Sam Cooke, AKA Mr. Soul, pioneer of what we have now come to know as SOUL MUSIC. His influence has spanned over 60 years and touched every single 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 but when you truly dissect his life you’ll find that his true influence lies in his business acumen and willingness to blaze a trail for himself and others of his elk in a time when it wasn’t socially acceptable to even use the same bathrooms as whites let alone own your record label, own your own publishing and artist repertoire, perform on non segregated stages all while being an avid contributor to the equal rights, civil rights movement.
As a Musician, Actor, Producer, Educator & Social Activist Bradd Marquis performs the songs written and sung by Sam Cooke to curate and narrate a show that not only entertains, but informs his audience on a historical time loaded with lessons about life, self- empowerment and social change that are still relevant and necessary to this day. Bradd Marquis transports you back in time through the life of Sam Cooke a.k.a. Mr. Soul - from birth, to a preacher son in Clarksdale, Mississippi, to his recruitment into the number one Gospel Group, The Soul Stirrers in Chicago, to his secular music crossover, to his rise to a pop icon and his tragic death as he began to transform into a social activist.
Graduating with a degree in African American Studies from the University of Cincinnati Marquis has worked for over a decade in social service and educational sectors, professionally and personally, volunteering his time in order to empower young people and give them hope where they saw little. Having a love and gift for music, realizing that entertainment was one of the major influencers on the youth, Marquis decided to pursue a career in entertainment hoping to be the influence that inspires young people to over achieve.
Breaking through national television and radio airwaves with his R&B hit singles, “Love Will Find A Way,” “Break Up” and “Free” Marquis has been booked on national tours and performed on stages with artists such as Jaheim, Tamia, India.Arie, Blue Magic, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Gordon Chambers, Teedra Moses, and Angela Winbush just to name a few. Marquis also toured as the main character “Adam” in Oscar Brown Jr’s musical fable, In De Beginnin’. He has performed on television shows such as Showtime at the Apollo, Apollo Live and had multiple guest spots on BET’s 106 & Park where he was named Soul Singer of the Year. Recently Marquis reintroduced his Sam Cooke tribute show at The World Famous Apollo Theater’s Apollo Music Café receiving a rousing overwhelming response!