Carry You On | Marcus Goldhaber

Carry You On | Marcus Goldhaber

Behind The Scenes with Marcus Goldhaber

Bio

A 2016 MAC award nominee for "Best Song," and Broadway World and Hot House Magazine nominee for "Best Male Vocalist," Marcus Goldhaber is known for his vivid songwriting and intimate approach to The American Songbook. Jazztimes has labeled Goldhaber "wonderfully imaginative," while Jazziz says he is "exciting and fresh" and All About Jazz simply proclaims, [he's] "like a plate full of comfort food!"

He also is gaining fast recognition for his deep passion to strengthen the relationship between civilians and military veterans. For the past few years, Goldhaber has been bolstering that connection through songs he's written with a mission to #BridgeTheGap. Those efforts have culminated in his latest album, Carry You On (Krian Music Group/Universal Records), a uniquely compelling collection of story-based songs in various styles - and a bold departure from his jazz roots - all aimed at opening new windows into the everyday lives of veterans and their families while expressing Goldhaber's profound desire to fortify the civilian-veteran relationship. Carry You On is set for release on Veterans Day Weekend 2017 (11/10/17), with a generous portion of proceeds directly supporting Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). As Joseph Brooks, President & COO of Liberty USO says, "it's the start of a movement!"

Highlights of the movement include:

  • The initial release of "poignant and emotional" (All Voices) "Come Home America," when Goldhaber was tapped by Super Bowl event organizers for its live world premiere before military members and their families at the star-studded, sold-out 2014 Super Bowl Celebrity Sweat with Hip Hop star Nelly, NFL star alum Doug Flutie, and boxing legend Evander Holyfield.
  • A performance in Philadelphia at Wawa Welcome America, the nation's largest Independence Day Celebration, which draws crowds of over 500,000.
  • A sold out Memorial Day concert at NYC's famed Cutting Room, for an official Fleet Week New York event that was singled out by The New York Times.
  • High profile performances at America's Parade on Veterans Day in NYC (2015 & 2016), the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and a return engagement at the Veterans Square Monument in Bucks County, PA, following a special guest appearance at its Dedication Ceremony the previous year.

Additional NYC credits include Carnegie Hall, 54 Below, The Blue Note, Iridium, Birdland, Kitano, The Laurie Beechman Theater, and The Cutting Room. Around the country, Goldhaber has performed with Donny Most at Catalina's (LA), The Count Basie Theatre w/Deana Martin (NJ), The Lied Center (KS), The Smith Center (Las Vegas), and has headlined the RRazz Room (PA), Milford Arts Council (CT), Century Village (FL), and World Cafè Live (PA), along with residencies at NYC's Renaissance Hotel, Benjamin Hotel and The Night Hotel. He recently completed a two-year run hosting "Mostly Marcus," an innovative vocal/guitar series at Symphony Space.

Goldhaber co-starred in the recent off-Broadway hit, The Wonderful Wizard of Song (music of Harold Arlen) and was a featured singer in Wall Street Journal/Vanity Fair critic Will Friedwald's "Sinatra-thon." His four previous CD's (Fallen Apple Records) all have received noteworthy press from top Jazz media, as well as a 4-star review from PEOPLE Magazine saying, "Goldhaber will have you giddy one moment, melancholy the next and loving every note." He has also been featured by esteemed American Songbook radio host Jonathan Schwartz, on WNYC and Sirius XM saying, "Goldhaber is excellent... [he's] filled with ideas!"

Press Releases

December 11, 2016
FULLY FUNDED! $30K-PLUS SURGE OF PLEDGES IN FINAL HOURS OF CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN THRUSTS VETERAN AWARENESS RECORDING PROJECT BEYOND GOAL MORE THAN 24 HOURS PRIOR TO DEADLINE

'CARRY YOU ON,' THE BENEFIT 'ALBUM FOR ACTION' TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN VETERANS AND CIVILIANS THROUGH MUSIC, IS FULLY FUNDED BY SURPASSING $66K KICKSTARTER GOAL

"Marcus Goldhaber's passion for uniting veterans and civilians is vividly apparent. ... His soul and honesty shine through when he sings, and brought tears to my eyes." - Kathy Kraeck, Vice President, Veterans Square Foundation, Creators of Veterans Square Monument, VeteransSquare.org.

