When I mention the name Mearlan, you might think I misspelled the name of one of the most famous literary magicians from King Arthur days. Mearlan is the stage name of a singer/songwriter who will be the featured performer on the Friday, Oct.6, Take 10 live on our Gazette News Facebook platform during the noon hour.
Mearlan, aka Marcus Robinson, is a singer/songwriter in the folk and rock genres.
Robinson has played guitar since age 14.
"My brother had the guitar first, got tired of it and I picked it up, started playing and haven't looked back since," he said.
He teaches music at a charter school but continues to push forward to hopefully one day make music a full-time profession.
So far, Robinson has had two songs released on Spotify and iTunes but has written many more that he is proud of. They're the ones that according to him, have ended up on the cutting room floor.
Robinson's musical influences include Elton John, and, says the performer, "I listened to Van Morrison with his soulfulness and poetry in music and for modern music Joe Pug who is a folk/rocker because of his lyricism and his sincerity."
Robinson says he is now making a name for himself playing open nights around town and pubs in Colorado Springs. As a former church worship leader, Robinson believes his music is a spiritual calling to himself and to the audience.
"I hope that there is a sense of we are all in this together. We are kind of broken and needy and we need to encourage each other to walk this out together," he said.
Join Robinson - as Mearlan - as he performs live on our Take 10 segment, Friday, Oct.6.
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