Lamar Lacañgan, better known by his stage name Marz JukeBox, is a 3x Music Award Nominated American singer-songwriter, record producer, and is now part of the M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records family.
Raised in San Diego, California, Marz JukeBox has always had a strong message of passion and vision to share. Embracing his heritage as both African-American & Filipino, his family & friends knew him simply as ‘Mar’ and because he loved and often listened to the records ‘Big Daddy’ (his grandfather) would play around the house he could recall & sing songs from great music legends such as Prince, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley and many others. He grew up becoming the family Jukebox, hence the name ‘Marz JukeBox’.
Marz JukeBox had brief success signing to Hollywood Records, then a short stint with Sony and gained a bit more momentum when he and his group Kindred 3 signed to Red Hill Records where he toured along side co-record and label mate Katy Hudson (Katy Perry). Marz recalls, “I remember her just being this teenaged blondie that played a guitar amazingly well, she loved to hear how I created harmonies and wanted me to teach her to sing soul music. Now she’s larger than life! It’s pretty amazing to see!” In addition, Marz has also hit the road with Toby Mac, Kirk Franklin, P.O.D. & many others.
When the record label folded, Lamar released his first solo record independently as ‘Marz JukeBox’. The record, self-titled “Marz JukeBox” earned him 2 Music Award Nominations for both ‘Best Jazz Artist’, “Best R&B Artist’, and recently another 2015 Music Award Nomination for Co-Writing and Publishing another hit song ‘My Skies’ for Lauren Silva . In addition to his touring, Marz even had time to expand to film, acting and directing. You can catch a sneak peek of Marz (Lamar) on the movie screen in a cameo appearance alongside Carrie Underwood, in the blockbuster smash ‘Soul Surfer’, the life story of Bethany Hamilton.
When asked about the influences for the new music, Marz replied, “Time. Now more than ever, in a time extremely divided we need something that can unite us. That’s what I hope people will take from the new music in this season of my life. I’m hoping to point people in the direction of Unity, Joy & Peace that surpasses all understanding. No matter where people are right now, I hope to remind them that God is STILL in control, and everything that has happened or is happening will work for the greater purpose of good. This music is just the vehicle I’m blessed to use, it’s my platform to speak into the hearts of those who will listen and why not make some great music along the way?”