Discography/Markita Ferguson/Marquee/ Block Share Inc LLC Perfomance/ Features/ Writing Credits Kelis- Album (Kaliediscope) Song: “Mafia” ft. Markita Ferguson and Pharell Williams Album (The Shield soundtrack) Pharell Williams- Song:”Mafia” Kelis ft. Markita Ferguson and Pharell Williams Song: “Wild Cowboys” ft. Markita Ferguson (Short Version)
Bio: Due to her affinity for hooks and the poetic content of her songs, MARQUEE has gained the respect of Hip Hop legends as well as R&B's finest crooners. With the ability to create something from nothing, she mixes Hip Hop melodies, underground word play, and rock influences to create a sound all her own. Landing a major record deal in the new millennium with the group she created, Femme Fatale, MARQUEE generated a huge street buzz under D.I.T.C. which led to a label bidding war, and ended with her signing to Trackmasters under Sony.
Remaining low-key yet with the true roots as a dominant lyricist,MARQUEE never stopped working with an impressive list of artists and producers, touring with the greatly-respected staples of Hip Hop excellence. The Queens, New York native is known as an emcee's emcee, with write-ups in Billboard Magazine and other industry sources. Adding to her list of accomplishments she is CEO of her company Blockshare Inc she founded in 2015 and there is so much more to come.
Who Inspires Me Then & Now
MARQUEE credits her mother Dolores as her biggest influence and supporter, who introduced her to music, encouraged her to sample records, and pushed her to keep pursuing her music.
MARQUEE's musical influences include Queen Latifah, Nas, Jadakiss, MC Lyte, Scarface, Santigold, Azealia Banks, Sublime, Black Thought, Mos Def, Jay Z, Roy Ayers,
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Interview with MARQUEE
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work I do is international ghostwrwriting, featured verses, hooks (singing & rap), and arrangement.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm inspired by everything around me art, music, people, travel etc. I love anything that's DOPE! Hip hop is my 1st love, but I'm good at many different genres. Integrity, innovators, big sounds, soul, quality and consistency inspire me.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work with the same engineer mostly. Lew Savage at Savage Sounds Inc and we have a chemistry that flows and takes every song to the next level. The studio is about a 20 minute drive.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I live with the track, talk to the artist about what they would like to include, write and edit the song then go in and record it.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring lyricism, literacy and strength to every song. I give 110% to a recording. I'm flexible and I ride the beat like a wave. I'm extremely creative and authentic. I think about the listener. I convey emotion and clarity in my cadence. I like to tell a story and do the unexpected. No cliche's I write in 3D.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is my lyricism, chorus writing and the ability to make an artist look good without sounding like me. I'm a chameleon.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I mostly do hip hop and R & B, but I've done plenty other genres with great ease and ideas.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Stay in pocket, pop on that snare, know your lyrics so you can play with the flow be open, flexible and experiment. Always be prepared and ride the beat like no other. Show up and show out.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I love to work with dope artists I really have no preference.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is slick, powerful, relatable, lyrical and smooth. Pain and game.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I don't remember a time when I didn't do music. I've been signed to two major labels and have worked with almost everyone I wanted to. I have my own company Block Share Inc LLC and in the future I'd like to cultivate other talent artists and win a Grammy.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A canteen, my phone (for writing), a radio, matches or a lighter and a knife.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure your serious and committed to work hard. Professionalism is a must and communication. Be prepared to slay make them believe it. Hire the best.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What would you like to say? What's your personality like? (briefly) What are your expectations? Which artist/musicians inspire you?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception is that it's easy and anyone can just get up and do it. Women are incredible lyricists and can write for any man or woman.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Who have you worked with professionally? I send them my discography.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Everything except chasing checks.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is that you will get quality service in a timely fashion.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog or digital no preference I'm flexible.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: No not yet.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently working sophomore album following MARQUEE Femme Fatale. Coordinating other projects with major producers. Doing collabs, features and selling vinyl.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: MARQUEE Femme Fatale my 1st solo project since leaving my group Femme Fatale. I was the songwriter, publisher, and executive producer for the entire project. My past works all make me proud, but my standouts would be working with The Neptunes, DITC, Monifah and Queen Latifah.