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Influences: Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, Bruno Mars
Singer/songwriter Deno Marquee started playing guitar at the late age of 18, but was immediately smitten with the musical bug. Many failed attempts at starting a band kept him yearning for his own musical direction. After a bit of a musical soul searching, he finally felt at home with the intimate feel and sound of the acoustic guitar.
Finally over the years his music was taking shape and people began to take notice. With the encouragement of family and many friends he began to take his music a bit more seriously. He then enlisted the help of fellow musician and friend Isaac Saldivar to add some flare with djembe and various percussion.
“When I first starting writing and performing music, I knew I wanted it to be my life’s work. Some people wish to save lives as a surgeon, some to explore the vast regions of space, some to grace the silver screen, but I just wanted to make pretty sounds. So, as I began to develop these sounds, I fell more in love with it.”
In early 2012, Marquee recorded a video session for the San Diego TV show SoCal Showcase.