Marwan

Artist Biography

Official Biography (courtesy of Marwan)
 
In a larger, abridged version of Websters Dictionary, one might find this young mans picture next to the word "musician". Marwan (Soulflow) is a singer, songwriter, and producer originally from Decatur, IL. now based in Chicago, IL. With talent anchored by his superior vocal skills, he also plays guitar & piano. He grew up the youngest of two brothers and early influences include Stevie Wonder, Boyz II Men, Take 6, & Usher. 

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, leading Marwan and Ezra to form 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 (Carl Thomas, Usher, Babyface), St. Nick of the Underdogs (Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson), Paul Allen of PAJAM (Paul Allen/J Moss/Walter Kearney) (J. Moss, Karen-Clark-Sheard, David Hollister), and music icon Kashif. Shortly afterward, the brothers decided to focus more heavily on songwriting and music production, contributing songs and vocals to multiple album projects including platinum/award-winning producer/artist Kashif's 2004 release "Music From My Mind"

In early 2010, Marwan did an impromptu performance of an original acoustic song "Change" at a north Chicago bar's 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.Those sessions resulted in his debut studio album," Immortal",which  featured well-crafted, melodic songs including the aforementioned "Change", "Immortal", & "Work It Out". The latter came to the attention of Derrick Brown, the well-respected Program Director of Chicago's iconic V103 radio station. Brown put the record in rotation the very next day. 

Buoyed by an appearance on TLC's hit show "Four Weddings", decided to take his time crafting the follow-up to "Immortal". During this process, Marwan received an email from industry/promotion veteran Kevin Ross, whose credentials included Motown, EMI/Capitol, & Warner Brothers. Ross was looking for artists for his new entertainment company Twoguard Media Group. Again, Derrick Brown stepped in, recommending Marwan and his newest single "Eternally". A phone conversation followed the email, & the two hit it off immediately, with Ross assuming immediate promotion & marketing duties. Ross also coined the name (Soulflow) because of Marwan's ability to "flow" between the styles of contemporary R&B, smooth neo-soul, & old school. 2 weeks later, Marwan sang for Avery Sunshine, who was blown away. The following day, he opened for her & Raheim DeVaughn at an outdoor festival to great crowd reception. Marwan is in the recording process on "Eternal", the new album due January 2014. The single "Eternally" has already scored high fan marks on Reverbnation, Facebook, & will ship to radio the first week of October, with some commitments already in. Marwan (Soulflow) is here, make no mistake. Chicago has a new voice. And its been a long time coming for both.

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