NEW YORK (Dec. 11, 2016) - More than $30,000 in crowdfunding pledges poured in yesterday to surpass the Kickstarter campaign goal a full day ahead of deadline and successfully fund CARRY YOU ON, the benefit "Album for Action" to help bridge the disconnect between civilians and military veterans through music from 2016 MAC Award nominee MARCUS GOLDHABER.

Yesterday's tidal wave of crowdfunding pledges rolled toward midnight with over $67,000, to exceed the $66,000 Kickstarter goal with a full day left until the official deadline of midnight EST tonight (Sunday).

Now that it's fullly funded, the project will help Goldhaber make sure the needs of veterans are constantly a part of the national conversation.

Goldhaber, the acclaimed NYC jazz singer-songwriter, has himself pledged a whopping 50% of all album sale proceeds to IAVA (Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America), which strives to build the "New Greatest Generation" as the first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

With yesterrday's incredible surge - half of the entire Kickstarter goal - Goldhaber's faith in the public to complete this phase of his mission on behalf of America's veterans has been handilly rewarded. The average pledge to back the campaign - officially declard by Kickstarter as a "Project We Love" - has jumped to over $400.

After four years of bringing his veterans awareness project to live stages in clubs, concert halls, arenas, festivals and other veteran-related events from New York to Philadelphia, Goldhaber will now be bringing his 10 new original songs to the recording studio. CARRY YOU ON will include "Come Home America," the original Goldhaber anthem released on Veterans Day 2013.

The reaction Goldhaber has been receiving along the way became the impetus to write and record enough songs for a full album. All lyrics are inspired by conversations he's had with civilians, active-duty service members, veterans and their families. They are the driving force behind his movement to #bridgethegap.

"I'm humbled that my friends, family and fans have rallied to crowd-fund the production and distribution of this album," says Goldhaber, "so this message can reach as many people as possible."

November 11, 2016
11.11 @ 11: BOLD NEW CHAPTER IN HERALDED MUSIC PROJECT HONORING AMERICA'S MILITARY HEROES TO LAUNCH THROUGH KICKSTARTER DURING ARTIST PERFORMANCE AT NEW YORK VETERANS DAY PARADE

"Marcus Goldhaber's passion for uniting veterans and civilians is vividly apparent. ... His soul and honesty shine through when he sings, and brought tears to my eyes. ... I am so pleased he will be singing in the Big Apple for the NYC Veterans Parade!"
- Kathy Kraeck, Vice President, Veterans Square Foundation,
Creators of Veterans Square Monument, VeteransSquare.org.

NEW YORK (Nov. 11, 2016) - Today at 11 a.m. EST, while America's largest traditional celebration of our veterans overtook the streets of New York City, a bold new chapter in a heralded music project honoring our military heroes was officially launched through Kickstarter.

After four years of bringing this project to live stages in clubs, concert halls, arenas, festivals and other veterans related events from New York to Philadelphia, CARRY YOU ON is finally ready for the recording studio. The "Album for Action" of 10 new original songs was written by acclaimed NYC jazz singer-songwriter Marcus Goldhaber to help bridge the disconnect between civilians and military veterans through music.

Goldhaber, a 2016 MAC Award nominee, made the announcement today (11.11 @ 11 a.m.) during his second consecutive performance in New York's Veterans Day Parade, officially known as "America's Parade 2016."

"I've taken this project as far as I can on my own," said Goldhaber. "Now graciously and humbly, I'm turning to Kickstarter and my friends and family and fans to help fund the production and distribution of this album, so this message can reach as many people as possible.

"I wrote this music to give civilians and veterans the confidence to begin and continue the CARRY YOU ON will include "Come Home America," the original Goldhaber anthem he released on Veterans Day 2013. The reaction to "Come Home America," and the live concert outreach it has since sparked, ultimately became the impetus to write and record enough songs for this upcoming album. I've seen the impact of these songs first-hand. I've performed for veterans and civilians in the same room."

