One of the most gifted, visionary and enduring talents ever launched into orbit by the Motown hit machine, Marvin Gaye blazed the trail for the continued evolution of popular black music. Moving from lean, powerful R&B to stylish, sophisticated Soul to finally arrive at an intensely political and personal form of artistic self-expression. His work not only redefined Soul music as a creative force but also expanded its impact as an agent for social change. Marvin Gaye was born April 2, 1939 in Washington, D.C. At the age of three, he began singing in church, quickly becoming a soloist in the choir, Gaye later took up piano and drums. Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, first as an in-house session player and later as a solo artist with a string of hits including “Ain’t That Peculiar”, “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”, and duet recordings with Mary Wells, Kim Weston and Tammi Terrell, earning the titles “Prince of Motown” and “Prince of Soul.” During the 1970s, he recorded the concept albums What’s Going On and Let’s Get It On and became one of the first artists in Motown to break away from the reins of their production company. Gaye’s later recordings influenced several contemporary R&B sub-genres, such as quiet storm and neo-soul. In the early 1980s, Gaye released the 1982 Grammy Award winning hit “Sexual Healing” and its parent album Midnight Love. Since his death, many institutions have posthumously bestowed Gaye with awards and other honors including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Lissome Art Studio are proud to introduce a range of stylish limited edition art prints dedicated to Marvin Gaye. Each typography poster is individually signed and numbered featuring song titles and lyrics from Marvin Gaye albums and most notable recordings.