* Marcus McClinton Bio:*
Born in Chicago, Ill. ... Son of Linda Kaye McClinton ... Major : community
communications and leadership development.
McClinton will serve as the opening act for a concert at Kentucky Horse
Park that features Grammy-nominated R&B singer Mario, R&B singer Bobby V and
hip-hop performer OJ Da Juiceman. McClinton performs regularly at Southside
Pub, and he received the invitation to open the show after a recent audition
in Lexington.But in the meantime, McClinton is also pursuing what he says is
his No. 1 passion: music.
"It's a great opportunity," said McClinton, who played free safety at
Kentucky from 2004 to 2008. "There'll be some big-time managers and
producers there, and hopefully I'll make some big-time contacts and
eventually get signed."
McClinton describes himself as an old-school R&B crooner in the mold of
Teddy Pendergrass and Luther Vandross. He became known for his singing
exploits during his UK football career, and he wrote the popular theme song
*We Believe* that became the rallying cry for the Wildcats during the 2006
and 2007 seasons.
"I try to be a man's man up there," McClinton said. "Some people who sing
are feminine and like to dance all the time. I want my image to be that of a
masculine, sexy man who likes to sing to a woman."
McClinton, 24, signed a free-agent contract with the New England Patriots in
2009, but he was cut before training camp. He spent last season in the new
United Football League with Sacramento and is awaiting Thursday's UFL Draft
to figure out which team he'll be with this season. McClinton said his brief
time with the Patriots was a learning experience.
"It's a job and, basically, you've just got to do something to catch
somebody's eye," McClinton said.
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