Sam Cooke, AKA Mr. Soul, pioneer of what we now know as Soul Music. Cooke's influence has spanned over 60 years and touched every individual, directly and or indirectly, in every genre of music from Country to Rock to Pop. His influence can be hidden behind the veil of his music. Still, when you genuinely dissect his life, you'll find that his actual influence lies in his social impact, business acumen, and willingness to blaze a trail for himself and others. When it wasn't socially acceptable to use the same bathrooms as whites, Mr. Cooke owned his own record label, publishing, and artist repertoire. He performed on non-segregated stages while avidly contributing to the civil rights movement.
Bradd Marquis uses the songs written and sung by Sam Cooke to narrate a show that not only entertains but informs his audience on Mr. Soul's historical impact. With lessons of life, self- empowerment, and social change, Marquis transports you back in time through the life of Sam Cooke. The audience will journey from his birth as a preacher's son in Clarksdale, Mississippi during segregation, to his tragic death in 1964 as he began to transform himself into a civil rights activist.
Beginning January 8, 2022, Marquis will be on a six-city tour from California to New Jersey, performing this epic show to sold-out crowds of all ages. It culminates Friday, February 11,
at William Paterson University's Shea Center for Performing Arts, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ. Showtime is at 8 pm; tickets are on sale now. As a native of New Jerseyan, Marquis is excited to finally bring this incredible show to his home state.
Bradd Marquis broke through national television and radio airwaves with his R&B hit singles, "Radio," "Love Will Find A Way," "Break Up," and "Free." Marquis has toured with some of the greatest artists of our time. Stokely, Tamia, Tank, India Arie, Blue Magic, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Gordon Chambers, Faith Evans, and Angela Winbush are just a few of the legends Marquis has had the opportunity to share the stage with. He has performed on television shows such as Showtime at the Apollo and Apollo Live. Having had multiple guest spots on VH1, Bounce TV, Aspire TV, and BET, where he was named Soul Singer of the Year.
The Music of Sam Cooke, starring Bradd Marquis, has sold out the most prominent stages in the country. The World Famous Apollo Theater, The Blue Note, and Howard Theatre are just a few audiences that have witnessed this historical spectacle. It has received overwhelming rousing responses each time, leaving audiences clamoring for more.