition as it is by soul and gospel heritage, working with the 60s icon was a project that touched directly at Marc’s creative heart.
In 2019, Marc released a collaborative record with gospel legends Blind Boys of Alabama titled Work To Do. Work to Do consists of three Cohn and the Blind Boys studio tracks (two originals, including the title track, and a version of the gospel standard “Walk In Jerusalem”) plus seven intimate live performances recorded at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, during a taping of the PBS series The Kate.
Moving forward, Marc continues to do what he does best: infuse American music with both a fresh perspective and a respect for its deep roots.
For tickets, the Murphy Theater phone number is 937-382-3643, or visit themurphytheatre.org .
Marc Cohn comes to the Murphy Theater on Friday evening, June 10.
American singer-songwriter Marc Cohn