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The Reason People Love This American Idol Contestant Is Not Just Because Of His Singing…The Truth Will Shock You!

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This Is Marcio

This Is Marcio

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Meet Marcio Donaldson, a talented 28-year-old man who’s one with the music. The self-described singer-songwriter believes that, “Music is me and I am music.” But this gifted man is so much more than that. Before we get to that, we have to talk about his origins. The singer, who’s based in California, released a four-track EP back in November 2013, which he called “the restoration of good music with a new broken sound.” Since he’s a lyrically gifted ball of talent, it didn’t take long before someone discovered him.

Early On

Early On

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But before getting there, Marcio had to put up with a tough upbringing, where sadly, being part of a gang or doing drugs was the norm. He grew up in Compton, California, and lived in an apartment (along with his mom and sister) that was infested with cockroaches. His mother could not longer afford to feed her kids. Eventually, the state placed Marcio and his sister in the system. He faced many challenges and obstacles during his childhood, but he never let this break his spirit.

Escaping

Escaping

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Marcio talked about this tough upbringing and shared, “Growing up in the inner city, it was hard.” He added, “It was tough, and a lot of people succumb to the circumstances. So I wanted to be a light for those who don’t believe in dreams or don’t see them being possible or obtainable, you know what I’m saying?” Many people who were in the same boat would’ve succumbed to temptation, getting into drugs or joining a gang. But not Marcio. He turned to music and used it as a creative outlet.

He’s My Idol

He's My Idol

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Marcio had been dreaming of going on the show, “American Idol,” for which he had already tried last year. He actually made it to the group round but was eventually eliminated. But just as Marcio was getting ready to give it a shot again, he heard a knock on his door. A police offer and a social worker had brought in his week-old baby nephew. Sadly, his drug-addicted sister wasn’t providing a safe environment for the baby. At that moment, he realized he was in a tough spot.

Doing The Right Thing

Doing The Right Thing

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“You know how they say the cycle repeats. It started off with my mother in the system,” Marcio wisely explained. “Then me in the system. And then my sister had a child.” “The police and the social worker came to my home, they brought him and here was this week-old baby.” He was forced to make a decision fast, “They said, ‘You have 10 minutes to decide if you will keep this child or he goes in the system.’” He knew this could push his hopes and dreams to the back burner, but he knew what he had to do.

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