“Marcus was a knowledgeable, entertaining and enthusiastic presenter, who was a wonderful addition to our schools NAIDOC celebrations. He captivated the entire school with his beautiful performances, and his talk offered a fantastic connection to his life and learnings through discussions of his own experiences. The workshops he ran with our students afforded them a unique and personal perspective on issues of belonging and identity, and had the students wrapt and talking for days. The intimate workshop has built to the students abilities and interests, and the fact that they stayed long into recess to finish their work with Marcus speaks volumes”
Marcus Corowa is one of Australia’s brightest emerging entertainers. Drawing on his Aboriginal and South Sea Islander heritage Marcus brings to the stage captivating and fun music that combines elements of blues, jazz, and funk. Marcus has been keeping busy: song-writing, performing with Australia’s most well-known artists; winning music awards; presenting; and doing what he loves best – entertaining audiences across Australia.
Marcus’ accolades include winning the ‘Most Promising New Talent in Music’ award at the 2012 Deadly Awards (on the back of his debut EP, ‘The Greater You’) and winning the 2015 ‘Smugglers of Light Music and Media Award’. Also in 2015, Marcus was awarded a place in the ACCELERATE program through British Council Australia, travelling to the UK to participate in cultural leadership and professional development opportunities.
He is a regular face at music events (Yabun Festival; Homeground Festival; Corroboree Festival; Cobargo Folk Festival; Nerang Folk and Blue Grass Festival; FUSE Festival; Spirit Festival; Tjungu Festival; AWME – 2013; Brunswick Festival; 2013 Deadly Awards); and he has played with some of the best in the industry (Mark Seymour; Toni Childs; Marcia Hines; Christine Anu; Archie Roach; Casey Donovan; Linda and Vicka; James Reyne; and Frank Yamma).
From his humble beginnings growing up in Far North Queensland Marcus is quickly becoming one of Australia’s most promising and diverse performers. He has recently ventured into TV presenting, having hosted a documentary about smoking awareness within Indigenous communities, as well as starring in season two of the children’s television series ‘Mugu Kids’.
Marcus enjoys giving back to his community and looks forward to more opportunities to be a role for young Indigenous Australians. He is an Ambassador for the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence and works as a mentor with AIME and Young, Black and Deadly. He has travelled extensively throughout remote Indigenous communities in Cape York, facilitating music and song-writing workshops and continues to work in schools around Australia as a motivational speaker, sharing his story and encouraging others to dream big.
Marcus recently starring in Opera Australia’s highly acclaimed production of ‘The Rabbits’ and will soon feature in the the acclaimed theatrical production ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’