Sing for Your Supper

Marcio Donaldson is no stranger to adversity. The 25-year-old self-taught singer spent a year living in his car to achieve his dream—and ultimately a day job.

Marcio Donaldson is no stranger to adversity. The 25-year-old self-taught singer spent a year living in his car to achieve his dream—and ultimately a day job. He drove seven hours to San Francisco to audition for American Idol and made it to the second round. “I had to be persistent and go and chance it,” he says.

When Marcio isn’t busy working at The Cheesecake Factory, he’s in the studio working on his new album. “Music to me has always been constant and consistent within my life. It’s my calling and purpose. How many people can say that?” he says.

Here are Marcio’s picks for local singers looking to get discovered:

 

The Cheesecake Factory, Redondo Beach

“I’ve been serving there for four years now, and I love it. This type of fast-moving and flexible job is perfect because I can still find time to pursue my music career. Just from singing ‘Happy Birthday’ songs to some of my tables, I’ve gained so many fans and followers. Sometimes I go into work more excited about singing to my tables than receiving tips!”

605 N. Harbor Dr., Redondo Beach, 310-376-0466, cheesecakefactory.com

 

Pitcher House Upper Deck Sports

“Being that this bar is less than one mile away from work, I end up here with co-workers often. When I go here it’s usually to unwind, and singing is the last thing on my mind. However, when it’s karaoke night, I somehow always end up on the mic.”

Redondo Shores Shopping Center, 409 N. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, 310-374-0001, pitcherhouse.com

 

The Game Sports Bar

“On those nights when I’m off with the desire to sing and network, I stop by GS. Some of the industry’s biggest names have started here and still visit. You just never know who you’re going to see here. Plus I love performing with a live band. There’s nothing better.”

5630 W. Manchester Avenue, Los Angeles, 310-216-4263, thegamebar.net