Stuart Markus' original music can be called acoustic rock, folk-rock, adult album alternative or modern folk. His songs include straight-up, four-beat rockers and melodic ballads.
He's been compared to James Taylor by many, but his influences include Simon & Garfunkel, the Beatles, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne, Billy Joel, traditional sea chanteys and grunge rock. Artists as diverse as Jethro Tull, Dire Straits, and Ani DiFranko have had elements of their style show up in Stuart's songs; "If I find it interesting, it'll find its way into my music," he says.
Stuart works in pop song structures, making the music easy for the listener to grasp onto, yet his musical training brings a richness that stretches beyond
typical 3- or 4-song pop. Lyrically, Stuart uses personal experience and observation to tap into universal feelings and thoughts. Concise lines and concrete imagery about specific situations still frequently evoke reactions of "That could've been written about me" or "I've definitely been there."
His lyrics range from dark to hopeful, romantic to bizarre, angry to
twisted, taking the listener through a wide range of emotions and stories over the course of a concert or an album.