Marvin Sease was born in Blackville, South Carolina on February 16, 1946. He began his singing career, like many other Southern soul stars, in church. Still in his teens, Sease joined a local gospel group, The Five Gospel Crowns who were popular in the Charleston area. At the age of 20, Sease took his gospel singing north to New York. But, as a young man in a very big city at a time when soul music was perhaps at its peak (James Brown, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, etc, etc), Sease found himself drawn to the secular R&B music and clubs. He soon put his own R&B band together, Sease, which featured his brothers on backing vocals. When the brother act broke up, Marvin turned to singing pre-recorded backing tracks for the dance clubs. He self-released a handful of 45s and, by the mid-80s, Marvin held down a regular gig at Brooklyn's Casablanca bar and night club.
A year earlier, in 1990, Marvin Sease made his contribution to the holiday season, releasing a 12" EP entitled "It's Christmas Time". The EP featured a holiday greeting, the songs "Merry Christmas" and "Funky Christmas", a Christmas version of his single "Do It Tonight" and the song "Take A Look Around You". "It's Christmas Time" has never been released on CD, though "Funky Christmas" has been included on Sease's entry into the "20th Century Masters/Millennium Collection" series.
Marvin Sease played the circuit pretty much up to the time of his death, in spite of pneumonia he'd been fighting on and off over the last year or so. He had a string of dates lined up for this month and next. Sease's final album, released in 2008, "Who's Got The Power", included his musical tribute to other R&B giants who have passed on. At the age of 64, the great and underapreciated Marvin Sease has joined their number. Marvin Sease has "Gone On".