De'Marco Antjuan Fomby, a.k.a. "Marco", is a native of Anniston, Alabama but spent most of his teenage years in the Jackson, Mississippi area. Growing up under the tutelage and philosophy of his father, international speaker and presenter Marc Fomby, De'Marco had the opportunity to accompany and/or fill in for his father at a very young age. While filling in for his father at an event, he was asked his personal views on his father's "Message in the Music" presentation. Once the 16 year old De'Marco began to speak, he began to find his own voice and leave his mark on all who would listen.
"She said to me, "You know, you're doing a great job, but you sound exactly like your dad.... How do you feel about it, honestly?" ... At that moment she gave me permission to speak from my heart and be an individual, and not just a carbon copy of what I was EXPECTED to be."
With a background as a camp counselor and youth mentor, De'Marco spent the majority of his teenage years working with children of all different ages and backgrounds. With a deep passion for music, sports, art, food, and Disney movies, De'Marco's ability to connect with teens on their level is something that allows him to appeal to a variety of audiences.
" I'm literally the BIGGEST KID you'll ever meet!" Hakuna Matata... It means no worries...
- Lion King
De'Marco spent his collegiate career chasing his
passion for music by joining bands, vocal
ensembles, learning how to play multiple
instruments, and performing in show choir. These things prepared De'Marco with the technical tools of stage presence, inflection, and projection, but most importantly with the understanding that music has the ability to penetrate people's hearts and speak to them in ways a normal conversation cannot.
Professionally, De'Marco has served the last 12 years as a junior consultant for FTC Prevention Services , The Youth Outreach Specialist for SAFE KIDS Mississippi, and as the Youth Programs Coordinator for The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi. In these roles De'Marco has worked with middle schools, high schools, and colleges all across the country developing presentations, coordinating conferences, and implementing programs and prevention strategies ranging from Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug prevention, to Youth Highway Safety, Juvenile Justice, Bullying, and Leadership.
" I love the strength and versatility of music. It can speak to you and for you... Transport you somewhere far away but allow you to deal with yourself and others right where you are, all at the same time."
With De'Marco's personal plethora of gifts and talents he's able to introduce the opportunity for youth to examine themselves, unlock their own gifts and talents, and embrace the philosophy of P.L.A.Y.
( Positive Leadership Among Youth ) .
Gandhi said, " Be the change you want to see. " So, De'Marco motivates and inspires teens to do exactly that, but reminding them that it doesn't and will not look the same from everyone. He wants them to be able to leave their own PERSONAL stamp on this world, and by doing so, their peers are inspired and empowered to do the same. De'Marco says there's nothing more dangerous than a passionate teenager, because when they are PASSIONATE, there's nothing they can't do! "When they get passionate about the way things are going in the world, they'll change it. They just need the wisdom, expierence, and most importantly the support and belief of the elder generation to steer them in the right direction."
De'Marco firmly believes that the youth of today can change the temperature of the world around them. Everyone doesn't have to sing, dance, act, play instruments or sports. Things like compassion, integrity, humility, honesty, and an uncompromising spirit are all gifts that should be utilized to their full potential. In the words of The Beatles...
"All you need is love... LOVE is all you need!"
" In All You Do... Make Them Remember You "