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United States - Illinois

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Marwan is an R&B artist from Chicago, by way of Decatur, IL. Born Marwan Akil Abdullah, this self-taught musician (piano/guitar) grew up the youngest of two brothers. Early influences include Stevie Wonder, Boyz II Men, and Take 6. He started singing in high school when he formed a 4-member group (Blynd) with his older brother Ezra and two friends for fun. This group performed at countless shows in the Midwest including various appearances on television and radio. The group also got an introduction to studio recording during this time. It's first demo was produced by the legendary producer Michael Day, former member of the group Champaign who authored several international Top 20 Billboard hits in the 1980's including "How 'Bout Us" & "Try Again". After some years, the group split and Marwan and Ezra then formed a duo (My Brotha) which gained the attention of LA-based entertainment company ‘ME Entertainment’. During this partnership, the two worked with some of the music industry's hottest multi-platinum and award-winning producers and songwriters including Mike City, St. Nick of the Underdogs, Paul Allen of PAJAM, Marley Marl, and Kashif.

Years later, the brothers decided to focus more heavily on songwriting and music production contributing songs and vocals to multiple album projects including Kashif's 2004 release "Music From My Mind" and Nick Loren's 2007 release "Forever Be Cool". It was in December 2008 when Marwan did an impromptu performance of an original acoustic song "Change" at a north Chicago bar's (Memories) open mic that marked a turning point. The response from this spur-of-the-moment performance was so positive and convincing that Marwan immediately began writing a solo album that night. Marwan's debut solo album "Immortal“ was completed in May 2009. Immortal was written, produced, recorded, and mixed in a bedroom corner of Marwan's Chicago apartment (by Marwan) and includes acoustic tracks and powerful ballads often compared to the sounds of Musiq Soulchild and Glen Lewis.

Since it’s release, Immortal has become an underground classic with songs featured on various radio stations including V103 (Chgo, IL), 107.5 WGCI (Chgo, IL), Unique Radio (London, UK), 89.3 WKKC (Chgo, IL), “My People” Radio (Gary, IN), WCSU Radio (Chgo, IL), NuHitz Radio (San Diego, CA), and 105.5 (Decatur, IL). Having gained a loyal following in the Chicago-land area by performing at nearly 100 venues in 2009, Marwan is poised to deliver his music to the world.