George Markey is a Singer, Piano Player, Composer, Producer and Teacher.
George Markey began performing at age 5 in a small church in Stanhope, NJ. While training vocally with his mother, he was hired as a boy soprano for weddings as young as 11. At age 16, he joined a vocal group called The Monels, and went on to perform with many large name acts. Among them were: Cousin Brucee, Don K.Reed, Johnny Maestro, Larry Chance, The Nerds, Dion Dimucci, Patti Labelle, The Duprees, The Cadillacs, Jimmy Beaumont and The Sky liners,The Infernos, The Tokens, Veto and The Salutations and 13 time grammy award winning vocal group, The Manhattan Transfer. These performances were at such venues as Broadway by The Bay Theatre at Harrah's Resort and Casino, Merv Griffin's Resorts, Tropicana, The Taj Mahal, Radio City Music Hall, PNC Bank Arts Center, The Continental Airlines Arena, The Spectrum and Nassau Colosseum.
Later in the group's growth, they went on to work with Tim Hauser, multi-grammy award winning producer and bass vocalist of The Manhattan Transfer. Their project was oversaw first by David Glue, President of Epic Records. and then moved into the hands of Steve Berkowitz from Columbia Records. As the keyboardist, bassist, and music director of the group, George was responsible for taking all the songs sent by Tim Hauser, pulling them apart, and rearranging them for 5 part harmony. These included such jazz songs as "Pretty Eyes" and "I Thought About You". After being flown to Los Angelos, CA from New Jersey, and finishing the recording at Brian Wilson's "Oceanway Studios", George's instrumental arrangements as well as his original song "Come to Me", appeared along side those of Ian Prince's, arranger for Paula Abdul's "Cold-Hearted Snake".
After leaving the vocal group, George moved on to other things. Several of his jingle compositions and productions are airing on Greater Media and Millennium Radio. These stations include: B98.5, New Jersey 101.5, Magic 100.1, 105.7 The Hawk, 92.7 WOBM Radio, 95.9 WRAT, 107.1, 94.3 The Point, and Star 99.1 Radio. In these creations, George is singing lead, playing keyboards, harmonizing background vocal parts, playing guitar, piano, bass and trumpet. He also mixes and masters his own music making it ready for radio. In 2003, his production of "The Jewelry Pros at Venzios" earned him a The Gold JSPRAA Award from the Jersey Shore Public Relations and Advertising Association. This is a coveted award whose competitors include several state and community colleges, as well as large advertising agencies and media companies.
He also took a position at at an alternative special education school, where he has been teaching music to children with special needs for the past 15 years.
He has played solo piano gigs at several private parties and functions. Other establishments he played solo piano at include Mc Loone's Rumrunner, Oyster Point, The Molly Pitcher Inn, The Navesink Country Club, The Rumson Country Club and The Raven and The Peach in Fair Haven.
Earning a Bachelor's degree in music from Thomas Edison State College, George enjoys teaching several instruments and vocalizing, privately throughout Monmouth and Ocean County through his music company, Markey Music LLC.