Marvin is an Atlanta native, who grew up with one ear always on the little radio hidden in the bed with him at night when he was supposed to be sleeping. During his teen years, the British invasion overtook the airwaves and the early Dylan records really captivated his ears and heart. This is where his ideas for song structure were formed and forever remain.
The traveling rock band days included the good nights, opening shows for a huge variety of stars like Jerry Jeff Walker, The Pointer Sisters, The Cars and the Sex Pistols. But also were the endless nights in yet another bar somewhere down the highway, growing more lonely every year. The nights with screaming fans were followed by days and days of miles and miles of endless lonely highway blur.
After many years of playing guitar and touring with many different bands, Marvin took a long break to spend time with his newborn daughter and family. However, it was not really a retirement from music. Songs were brewing, words written in notebooks, and always the ear on the radio. The songs started flowing, with the Beatles, Jimmy Webb, Joni Mitchell melody influence and the lyrics that make you feel something. He put a batch of new songs together with an old friend, wordsmith Cliffe Rice.
When he felt ready to reemerge in public, he teamed with several immensely talented producers, David Tenenbaum and Martin Kearns, who included many Atlanta veteran players and friends to push the songs to a collaborative level.
Joni said: “I am a lonely painter, I live in a box of paints”. Songs begin alone, at home and blossom with dear talented friends. The songs are basically a patchwork gumbo of all the music in his head for a lifetime, so far…..