At one performance, a Marine came up to Goldhaber and said that after being thanked for his service so many times, and not knowing how to respond, "he now felt he had a starting point." At another, a sailor approached Goldhaber and said that, after hearing one of his songs, she felt more comfortable knowing "part of her story was now on stage."

Says Joseph P. Brooks, president and COO of Liberty USO: "Marcus Goldhaber has a precious vision to embrace and support our troops and veterans with his rousing anthem as the soundtrack. It's the start of a movement, and being on the ground floor we stand tall in not only participating, but urging everyone to join with us as it spreads across the country."

This project is proud to support Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.iava.org), which strives to build the "New Greatest Generation" as the first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Having shared stages with musical icons from Les Paul to Bono, Goldhaber "finds the soul in each note with his no-frills approach" (People), and played before a sold-out room at the legendary Blue Note. Outside of entertaining at Manhattan's top clubs and throughout the East Coast, he's performed at the U.N., for Henry Kissinger, and most recently toured the U.S. in the off-Broadway hit The Wonderful Wizard of Song: The Music of Harold Arlen. For over a year, he has been in monthly residence at Bar Thalia at Symphony Space on the Upper East Side, "stripping the Great American Songbook to the bone" hosting "Mostly Marcus."

"COME HOME AMERICA" is available NOW on iTunes.

November 3, 2015
'COME HOME AMERICA' CONCERT TOUR TO HONOR AMERICA'S MILITARY HEROES TO BE FEATURED IN 'AMERICA'S PARADE,' NEW YORK CITY VETERANS DAY PARADE

Acclaimed NYC Jazz Vocalist-Songwriter MARCUS GOLDHABER Heightens Grassroots Mission To #BridgeTheGap Between Civilians and Military Families

Read the interview on AEG Live's AXS.com

Watch the "Come Home America" Music Video, which premiered on The Huffington Post

"Marcus Goldhaber's passion for uniting veterans and civilians is vividly apparent with his "Come America Tour," graciously performed at the dedication of the Veterans Square Monument, Yardley, PA, in November 2014, and again for a Labor Day fundraiser this past September. His soul and honesty shine through when he sings, and brought tears to my eyes the first time I heard it. I am so pleased he will be singing "Come Home America" in the Big Apple for the NYC Veterans Parade!"

- Kathy Kraeck, Vice President, Veterans Square Foundation, Creators of Veterans Square Monument, VeteransSquare.org.

NEW YORK (Nov. 3, 2015) – The COME HOME AMERICA PROJECT to honor America's military heroes, a grassroots mission created by acclaimed NYC jazz vocalist-songwriter MARCUS GOLDHABER to #bridgethegap between civilians and military families, will reach a significant milestone next week with a spotlight performance as part of AMERICA'S PARADE!, the 2015 New York City Veterans Day Parade.

Backed by the COME HOME AMERICA BAND, Goldhaber will be an AMERICA'S PARADE participant, singing his original anthem, "Come Home America," and other new compositions to honor the troops, as the ONLY official musical performance at the AMERICA'S PARADE Veteran's Village.

THE COME HOME AMERICA PERFORMANCE is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 11, from Noon to 3 p.m., at the AMERICA'S PARADE Veteran's Village, East 53rd St., between 5th & 6th Aves. More info at www.americasparade.org.

This is the second consecutive high profile NYC event for the COME HOME AMERICA PROJECT. Goldhaber previously brought the COME HOME AMERICA PROJECT to the sold-out Cutting Room in New York City last year in an official Fleet Week Event that was singled out by the New York Times.

"We are a grateful nation, but we can certainly take better care of each other through a deeper understanding of what it is like to be a veteran in this country," says Goldhaber. "I'm very proud of the connections we've made as this project continues to grow and I look forward to honoring our veterans."

Says Joseph P. Brooks, president and COO of Liberty USO: "Marcus Goldhaber has a precious vision to embrace and support our troops and veterans with his rousing anthem as the soundtrack. It's the start of a movement, and being on the ground floor we stand tall in not only participating, but urging everyone to join with us as it spreads across the country."

