Marcus Finnie

A Memphis native, Marcus Finnie began playing drums at church accompanying his mother on organ. From grade school to high school, Marcus began studying classical and jazz music. While playing at Olivet Baptist Church in Memphis, TN, Marcus was told by Grammy-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum that “if you keep practicing and learn to read music, you will play with me someday.” Ten years later during his college days at Middle Tennessee State University, Marcus was invited to record with Kirk Whalum on his album “Into My Soul.”

Since then, while living in Nashville, Marcus has performed with Larry Carlton, Donna Summer, Kirk Whalum, India Arie, Billy Preston, Tamir Hendleman, Monte Montgomery, Larry Goldings, Steve Green, Aaron Neville, and CeCe Winans. Marcus has also recorded with Grammy and Stellar Award nominated and winning artists Michael McDonald, Smokie Norful, Donnie McClurkin, American Idols’ Ace Young, Rodney Crowell, Vickie Winans, Rachel Lampa, Adam Nitti, Bryan Bellar, and several others.

Drums recording credits:

  • Ace Young (American Idol)
  • Kirk Whalum
  • “Into My Soul”
  • Grammy Nominated
  • T.D. Jakes feat. Donnie McClurkin
  • “He Motions”
  • Grammy Award Winning Smokie Norful
  • “Nothing Without You”
  • Grammy Award Winner Tommy Walker
  • “I Have Hope”
  • Michael McDonald
  • “That’s what Christmas means to me”
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Kirk Whalum
  • Donna Summer
  • India Arie
  • Monte Montgomery
  • Larry Carlton
  • Billy Preston