With songs like "Runaway", "Stubborn" and "I'm Just Me", Pop and R&B Singer-Songwriter Christopher Marciano is no stranger to speaking his mind about self-worth. The importance of promoting Mental Health Awareness and Diversity through his music has been the reason why he continues to not let the pen escape him.
"The moment I found myself avoiding mirrors is the moment I knew something had to change. I needed to take everyone on that journey towards finding Transparency and if I helped just one person along the way, then I've done what I needed to do."
- Christopher Marciano
Christopher Marciano was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island to a family that migrated from the Cape Verde Islands and Ivory Coast, Africa. As a child, he struggled with communication due to his apprehension and insecurities in regards to talking. He was constantly pulled out of classes for speech therapy because his instructors felt that there was something wrong with the way he spoke. While their methods were meant to be helpful, it ended with him building up a stronger wall leaving little Marciano heavily guarded.
Christopher Marciano found himself moving from one school to another, which resulted in him attending over 12 schools. This affected his ability to develop strong friendships because of the fear of moving again and losing that friendship. Marciano turned to writing in order to express his emotions. At first, the words were just simple thoughts and then that became poetry. He began submitting his poetry to different contests and won 1st place each time. This resulted in him earning school scholarships and prizes. Soon, Christopher Marciano watched his poems evolve into powerful and infectious lyrics that were paired up to instrumentals. These compilations of songs were kept private until Marciano uploaded a video of his songwriting process on YouTube.
Christopher Marciano was a first generation college student. He attended the University of Central Florida and majored in Elementary Education. He graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and an endorsement in Reading and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). He went on to being an elementary school teacher for 5 years and then enrolled into Nova Southeastern University to pursue a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. Following that, he became an Instructional Dean, Instructional Coach and a Reading Coach. A former student stated, “He was my favorite teacher and I looked forward to school every day. He started our mornings with music and I still think about him all the time.” A parent also went on to say, “Christopher made a huge impact on my son and our family. I have never met anyone who cares so much. He was nothing but totally authentic every single day, using his music to shine his light, where it was needed the most. What an inspiration!”
Beginnings and Debut
Musically, Christopher Marciano’s talent caught the interest of a self-proclaimed A&R by the name of Sony P. He was placed into a writing team for the Dutch artist Romysa (formerly known as Madiha). Romysa is known for her feature on the MSN Video reality show “The Biz” and her opening performance for Grammy Award winning artist Ne-Yo at the Heineken Music Hall. Marciano travelled with Romysa to complete her special project, “The Invitation” (released July 14, 2011). During this journey, he had the opportunity to work with international production cast, Redd Lights (Iceland based production duo), New Zealand’s Ben Walker, ATL native Caddalak Beatz (Nipsey Hussle, Travis Porter) and Canada’s Beatz Cartel. Marciano wrote 5 songs on the project including the daring track, “Breathe” which was featured on the Dutch radio station Hot O-Twenty (Sunday Soul Sistas’ Show).
He also worked with other featured artists such as, Izza Kizza (Decon Records), and C-Ride (Epidemic/Cash Money Records). Executive producer Young Trey assisted with the production of “The Invitation” which was also hosted by Hoodrich Entertainment’s own DJ Furious Styles. Through this experience, Marciano was introduced to songwriter Kandi Robinson (better known as Inky or InkSturz) who has written for LeAnn Rimes and has held placements with Grey’s Anatomy, CSI: Las Vegas, Disney, Nickelodeon and more. Inky served as a mentor and taught Marciano the business side of songwriting from contracts to deal placements.
In 2014, Marciano began working with MTV artist Paul Adey on his debut EP, “ABBRV” (released 2015). This collaboration led to the award winning song, “SIQ” (Sinking in Quicksand), where Marciano and Paul Adey wrote about a beautiful love tragedy and “SOS” (Shout out Superman), a song about self-worth and finding your identity. The EP was recognized by fans around the world from France to China.
