Marques Toliver on 'World Cafe: Next'

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Marques Toliver is this week's 'World Cafe: Next' artist.

Marques Toliver is this week's 'World Cafe: Next' artist.

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Set List

  • "Deep in My Heart"
  • "Charter Magic"

Singer-violinist Marques Toliver's first big break came courtesy of TV On the Radio's Kyp Malone, who discovered the young musician busking on the streets of New York City. Toliver quickly gained a reputation as a talented studio musician, performing with the likes of Grizzly Bear, Bat for Lashes and Holly Miranda. Meanwhile, Toliver's original songs were gaining traction.

His second break came courtesy of the U.K.'s reigning R&B queen Adele, who recommended him — at the time, still unsigned and unknown — for an appearance on the influential music show Later with Jools Holland.

Half soul crooner and half Suzuki-schooled classical whiz kid, Toliver's music elegantly bridges the seemingly disparate worlds of classical music and pop R&B. Hear two songs from Toliver's debut EP, Butterflies Are Not Free, on this week's "World Cafe: Next."

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