Electrifying. Soulful. Compelling. These three words exemplify the sound of the new lead singer of Tower of Power, “Memphis Soul Man” Marcus Scott.
As a young boy, Scott would sit with his ears glued to the radio, mimicking every sound he heard. This fascination evolved into an insatiable desire to entertain and capture the hearts of audiences everywhere. His musical journey started in 2005 as a hit in local Memphis talent shows, and he quickly became known as the “go to” singer for all of the major gigs in Memphis. Larry Dodson of the legendary Bar-Kays gave him a call to collaborate on “House Party,” he has sung with James Ingram and appeared at Isaac Hayes’ night club and he’s been the lead singer of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies’ house band. Now, he’s stepped into the lead singer role of Tower of Power.
“Singing with Tower of Power is simply a dream come true, and it fits me like a glove,” said Scott. “I have always been known as a ‘soul man,’ but Tower of Power has me singing Soul with a capital S.”
President Obama once again shared his summer picks via a Spotify playlist—an eclectic mix of hand-selected tracks on two lists that takes listeners from day to night. The vacation playlists include Tower of Power’s “So Very Hard to Go,” the second single from the group’s eponymous third album, on the nighttime playlist. Also featured are legendary songs from Prince and Aretha Franklin, some more recent tracks from hip hop artists like Common and Chance the Rapper and the musical styles of Manu Chao and Caetano Veloso. Browse the full playlists below and listen to many of the tracks on Spotify here:Daytime and Nighttime.
Tower of Power Tour Dates:
Aug 25 Plaza de Cesar Chavez San Jose, CA
Aug 26 Humphreys Concerts By the Bay San Diego, CA
Sep 06 Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley Seattle, WA
Sep 07 Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley Seattle, WA
Sep 09 Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley Seattle, WA
Sep 10 Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley Seattle, WA
Sep 24 Vina Robles Amphitheatre Paso Robles, CA
Oct 13 Lancaster PAC Lancaster, CA
Oct 14 South Point Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, NV
Oct 15 South Point Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, NV
Oct 16 South Point Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, NV
Oct 28 Charleston Music Hall Charleston, SC
Oct 29 Fletcher Hall Durham, NC
Nov 10 COHOES MUSIC HALL Cohoes, NY
Nov 11 Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Hampton Beach, NH
Nov 12 Twin River Event Center Lincoln, RI
Nov 13 Cary Hall Lexington, MA
Nov 15 Jergel’s Rhythm Grille Warrendale, PA
Nov 17 B.B. King’s New York, NY
Nov 18 Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY
Nov 20 Turning Stone Resort Verona, NY
Dec 30 B.B. King’s New York, NY
Dec 31 Infinity Hall Hartford, CT
Jan 21 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ
Feb 16 McCain Auditorium Manhattan, Kansas
Mar 31 Turlock Community Theatre Turlock, CA
About Tower of Power:
Since 1968, Tower of Power has been delivering its unique brand of “Oakland style” music and maintaining a class of its own. Leader and founding member Emilio Castillo labeled the group’s sound as “Urban Soul Music.” Over the years, Tower of Power has performed with some of music’s biggest names including Elton John, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Huey Lewis, Little Feat, Dionne Warwick, David Sanborn, Paula Abdul, Aaron Neville, Aerosmith, Michael Bolton, Billy Preston, Rod Stewart, Toto, and more. Tower of Power’s rhythm section lays down a groove like no other band. The horn driven sound is unique from writing and arranging to mixing and performing. The group’s collection of hits includes “You’re Still A Young Man,” “So Very Hard To Go,” “Soul With a Capital S,” “Soul Vaccination,” “What Is Hip?” Each year, Tower of Power tours the United States, Japan and Europe, playing sold out shows all over the world.