Marc Anthony Thompson is basically known for three things. First, as the founder of the musical collective, Chocolate Genius, alternatively known as Chocolate Genius Inc. Secondly, he is known as a talented singer and songwriter who rose to fame for incorporating the modern form of R&B, folk, and jazz in his work, and lastly, as the father of the multi-talented Hollywood actress, Tess Thompson.
While it is true that Marc is not always under the spotlight like his famous daughter, the singer was among the class who made waves in the music industry in the mid-1980s. Apart from working together with notable instrumentalists and musicians, he has also had some roles in several Hollywood productions. Let’s get to know more about the Panamanian singer.
Marc Anthony Thompson – Bio
Marc Anthony Thompson is a vocalist and guitarist from Panama, a country in Central America. Despite his involvement in the highly competitive music industry, a lot is still not known about Thompson. His birthday, month, as well as the year he was born, is still a mystery. However, reliable sources reported that he is of Afro-Panamanian ancestry and that he was raised in California.
As regards his family background, Marc is the son of popular musician and film actor Bobby Ramos but it is not clear if he is an only child. However, the names of the institutions he graduated from are not readily available.
Not much is known about the singer’s family and what they are up to except for Tess who is already a successful actress. Tess’s mother is of Euro-Mexican ancestry and was also part of her life while she was growing up. According to reports, March and Tess’s mom called off their marital relationship when the actress was still young. Following the divorce, Tess moved to another city with her mother and older sister.
Some news sites reported that Marc Anthony Thompson shares a son and daughter with another woman but we haven’t verified the report yet. Further information about Marc’s personal life, net worth, and body measurements is not a matter of public knowledge.
Not much is known about Marc Anthony Thompson’s early life but his musical career is believed to have started in New York, where he relocated to from the city he was raised – California. The musician released his two solo albums Marc Anthony Thompson and Watts & Paris in 1984 and 1989 and they were respectively distributed by Warners Bros Records and Reprise Records. This was followed by the birth of Chocolate Genius, which later grew to become a full-fledged recording project.
Shortly after Chocolate Genius was formed, Marc Anthony Thompson was supported by a slew of instrumentalists, with whom he recorded the albums, Black Music (1998) and Godmusic (2001). Their names are guitarist Chris Whitley, Ribot, Martin & Wood, keyboardist John Medeski, cellist Jane Scarpantoni, bassist Chris Wood, Vernon Reid, as well as the Avant-Garde musical group, The Lounge Lizards.
The musician’s next album with Chocolate Genius Inc. was Black Yankee Rock which was released in the year 2005 by Commotion Records. Their fourth album titled: Swansongs was released in 2010 and was followed by the fifth, Truth vs. Beauty (2016).
Black Yankee Rock is said to have featured a good number of elite New York musicians such as Oren Bloedow, Marc Ribot, Yuka Honda, Abe Laboriel Jr., Van Dyke Parks, David Stone, Me’Shell Ndegeocello, Glenn Patscha, among others.
Sometime in 2006, Marc Anthony Thompson embarked on a concert tour with singer Bruce Springsteen and The Seeger Sessions Band. While the Bruce Springsteen and The Seeger Sessions Band Tour lasted, he provided backing vocals, played the acoustic guitar, and also shared the lead vocals on notable songs like When The Saints Go Marching In.
As a music recorder and writer, the Panamanian singer has taken part in several productions in both the movie and theatrical industries, as mentioned earlier. He has composed music for several films including but not limited to American Splendor (2003), Colorvision (2004), Brother to Brother (2004), Twin Falls Idaho (1999), and Rikers High (2005). Thompson’s recording of the American music group The Beatles’ song (Julia) also became part of the soundtrack in the 2001 melodrama film, I Am Sam.
Marc Anthony Thompson bagged his first major accolade (an Obie award) in the year 1997 for his incredible sound design in the American film adaptation, A Huey P. Newton Story.