It was this collaboration that led to Paul Adey and Christopher Marciano applying to Demo with Celebrities. This songwriting contest allowed independent artists and songwriters the opportunity to win a feature with a celebrity. Their song earned the most votes and won first place. Dawn Richard (R&B/Pop/Electronic artist and one of the members of the top charting American Band Group, Danity Kane), featured on the 1st place winning song, “Hush” written by Christopher Marciano and Paul Adey. “I felt like God granted this opportunity and made this happen. If you know me you’ll know that my favorite artist is Dawn and to find out that she was the featured artist? It could have only been God. This definitely sparked a fire in me.”
life as an artist
With intentions on always being a songwriter, Christopher Marciano found himself guiding and advising several artists. During a studio session, one of his artists challenged Marciano’s advice with the statement, “how would you know this works? You have never been an artist.” It was at that moment that Christopher Marciano saw that in order to strengthen his business, he would have to walk in the shoes of an artist.
On May 26, 2017, Christopher Marciano debuts his first single “Runaway”. “I wrote this song a while ago. It was originally for another artist but it was so personal to me that I took the song back and kept it in a vault. For some reason I found myself having a deeper connection with the song and I had a tough time giving it to just anyone” Marciano states in a radio interview for Indie Jamz. Runaway served as the foundation for Marciano’s career and went on to be quite the statement once a music video was released for it. The music video highlighted three different battles such as, personal insecurities, religion and sexuality and the connection that was formed between them. “I was in a really dark place when I wrote this song and I have always been such a runner. I finally wanted to see the light and chose not to run away any more.”
While experimenting with being an artist, Christopher Marciano continued to write and work for several artists, such as r&b star, Van Chiso. Marciano intended on receiving a placement on Chiso’s album, however, Van Chiso had other plans for him. In 2017, Christopher Marciano was asked to perform at Chiso’s event called, “The Come Up”. This show served as the first of many performances done by Christopher Marciano. A fan shared his first Marciano experience, “I just remembered it being very dark and this crazy vocally amazing intro started. All of a sudden this box that was on stage lit up and it was literally a visual light show. Then in the box we see Marciano and he starts singing, he killed it. I literally remembered him from that point on.” It was at this same show that Christopher Marciano debut’s his next pop driven single, “I’m Just Me.” This song showcases the importance of being yourself and not compromising yourself for anyone else.
On October 9, 2017, the next surprise single was announced. “I always write about my experiences, it was my way of dealing with the things that I did not want to talk about. This next song, “Perfect Storm”, was a little different. I wrote about what I wanted in life. I wrote about a future love. I know that the person I find may not be perfect to everyone else, but to me they will be just that. My Perfect Storm, an intriguing kind of love.”
Being an independent artist, Christopher Marciano quickly learned about how much work goes into remaining consistent. He performed at over 18 shows in less than a year and did not turn down any opportunities that came his way.
Orlando Live Entertainment caught wind of Christopher Marciano in May of 2018 and asked him to launch their company by putting on a solo performance. This performance took place in downtown Orlando at Aero’s Rooftop Bar where Marciano lit up Orlando with another light show, but this time he turned to his fans for help. They were all given foam lights to help celebrate Christopher Marciano’s first solo show.
One of Marciano’s biggest opportunity came when the prestigious company, Sister’s in Power, chose him to open up for Love and Hip Hop star, Amara La Negra June of 2018. This Fashion Show event also featured Project Runway star, Reco Chapple and his line, “House of Chapple.” It was at this point that Marciano released his next single, “Straitjacket.” This eerie and addicting song talks about a love that will drive you crazy, but it feels excessively good.
This journey was not intended to be a long-term career for Christopher Marciano, but it was clear that he was enjoying his life as an artist way too much to stop.
plans for the future
What is said to be Christopher Marciano’s biggest single is slated to be released on June 11, 2019. This new single, “Stubborn” features Big Brother celebrity, Jozea. Jozea has also been on shows such as MTV’s The Challenge and Ex on the Beach.
Christopher Marciano is currently in the works of his first ever album. While the contents of his album remains a mystery, it has not stopped Marciano from releasing teasers on his Instagram. The audience will find a vulnerable Marciano singing at the top of his lungs, while forming harmonic background vocals that definitely leaves us wanting more. Details in regards to features, album title, producers and a release date has also been a mystery. One thing is for sure, this album will definitely mark a monumental moment in Christopher Marciano’s career.
“I fell in love with music and it has never let me down. Our relationship has been going strong and I want the world to experience that love.”