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WHAT:
The COME HOME AMERICA PROJECT to honor America's military heroes, a grassroots mission created by acclaimed NYC jazz vocalist-songwriter MARCUS GOLDHABER to #bridgethegap between civilians and military families, will reach a significant milestone next week with a spotlight performance as part of AMERICA'S PARADE!, the 2015 New York City Veterans Day Parade. More information at www.americasparade.org.

WHEN:
VETERANS DAY, Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Noon to 3 p.m.

WHO:
Marcus Goldhaber & the COME HOME AMERICA Band
Sean Wayland, keyboard; Alexandra Eckhardt, bass; Hendrik Helmer, lead guitar; Tony Romano, rhythm guitar; Riccardo Belletta, drums; Crystal Monee Hall, backing vocals; Celisse Henderson, backing vocals

WHERE:
Veteran's Village at America's Parade
East 53rd Street between 5th & 6th Aves., New York City

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Goldhaber also was tapped by official Super Bowl event organizers for the live world premiere of his inspiring new original song for the troops before military members and their families at the star-studded 2014 Super Bowl Celebrity Sweat. He was joined for the sold-out event at the Teaneck Armory by Hip Hop star Nelly, NFL star alum Doug Flutie, and boxing legend Evander Holyfield.

COME HOME AMERICA, a pop anthem produced by Ke$ha collaborator Cliff Goldmacher, is unbound by musical genre and inspired by America's military heroes, honoring our troops and supporting our veterans abroad. All Voices calls the song "poignant and emotional" and the Jewish Journal declares it "sure to become a patriotic standard for the new millennia."

COME HOME AMERICA is the centerpiece of the tour which is hitting stride in concert halls, stadiums, military bases, and parades around the world. Proceeds from the tour and the song benefit Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.iava.org), which strives to build the "New Greatest Generation" as the first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Having shared stages with musical icons from Les Paul to Bono, Goldhaber "finds the soul in each note with his no-frills approach" (People), and played before a sold-out room at the legendary Blue Note. His fourth album, A LOVELY WAY TO SPEND AN EVENING (Fallen Apple Records/The Orchard), released last fall, continues to garner critical acclaim. Outside of entertaining at Manhattan's top clubs and throughout the East Coast, he's performed at the U.N., for Henry Kissinger, and recently toured the U.S. in the off-Broadway hit The Wonderful Wizard of Song: The Music of Harold Arlen.

Goldhaber released COME HOME AMERICA on Veterans Day 2013 as a stirring ode to our nation's two million service members across the globe, and the 24 million veterans back home, both embraced and discarded. The mission is simple: to benefit the needs of this new generation of returning veterans, while improving and strengthening the dialogue between civilians and military families for years to come.

Goldhaber was careful to construct a broad, sweeping melody and rousing chorus that "you want to wrap people in like a blanket," to help transmit his message in an inclusive and accessible way. By countering his vocals with restrained nuance, Goldhaber was able to marry the intimate approach more natural to his style with the expansive message of COME HOME AMERICA.

"COME HOME AMERICA" is available NOW on iTunes.

July 2, 2014
'COME HOME AMERICA' TOUR TO HONOR AMERICA'S MILITARY HEROES AT NATION'S LARGEST INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION, JULY 4 @ Wawa WELCOME AMERICA IN PHILADELPHIA

NEW YORK (July 2, 2014) - Fresh from a sold-out tour kickoff and official Fleet Week New York event that was singled out by the New York Times, the 2014 "COME HOME AMERICA TOUR" will be rocking the Cradle of Liberty on the Fourth of July at the nation's largest Independence Day Celebration, Wawa WELCOME AMERICA in Philadelphia. With continued support from the USO, acclaimed NYC vocalist-songwriter MARCUS GOLDHABER will be singing to honor the troops with his 6-piece band as they celebrate "The New Greatest Generation" before expected crowds of up to 500,000.

The "Come Home America" performance to honor America’s military heroes, starring the MARCUS GOLDHABER BAND and special guests, will be held Friday, July 4 on the Global Music Stage of Wawa WELCOME AMERICA, 20th & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA. Show time is from 4 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Wawa WELCOME AMERICA is FREE to the public. More information at www.welcomeamerica.com.

