Marcus Norris scored the feature film Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul. starring Regina Hall & Sterling K. Brown, written and directed by Adamma Ebo, which premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and was released in theaters by Focus Features.
Norris’ first foray into making music came in the form of producing rap beats on pirated software, installed on a Windows 98 computer that he Macgyvered together from spare parts while laying on the floor of his childhood bedroom. Though he came to composing concert music later, he transferred that same imagination and ingenuity to writing music of all kinds. Marcus has been called a “New Musical Talent in our Midst” by Chicago’s N’digo Magazine, and has made a number of achievements, including being selected as an inaugural Composer-in-Residence for the Chicago Philharmonic from 2021-24, being awarded the prestigious Cota-Robles fellowship for pursuing his PhD in Music Composition at UCLA, and being chosen in 2020 for the LA Philharmonic’s National Composers Intensive. His violin concerto “GLORY” opened to three sold-out performances when premiered by the Jackson Symphony Orchestra in 2019, and then was subsequently performed in Guangzhou, China later that year. His Dance Suite “I Tried So Hard for You” premiered in Havana in 2018, closely following the Russian String Orchestra premiere of “My Idols Are Dead” in Moscow.
The world premiere of his concert piece “MERCY” was recently performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
In 2020 Marcus founded South Side Symphony, which recorded the original score for Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul. South Side Symphony performs orchestral-fusion of Neo-Soul, R&B, Gospel, Rap, Anime music and more, and remains the only orchestra that would perform “Back That Thang Up” over Beethoven.