CD cover art is by MC Photography, Meghan Coulombe
By: Maggie Griffin
Collin Marrero is the real life version from the all time favorite Movie back in the 80’s called FAME. His dream in the performing arts created his want for Drama Classes at a young age. Being Actor and Musician, Collin holds the destiny of both worlds in Entertainment within the palm of his hands.
He built a foundation of his own self branded skills and style, motivating his self-esteem at a higher level when starring in on-stage musical performances. A few to mention, Collin starred in musicals called Barnum – Rent - Full Monty - Promises, Promises, and there is many more. He also takes his music to higher horizons where he does reach the sky in his vocals, melody and lyrics to his songs.
His demos of his upcoming CD are noted as a perfect sound machine. He is currently working on a new CD release, which in my opinion - the production company that takes Collin on, is taking on a 10 thumbs up performer.
Acting and singing is two different worlds combined into one great performer in Collin. Collin emphasized:
As a child, the day his parents bought him a microphone, he knew at that moment performing is his destiny. Collin laughed when he said “The way I took that microphone and wouldn’t stop day in and day out singing and simply performing, my parents proudly admitted giving me a microphone made them wondering what they have done". Giving him that microphone at a young age certainly created a Marrero family member that began his professional musical career on the stages of the Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, working his way up the ranks as the leading man. “My parents are very supportive of me and they are the rock, encouraging me since the day they gave me that microphone”, said Collin.
Collin starring role in the musical RENT at Connecticut’s Cabaret Theatre was the upmost musical performance the crowded audience loved. “I enjoyed the challenge of starring in RENT as it is the one show that makes many people take a look at life differently, most of all not take it for granted”, said Marrero. Critics review of Collin’s performance in the musical RENT raved. According to sources, “Collin Marrero made this musical a success through his charisma character and positive performance”. Another quoted, “Collin’s performance is what made this musical popular in ticket sales just to see him play his role on stage”.
Collin was also the assistant director in the Musical RENT. Collin completely owes gratitude to his co-stars as he said “My co-stars brought 150% to the table through their dedication in every reversal and performance in their roles which delivered the power of performance to our audience. My co-stars and I became a Family.”
Kris McMurray, Collin’s best friend, is one of the reasons why he is able to play such roles, staying as a strong part of what continues his career as a recording artist and an actor in musical plays. “Kris McMurray is the owner of the Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, but he is also my number one supporter in all I do.”
Currently, Collin has been busy in both worlds of a recording artists and acting. Collin has a role in the current production of an upcoming movie called “The Rose” which is written and directed by Adrian Nieves.
Collin has played over 40 roles within 5 years and has been in the performing arts as both an actor and music recording artist for close to 2 decades. His stage presence grows stronger every time he performs. The ability of having an into the musical worlds of R&B, HipHop and Pop, Collin’s vocal range spans over 4 octaves, allowing his high range to be a very powerful instrument.
With influences like Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Aretha Franklin to the modern day R&B artists such as Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey & Deborah Cox, vocally comparable to Christina Aguilera and the like, Collin’s unique vocal talents are now being passionately applied to working on his first CD recording. As he continues to successfully raise awareness of his ambitions through the marketing of his professional demo, continuing performances at the Connecticut Cabaret Theatre and performing in statewide vocal competitions, there is no stopping Collin Marrero in Taking It All On!
To get a glimpse of what other critics rave about Collin, take a look at his biography below:
singer / songwriter / lyricist
Collin Marrero’s voice is strong, powerful and most of all, extremely unique. With a range that spans several octaves, Collin Marrero can easily hit the highs and the lows. In fact his vocal range can fit high above the tenor line, well into the alto, and every now and then into the soprano. Regardless of how dynamic his voice really is, his voice is full of warmth, emotion and a graceful power that has been found in the legendary performers of yester-year. It will knock your socks off.
From pop to R&B to something soulful and jazzy to even something theatrical, his voice combines all of the elements of all of these genres to break the mold.
As early as can be remembered, Collin Marrero began singing and writing and has never stopped since. He began his professional musical career on the stages of the Connecticut Cabaret Theatre, working his way up the ranks from chorus boy to leading man, much in part to his ability to straddle the scale. Collin has played well over two dozen roles in the past few years, allowing his stage presence to grow strong as a performer.
Now a well seasoned performer on the stage, Collin moved into studio work. With years of practice and passion as a platform, he has since been dedicated to producing his own debut album of original work. With influences like Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Aretha Franklin to the modern day R&B artists such as Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey & Deborah Cox, vocally comparable to Christina Aguilera and the like, Collin’s soaring vocal talents are being recorded in hopes of reaching new heights.
He has successfully begun to raise awareness of his ambitions through the marketing of his professional demo, continuing performances at several Connecticut theatres, MySpace, performing in statewide vocal competitions and soon in the regional performance circuit. With that in mind, Collin continues to push hard and stay focused to release his yet to be titled debut album in hopes that you too, will find his talents to be amazing.
Collin “has an amazing talent and will definitely go places in this business”.
-American Idol Producer & “So You Think You Can Dance” Judge, Nigel Lythgoe