"I am thrilled and humbled to be a part of this year's Welcome America festival," says Marcus. "The most important element of the Come Home America project is to bridge the gap between civilians and military families. It is an absolute honor to be able to bring this project to what many feel is the birthplace of our independence and the beginning of our ideas about citizenship. If civilians and service men and women can naturally come together to enjoy music, my hope is that we can help kick-start that conversation and eventually start taking better care of one another."

"Liberty USO is proud to be affiliated with the Come Home America Tour," adds Joseph P. Brooks, President & COO of Liberty USO. "Marcus Goldhaber has a precious vision to embrace and support our troops and veterans with his rousing anthem as the soundtrack. It's the start of a movement, and being on the ground floor we stand tall in not only participating, but urging everyone to join with us as it spreads across the country."

The show features the premiere of original new material from Goldhaber's forthcoming Come Home America album. COME HOME AMERICA, a pop anthem produced by Ke$ha collaborator Cliff Goldmacher, is unbound by musical genre and inspired by America's military heroes, honoring our troops and supporting our veterans abroad. All Voices calls the song "poignant and emotional" and the Jewish Journal declares it "sure to become a patriotic standard for the new millennia."

COME HOME AMERICA is the centerpiece of the tour which will hit stride this year in concert halls, stadiums, military bases, and parades around the world. Proceeds from the tour and the song benefit Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.iava.org), which strives to build the "New Greatest Generation" as the first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Goldhaber was recently tapped by official Super Bowl event organizers for the live world premiere of his inspiring new original song for the troops before military members and their families at the star-studded 2014 Super Bowl Celebrity Sweat. He was joined for the sold-out event at the Teaneck Armory by Hip Hop star Nelly, NFL star alum Doug Flutie, and boxing legend Evander Holyfield. COME HOME AMERICA made its TV debut during a performance-interview segment on Power Your Life with Dr. Jo Anne White.

Having shared stages with musical icons from Les Paul to Bono, Goldhaber "finds the soul in each note with his no-frills approach" (People), and played before a sold-out room at the legendary Blue Note. Outside of entertaining at Manhattan's top clubs, he's performed at the U.N., for Henry Kissinger, and recently surpassed his one-year anniversary being featured in the off-Broadway hit The Wonderful Wizard of Song: The Music of Harold Arlen.

Goldhaber released COME HOME AMERICA (Fallen Apple Records) on Veterans Day as a stirring ode to our nation's two million service members across the globe, and the 24 million veterans back home, both embraced and discarded. The mission is simple: to benefit the needs of this new generation of returning veterans, while improving and strengthening the dialogue between civilians and military families for years to come.

"Much of this comes down to education and the absence of a continuing dialogue between civilians and military families," says Goldhaber. "I have a strong wish to bridge this gap so that we can all feel more connected to each other."

Goldhaber was careful to construct a broad, sweeping melody and rousing chorus that "you want to wrap people in like a blanket," to help transmit his message in an inclusive and accessible way. By countering his vocals with restrained nuance, Goldhaber was able to marry the intimate approach more natural to his style with the expansive message of COME HOME AMERICA.

"I needed to connect people who don't know a lot about this subject and help bridge that gap," he says. "If it's something that's accessible and memorable, it's something that people can get closer to."

WHAT:
Fresh from a sold-out tour kickoff and official Fleet Week New York event that was singled out by the New York Times, the 2014 "COME HOME AMERICA TOUR" will be rocking the Cradle of Liberty on the Fourth of July at the nation's largest Independence Day Celebration, Wawa WELCOME AMERICA in Philadelphia. With continued support from the USO, acclaimed NYC vocalist-songwriter MARCUS GOLDHABER will be singing to honor the troops with his 6-piece band as they celebrate “The New Greatest Generation” before expected crowds of up to 500,000.

WHEN:
FRIDAY, July 4, 2014
4 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

WHO:
The Marcus Goldhaber Band and special guests

WHERE:
Wawa Welcome America
Global Music Stage
20th & JFK Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19103

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