By Jen Bakken
DELANO, MN They say things happen in threes, and for Marcus Hanson of Delano, this couldn’t be more true.
In just three short days, Hanson was given three big reasons to smile.
As a boy growing up in Billings, MT, being involved in track and field was a huge part of Hanson’s life.
He was even the 1999 shot put and discus state champion in Montana.
For anyone who knows him, it’s no surprise he is coaching today.
“I just do it because I love it,” said Hanson. “I’m just addicted to it.”
This volunteer track coach cheered on the Delano boys’ track team as it placed second in the Wright County Conference championship May 14.
He is particularly proud of Devin Sowers, who is in his first year of track, and will enter the state competition in the discus throw.
While Hanson was completing his bachelor of music degree in tuba performance, he became interested in choral and a capella music.
He co-founded the a capella group, InPulse, with two college buddies, things took off, and they began a fun but hectic touring schedule.
He began dating his now- wife, Carmen, and he decided to put touring behind him to start a family.
Now, Hanson is the agent and manager for InPulse, which has become a very successful national a capella group.
Just over two years ago, Marcus and Carmen moved to Delano.
The couple was looking for more room, and thought Delano would be a nice place to live and raise children.
Their first son, Lee Kristian Hanson, was born three weeks early May 15, weighing in at 9 lbs. 4 oz.
The day after the birth of his first child, Hanson was competing in the 2009 Sing Minnesota Karaoke championship.
Though his wife couldn’t be there, he had her support, along with the encouragement of many friends who attended the event.
For about three months, he had participated in the contest, making it through the qualifying rounds, elimination, and semi-finals.
On the night of the finals, he sported a black shirt that said, ‘XXL’ on the front, the name of the Keith Anderson song he sang.
On the back of the shirt was the date of his son’s birth and his tiny footprints.
Standing 6 feet 6 inches tall with a low baratone voice, Hanson has a commanding stage presence.
“My wife let me go to the finals,” he laughed, “and since she couldn’t be there, I called my wife when I won, in front of the crowd. I set the phone down and sang George Strait’s ‘I Cross my Heart’ for my encore.”
Hanson won $10,000, and professional studio time to record a demo album, and will be performing during an opening slot at Country Splash Thursday, June 18, and singing the national anthem at the Buffalo Rodeo Saturday, June 20.
“I started singing karaoke to get my fix because I’m not on the road anymore,” he said. “This has been really exciting, with the boys’ track team doing well, winning the contest, but best of all, of course, is becoming a dad.”
For more information about Sing Minnesota, visit www.singminnesota.com.
Videos of Hanson’s performances can be found at www.youtube.com and he has future web sites in the works.
Hanson is proof that good things truly do come in threes.