Marian McKay has been singing professionally in Birmingham for over 15 years, most notably as the lead singer of the popular swing-era styled band Marian McKay and her Magic City Six. Marian grew up listening to the great songs and instrumentals of the Big Bands her parents danced to, and later the blues records in her brother's collection became another early influence. After finishing high school in 1977, Marian opened Charlemagne Records, a store specializing in rare, out-of-print albums and other collectibles in all genres of popular music. Her work at the store provided a unique opportunity to listen, explore, and discover an even wider range of jazz, swing, and blues vocals who have influenced her own singing and performing style.
In addition to performing in Birmingham nightclubs such as the 22nd Street Blues and Jazz Caf頡nd Ona's Music room, Marian has performed at major regional music festivals such as City Stages and the Kentuck Arts Festival. In 1999, she was invited to sing in a musical tribute to George Gershwin with Southern Danceworks at the Alys Stephens Center. Marian also recorded a jingle for the Alys Stephens Center that was broadcast in Birmingham radio and television markets.
Along with the Magic City Six, Marian is a popular attraction at many special events such as corporate parties, dances, weddings, and other social gatherings. Her new CD, Yesterday's Memories, features a collection of songs by such revered composers as Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and Hoagy Carmichael. The music evokes a bygone era of Southern-styled popular music.