The story so far…
No, he wasn’t born and raised in South Detroit, but the native Canadian did start working in Windsor, Ontario in 1999 before moving to Detroit in 2001 to continue his music career. Marc Dorian is a keyboardist, singer, and songwriter who has always known he wanted to be a musician and found his way to making a living in the music business by taking time to learn the “why” even as he was perfecting the “how.”
The youngest of 5 children in a tight knit family, Dorian started piano lessons when he was 10 years old and just kept going from there. He studied jazz piano at university and dug into different genres and the history behind musical styles. This love of music and desire to learn more broadened Dorian’s own taste and still guides his writing and playing.
Dorian started out as a side man during the mid 1990s touring across Canada in bands that were mostly blues/rock oriented and recalls being turned on to assorted pioneers of blues piano, as well as really hearing the keyboard parts on early records by country artist Vince Gill. Billy Joel, Bruce Hornsby, and Elton John were all artists Dorian heard in heavy rotation during his formative years, their style and talent making a mark on him as well.
It was those influences combined with a strong desire to make a career of music that led him to explore many opportunities, including a three month stint in Norway as a piano bar entertainer and working on cruise ships overseas. Dorian honed his crowd skills between 1999-2012 working as part of a dueling piano outfit, traveling from coast to coast across the United States.
A reputation as a seasoned professional who always shows up prepared to give his best performance has taken Dorian to numerous high profile events in a variety of settings. He has toured with country artists and played corporate events supporting national recording artists such as Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton, Foreigner, and Huey Lewis & The News at venues ranging from the North American International Auto Show to Super Bowl XLVI.
Dorian currently earns his living by playing keys and singing at over 100 shows per year with the tribute band Your Generation In Concert. Just because he is part of a band doesn’t mean there isn’t more to Marc Dorian the solo artist, however.
On his latest album, “Another Lucky Day,” Marc incorporates elements of rock and country along with blues influences into the music. He uses thoughtful, storytelling lyrics to craft highly relatable songs that have an overall optimistic tone. “I’ve always been drawn to the singer songwriters who are great storytellers,” says Marc. That shared connection with the audience is only one of his many talents, but it is one Dorian excels at, putting his musical stamp on the story and then passing it along for others to interpret as he continues on his own journey.