Marcus Corowa becomes an Advocate for the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence

2013 Deadly recipient Marcus Corowa has become an Advocate for the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence.

Sydney-based singer/songwriter Marcus Corowa, may be a relative newcomer to the professional music scene, but he is already turning heads amongst music fans with his catchy melodies, heartfelt lyrics and silky smooth singing voice.

Drawing on his Aboriginal and South Sea Islander roots, Marcus combines elements of blues, jazz and funk to create a soulful, soothing sound that is distinctly his own.

In less than two years Marcus soared to great heights, becoming a finalist in the 2010 Q Song Awards, Queenslandʼs premier songwriting competition, and the APRA Professional Development Awards in 2011.

Despite having always lived in Queensland, in 2011 Marcus made the bold and spontaneous move to Sydney. Since relocating, he has notched up appearances at Sydney’s South Sea Islander Recognition Day, the Sydney Festival and alongside Jessica Mauboy and Dan Sultan at the 2012 Yabun Festival. Marcus also played at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Bundaberg’s South Sea Islander Conference and most recently completed a string of performances for the 2012 NAIDOC Week.

A gifted composer, as well as writing his own songs, Marcus penned the entire score for musical The New Black, which was showcased as part of the 2012 Arts Centre Melbourne Carnegie 18 program.

2012 has already been a great year for Marcus Corowa, but this talented and passionate musician has no plans to take things easy and is more focused than ever on writing new material, with a view to recording in the near future. With the release of his debut EP, ʻThe Greater Youʼ, more and more people are catching on to the groove that is Marcus Corowaʼs soulful sound and he intends to reach an even larger audience by gigging as much as possible.

The NCIE Advocate Program gives Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian role models from a variety of professions and backgrounds the chance to positively influence young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians through our work at the NCIE. NCIE Advocates also assist us in sharing stories of success through media and speaking opportunities.

Each Advocate’s role is tailored to suit their availability and level of interest but may include the following:

• Participation in programs or events on-site at the NCIE
• Media opportunities related to events/programs
• Profiling in NCIE’s communications materials
• A fortnightly email to Advocates updating them on the work of the NCIE

Since opening in 2010, the NCIE has developed relationships with several high profile Indigenous Australians who exemplify excellence in their particular fields. If you’re able to accept this invitation, you’ll be joining individuals such as model Samantha Harris, ex-AFL player Michael O’Loughlin, singer Casey Donovan and actor Luke Carroll as an NCIE Advocate.