Marcus Baylor, a native of St. Louis, began playing the drums at two years old. Watching his cousin play every Sunday morning fascinated and inspired him to nurture his new found interest in drums. Not long after, it became evident that this was a gift from God and Marcus became the official drummer at his father's church. "Playing at church was the greatest start I could ever have because I constantly played and it served as a platform to develop a sound.”
After being awarded a scholarship to attend the Mannes School of Music, NY, NY he began playing professionally with some of the top artists in jazz music. Baylor played with Cassandra Wilson and recorded on her album, “Travelin’ Miles.” Following Wilson, Marcus played with Kenny Garrett, recording on his album, “Happy People, and later toured with John Scofield, Christian McBride and Joshua Redman. Coming into his own, he found himself in the drummer’s chair of one of the longest running and most loved contemporary jazz groups, the Yellowjackets. During his 10 year tenure, he recorded “Mint Jam,” “Times Squared,” “Peace ‘Round: A Christmas Celebration,” “Altered State,” and “25” commemorating the groups’ 25th year anniversary.
Upon his departure from the Yellowjackets, 2010 marked a new beginning for Marcus as he delves into several music and business ventures including his solo debut recording, music production company “The Baylors” with wife Jean Baylor and managing there company, Be A Light. Marcus adds, "Music is a special gift from God. As it has blessed me, I pray that it will be used as a light to reach, touch and inspire lives all over the world.