Gene began singing gospel music in church at the early age of three when he would stand on a piano bench between his Mom and Dad.
As a young man in 1959, he was with Fraternity Records out of Cincinnati. He was a part of their staff band and played piano. They recorded mostly at King Studio in Cincinnati. They were selected as staff band for the General Artists Corporation in Chicago and toured across America backing artists that had hit records out at that time. To name a few: Frankie Avalon, Skyliners, Duane Eddy, Link Wray, Jesse Lee Turner, Kalin Twins, the Bell Notes, and Bill Parsons. They also backed Bobby Bare on his first recordings.
In 1972, Gene was converted to Christianity and soon after God called him to be an Evangelist singing and preaching in revivals throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
HUMBLE BEGINNINGS . . .
The first "recorded" gospel music Gene made was on portable cassette players that members of the congregation would leave with him after the revival services requesting he record his music on tape for them. This was during the 1970's when there was a mighty move of the Holy Spirit taking place in our country.
A few years later, God gave him a "tape" ministry. Gene recorded an album using the upright piano in his living room with two small Sears microphones and a reel-to-reel recorder. He gave these cassette tapes to anyone that wanted one -- free of charge. (What a blessing!)
A SPECIAL COMMISSION FROM GOD . . .
In 1984, the Lord spoke to his heart and said, "I've got enough song writers for the church. I need song writers that will write songs designed specifically for the lost." He went on to say, "The world will never be won over to me from standing in the church pulpit only. You're going to have to go out among them and meet them on their turf, on their own ground, in a way that will appeal to them -- their style! You will have to design and style these songs, so they can identify with them, and arrange the musical compositions so it will appeal to them. The message in the songs must relate to their problems or situation, but yet don't leave them -- sitting on the barstool!"
From God's calling came Gene's first CD released in 1991 called "The Gospel in Blues Form." A compilation of ten songs penned by Gene with the gospel message written in the Blues flavor -- a unique twist from the traditional gospel sound. Gene wrote all of the songs on this album and they are his testimony. They tell how he lost everything at one time in his life and ended up going back home to his Mom and Dad with only ten dollars in his pocket.
Here it was, while sitting at his parent's kitchen table listening to gospel music being played on radio station WLJC at the foothills of the Kentucky mountains that God started dealing with him. It was here at this kitchen table that Gene gave his heart to the Lord.
From these humble beginnings, God has richly blessed Gene's ministry today with his own recording studio and record label, GENE RECORDS. With God's help, he has been able to produce this latest album, "Judgment Coming", from start-to-finish without it leaving his studio.
Even though Gene wrote all of the songs on this album over a decade ago, you will soon recognize that the prophetic message in these songs, was written for this hour. The title cut, "Judgment Coming", was written before the "children were running" as the words in the song depict. Before there ever were any school shootings.
In March 2002, he published his very own "Gene Marcum Records" website and released "Judgment Coming".