Thursday, February 10, 2011

Updated Information On The Passing Of Marvin Sease

On Tuesday, February 8, 2011 singer Marvin Sease passed away unexpectedly. He resided in Vicksburg, MS. He was 64 years old.

A celebration of Marvin Sease's life will be held on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 1:00 p.m., at Word and Worship Church located at 6286 Hanging Moss Rd. in Jackson, Mississippi 39206. The event is open to the public. Bishop Jeffery A. Stallworth is the designated pastor for the church.

We are greatly saddened with the loss of such an amazing person, a hard worker, a talented singer, and a loyal friend to so many. Marvin was passionate, innovative, and loved his job and his friends.

R&B Singer Marvin Sease Dead at 64

Today is another sad day for the World of music, as we have learned that American R&B singer Marvin Sease has died today at age 64.

Marvin started his career singing with the Five Gospel Crowns in Charleston, South Carolina.
Soon after turning 20, he went to New York and joined up with a group called the Gospel Crowns.
After performing in the gospel circuit, Marvin decided to start an R&B group. He gathered his three brothers and built Sease.
He performed throughout the blues festival and blues club circuits.
His explicit lyrics were a turn from his gospel roots, but they gained him a huge following and much fame.
In 1986, Marvin released an independent album titled “Marvin Sease” and it featured his very popular song Ghetto Man.
He got his big break by signing with Polygram
Candy Licker was the song that propelled Marvin to stardom.
The lyrics were explicit and the song receiver very little airplay.
Still, the song was successful through word of mouth, jukebox play and live performances.
Ever since, Marvin has been recording and playing blues festivals and clubs ever since and has a cult-like following.
Marvin Sease was scheduled to appear at several blues festivals this month including Greensboro and Cleveland.

According to online reports, Sease passed away at Vicksburg, Mississippi just eight days before turning 65. Although it was rumored that Sease was suffering from pneumonia, the exact cause of death has not been revealed yet.

Marvin started his career as a gospel singer with diverse groups at a young age, but when he was 20 he moved to New York and there he joined the Gospel Crowns. But he quickly decided that he wanted to form his own R&B group and along with his three brothers he formed the band Sease.

Sease had big successes such as the 1986 song “Ghetto Man” and the 1987 track “Candy Licker”.

He continued his career releasing several more albums in the upcoming ten years. He was booked to appear in music festivals this month.

Malaco Artist Marvin Sease Dies February 8, 2011

Just days before what would've been his 65th birthday, blues artist Marvin Sease died of pneumonia at River Region Medical Center in Vicksburg, Miss. Best known for his infamous track 'Candy Licker,' from his 1987 self-titled, major-label debut, Sease carved a niche for himself as a raunchy, X-rated singer who used gospel, soul and blues to deliver explicit messages -- raw in content but smooth in execution. As such, he developed and maintained a solid fan base that, notably, tended to be females who took a liking to his word play.

A South Carolina native, Sease moved to New York by the time he was 20 to pursue a career in music. He got his start fronting several soul and gospel groups but soon began leaning more towards R&B. He secured a residency gig at a bar in Brooklyn -- Casablanca -- but also toured heavily in the south, where he appeared to be better received. When his record label, London/Mercury, released the ten-minute track 'Candy Licker' as a single, it became something of a jukebox hit even if radio shied away from it because of its explicit content. All told, the song propelled the debut album to number 14 on Billboard's R&B chart and transformed Sease into a strong live draw.

None of his subsequent albums were able to match his initial success, however Sease was able to maintain a core group of fans and he will remain relevant as a forefather of a certain sexually-explicit blend of R&B and gospel-tinged blues.