Marqus Bobesich (aka PoorMarqus) is quickly gaining recognition as one of L.A’s most prolific new artists. He has created a unique brand of music with his combination of intelligent songwriting and poignant lyrics. A pure singer-songwriter, Marqus draws from such favorites as Sting, John Mayer, Counting Crows, David Gray, and Jeff Buckley to inspire his own playing and writing.
After playing drums for 12 years, Marqus made the transition to vocalist while at university in Toronto. Together with musician Shane Anthony, they formed the group Woodrow, playing to folk-houses, coffee shops and university pubs. With the September 1998 release of “In Brightness and Beauty”, Woodrow was chosen as HMV’s indie band of the month, allowing them to perform at the HMV superstore in Toronto and open for Canadian group The Gandharvas. The band received airplay at campus stations across Canada, followed by interviews and live-to-air acoustic sets. Songs from the album appeared on various compilation albums, including Q107’s “Homegrown 18” and “Rusted Roses” (a tribute album for musician Jeff Buckley), and the band was a finalist in Pam Anderson’s “Jam with Pam” contest in March 2001.
When it comes to penning the words behind his music, he cites more authors than vocalists for shaping his own perspective on the world. Marqus has received writing awards for his poetry, and his lyrics/poems have appeared in numerous publications across Canada. As an actor and voice artist, he has also appeared in over 100 film and TV productions airing in Canada, US, Europe and Australia.
“Small Town Oceans” (2001) marked the debut of Marqus as a solo artist. Together with 2-time Juno nominee Karen Kane, Marqus received a FACTOR Demo Award for recording. Marqus later went on to record “These Machines are Perfect” (2002) and “The Latest Version of Us” (2003), both with producer Brent Bodrug (Alanis Morisette, Jacksoul).
In 2008, he released “On Standby To The World” (produced by D’Arcy McGuire) with tracks from that album being placed on shows like A-List Dallas, Mindy McCready Fallen Angel (CMT), I’m Having Their Baby, LA Voz Kids, and E News Daily.
In 2013, Marqus collaborated with producer/drummer Flavio Monopoli on a 3-song self-titled EP, with the lead single “Love’s Too Good” receiving an Honorable Mention in the Song of the Year contest. Currently pursuing work as an actor, screenwriter, and voice artist in Los Angeles, Marqus is also on the lookout for new band members.