Marc Sir Dane

photo of Sir Dane
Recorded by: 
Beryl
Satter
Interview Date: 
Friday, August 7, 2015
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Marc Sir Dane - MSD is one of the most exciting and sensational live performers on the music (“Real Music”) trip today!  He has been the opening act for such musical artists as Stephanie Mills, The Times and more.  The real essence of his musical genius is his powerful vocals – strong, sexy, and soulful. He is like no other male artist on the scene today. 
 
Sir Dane was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia.  He was nurtured by creative individuals with talents in music, dance, theatre, fashion design, lighting design, and set concepts. As a young musical director for the local churches in Savannah and New York City, Sir Dane received strong encouragement from many quarters to enhance his musical talent, but when he made his first career move it was in the area of interior and fashion design. After working in modeling, fashion design and dance, Sir Dane found himself irresistibly drawn back to his first creative love – music. Sir Dane’s first real experience in professional R&B music was highly successful.  As the lead singer for an eight-piece group called “Tungsten Steele,” by popular demand he became the main attraction for the band. The stylistic combinations of smooth ballads, acoustical sounds and spiritual inflections earned the group regional recognition.
 
Sir Dane soon formed a new band, over which he had complete artistic control. Sir Dane and his band were hired to do nightly performances for Manhattan’s well known jazz spot Mikell’s. It was very auspicious, since artists like the late Ms. Phyllis Hyman had been discovered in this same uptown club. Phyllis later became a mentor and close personal friend to Sir Dane. She was his personal idol. He started singing a great many of her songs in his show (from a male point of view), explaining that, “I connect to her vocals and lyrics. I reach into the depths of my soul when I write. I love words that are true, loving, and spiritual, that are sexy, filled with joy and pain too. I want the listeners to get a real clear picture of the subject I am singing about – no falls, no games! Real music, real words deep from within my soul to the listener’s soul.”  In Luther: The Life and Longings of Luther Vandross by Craig Seymore, Luther describes Sir Dane as a protege of the sultry, statuesque, Jazz/R&B song stylist Phyllis Hyman.
 
Today, MSD describes himself as “a soulologist, vocalist, writer, stylist and producer.”  Sir Dane has worked with talented producers such as James Mtume and Reggie Lucas, who produced two successful albums for MSD. Mtume and Lucas also produced for such artists as Stephanie Mills, Donnie Hathaway, Roberta Flack, and the late, great Phyllis Hyman.  Luther, Gwen Guthrie, Brenda White, Tawatha Agee, Bass Guitar by Marcus Miller opened Sir Dane to a world of musical skills.  To him, they are the best, the true greats. Sir Dane has also been the opening act for Prince, Chaka Khan, and more.