Marco R. Wagner: Songwriter, vocals, guitars, harmonica



Born Marco Antonio Rodríguez Wagner in Rio de Janeiro, Marco was raised in Brazil, Spain and the U.S. He begins his guitar studies with the Brazilian guitar when he was nine years old. In his early years he studies samba, bossa-nova, and MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira). His adolescence brings him to Spain where he has his first live performance at sixteen. After high-school Marco goes to the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid, while having at the same time lessons of flamenco. By now his training gives him the confidence to start a career, although in 1979 Madrid doesn't have much in the way of live venues for young artists. He becomes a street musician at the usual places of the time, Retiro Park, the subway, or the Preciados boulevard, where along with his friend Pulgarcito Marco gets his feet wet. At that time he was a great admirer of two styles - the emphasis on lyrics of Bob Dylan, and the dynamic sound of the Stones. Marco wants to develop his own sound based on those artists he likes, and starts writing songs. His restlessness however, takes him at the age of nineteen to New York City.

It's in New York of the eighties where Marco starts rubbing shoulders with local artists, and striving to delve into the styles that attracted him, such as folk, country, and the blues. Marco plays at private bookings throughout the early eighties. From 1984 through 1989 he performs in the Boston area as a solo act and later with his first band, Phoenix, with whom he starts recording demos. Then he gets the "traveling bug" and gets the opportunity to return to Europe, to perform in countries such as Latvia, Lithuania and Russia, in colleges and schools. Marco is featured on local radios, such as Radio Remira in Irkutsk, Siberia.

Back in New York in 1991, Marco hires his musician-friend Bill Miho to produce his first album. Bill is a skillful producer as well, who has worked with musicians such as Stanley Jordan. Working at the time for the old Manhattan Center Studios, Bill produces with Marco What's Love Remains, album which had great reviews around the N.Y. area, especially the title song. In the Manhattan Studios Opera House Marco starts promoting his album. As a result he started to be sought after as a studio musician.

With the boom of country-music during that time, Marco decides in 1993 to make some inroads into Nashville. Once again, he hits the road to "Music City", where he would settle for the next five years.

Nashville at first was a dream come true for an artist such as Marco who loves the acoustic guitar. He quickly became a regularly featured performer at the local writers-nights. His performances included all types of venues such as The Bluebird, the Courtyard Café, Sammy B's, and many others. His unique finger-picking style landed him work, as well as an enduring friendship with local star Jana Stanfield. His classical training allowed him to join the famed local choir of world-music World Peace Choir, which had on more than one occasion the opportunity to accompany country-star Dolly Parton, as well as song-writer Julie Gold. Marco shared the stage with the World Peace Choir's Peace Celebration Band, which included names such as John Cowan (New Grass Revival), Dale Russell (The Guess Who), Lance Hopkins (Orleans), as well as Nashville's mainstays such as harp-player Randy Singer, or the new leader of The Byrds, Terry Rogers.

During his stay in Nashville Marco was featured on TNN's Country Today, performed at Colorado's Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and most importantly, recorded his second album Poet, Painter and Cowboy (1994, slam-color records). He was accompanied on the hammer-dulcimer by long-time friend and Nashville artist Ricko.

After three years of promotion for POET, PAINTER AND COWBOY, including a trip to his old Spain, in 1997 Marco and fellow songwriter Richard Mekdeci set up what would be the successful band The Joytoys. Through a year and a half of tireless performing of what they called Pop'n'Blues and the demo Come Out and Play, the band moves on, leaving Marco to create WORLDS COLLIDE. His idea is to create a group of eclectic musicians wherever he goes that can help him put out his eclectic repertory, which incorporates his diverse background. After another brief stint in Music City, Marco moves his sound to Spain, searching for fitting musicians there as well. Gaining strength thru a solo tour in late 1998 in the Valle del Tietar, Marco establishes WORLDS COLLIDE in Madrid to accompany him. With his current band formation of Worlds Collide he has now produced and released thru Several Records 140 Reasons, his latest album. Available now in stores, thru his web and that of the label, the album features thirteen original songs which highlight his vast array of styles. You can hear them or see them live in Radio 3, Onda Cero, Antena Boreal, Localia, ECOPOP Festival, Galileo Galilei, The Irish Rover, El Plaza, Studio 29, SOUL (Ávila), The Chesterfield, City Limits and other venues and stations.