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K-LOVE CHRISTMAS TOUR! 

I'm very excited to announce that I have been invited to join the K-LOVE Christmas Tour this holiday season alongside Steven Curtis Chapman, Plumb, and We Are Messengers. For those of you who may not know, K-LOVE is a giant radio network simulcasting to over 440 FM stations all over America. This tour will be coming to 19 cities across the United States. On top of that, I will actually get to perform my new Christmas single, “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas,” with the very artist who recorded it with me, Plumb! But, hold on, let's not just glaze over the fact that Steven Curtis Chapman has long been one of my musical heroes, and the chance to tour with the man is definitely one for the bucket list. He's a true original who inspired me as a young singer-songwriter, and helped pave the way for what I get to do today. 

I was all set to join the Jason Gray/Hannah Kerr Christmas Tour (as announced a few weeks ago), but when the opportunity to partner with K-LOVE and perform our upcoming single in such a cool way presented itself, our gracious friends on the Jason Gray team very selflessly encouraged us to take it. 

I'll be playing a bunch of songs from both of my Christmas EPs, along with some collaborations with the other artists on the tour! I hope that many of you can come join us for this special evening! 

Here the full list of shows: 

11.25 Little Rock, AR 
11.26 Wichita, KS 
11.28 San Antonio, TX 
11.29 Baton Rouge, LA 
11.30 Jackson, MS 
12.1 Evansville, IN 
12.2 Oklahoma City, OK 
12.3 Denver, CO 
12.5 Kansas City, MO 
12.6 Milwaukee, WI 
12.7 Pittsburgh, PA 
12.8 Chicago, IL 
12.9 Lexington, KY 
12.10 Indianapolis, IN 
12.13 Jacksonville, FL 
12.14 Charlotte, NC 
12.15 Virginia Beach, VA 
12.16 Philadelphia, PA 
12.17 New York, NY 

You can go to KLOVE.com or MarcMartelMusic.com for tickets and more information!

2 Album Kickstarter Campaign! 

 

There's a time for the road, and a time for recording… 

If you've kept up with me here on social media, you know I've had a busy 2017 so far. I began the year with a 14-show tour with The Black Jacket Symphony. Then in March, a new project called The Ultimate Queen Celebration began, which is picking up steam, and will put me back on the road later this year with more upcoming shows. I’ve also been kept very busy with various side projects doing vocals for theme songs, commercials, video games - you name it. Not to mention, some great weekend outings with The Downtown Band. Lots going on! 

But touring and performing is only half of what I do. I love recording and creating music and videos as much as I enjoy playing live, and it's an essential part of my life as a musician.  

Ever since I first heard about crowd funding, I've been intrigued by how it could help me accomplish what I’m passionate about. In the old days, my record label would front the costs of making albums. These budgets ran anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000+. Basically, there were huge amounts of debt to be paid back to the label through record sales before anyone saw any profit. I'll let you in on a little secret: only 1 or 2 of the dozen albums I've made in my life have earned back what it cost to make them. And that is typical of most artists! I know. CRAZY. Something you may not know about me is I detest the idea of debt. My wife, Crystal, and I live by the simple rule of not buying things we can't afford. And since we made the decision last year with my management to remain completely indie, crowd funding has become my new lifeline to getting new music out to you.  

That’s where my Kickstarter campaign, launching today, comes in. For those who don’t know, Kickstarter.com is a website that enables creatives, artists, inventors, etc., to raise the money necessary to create and manufacture their product at the level of excellence they dream about. The way Kickstarter does this is by essentially allowing you to purchase ahead of time (or pledge) different packages that I’m offering, so that by the time I’m done recording, the album is already paid for. And that is HUGE!  

This summer, I am recording two EPs. One is a collection of cover songs that are meaningful to me. Many of you have been asking for this for nearly 2 years, so I’m very excited to finally set aside the time needed to do it. The second is a Christmas EP, to follow up on the success of last year’s The Silent Night EP. We had some unexpected success at radio with “What Child Is This? featuring Ron Block” last Christmas, so we think it makes a lot of sense to do more Christmas music… which I love. Win-win! 

In supporting me in this project, not only do you make it possible for me to hire super-talented people to create the music with me, but you also get to come along for the ride. I'll be giving you regular updates along the way; sneak peaks into how the music is coming together. It really is fun to see behind-the-scenes into how music takes form. It is to me, anyway! I'll introduce you my producer(s), some of the instrumentalists, and show you footage from the vocal booth, the studio control room, etc. I may even throw in some recommendations on where to eat in Nashville on a studio lunch break. Who knows! 

Ok, so here’s the ask. After carefully creating a budget, we’ve decided that $20,000 is the perfect amount to create these two albums. That may sound like a suspiciously round number, so here’s a quick breakdown of where the money goes: 

• paying the producers - $12,000 
• paying additional instrumentalists - $2000 
• mixing and mastering - $2000 
• CD manufacturing - $2000 
• artwork and video creation - $1500 
• promotion and advertising - $500 

As you can see, recording music and getting it out to people is not cheap. But I really believe that together, we can do this.  

Through this 35-day campaign, you will will be giving me the freedom to put aside the time required to dive into the creative process over the next two months and put out some really great music on the other side of it. It will also give my team the tools needed to pull together the all-important logistics of making people aware of the new music.  

But maybe most of all, I cannot wait to get back into the booth and sing my guts out like never before. I've grown so much as a singer over the last couple years, and I'm excited to try some new vocal sounds and styles on a few choice covers, and of course more Christmas music. 

Please join me in making this music by pledging to my campaign today. Check out my Kickstarter page here. Have a look at the packages I’m offering, and pick the one you want! 

Thank you so much for your ongoing support and belief in what I do. See you in the studio! 

Marc 

To help me make these two albums please click the link below! 
http://tinyurl.com/yco5d2hm

Franklin, TN show announced with Gray Havens and Andrew Peterson 



I'll be performing a couple of songs along with The Gray Havens, and my friend Andrew Peterson, May 19 at Little Brick Theater (located in The Factory in Franklin, TN).  

This will be my first time performing in Nashville in quite a while!  

Showtime is 7pm. 

For Tickets:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-gray-havens-and-friends-tickets-33233152253

Spring Tour with Black Jacket Symphony! 


I mentioned a few days back that I had lots of new things in the works for 2017, and here’s the first! The Black Jacket Symphony is a band based in Birmingham, Alabama that specializes in performing classic albums in their entirety. To name a few, they have recently performed Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side Of The Moon,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours,” David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust”, and The Beatles’ “Abbey Road.” The band is composed of a core of incredible musicians, and hires out a specialized lead singer for each tour. 

Last April, they reached out to me — out of the blue — and asked if I’d be interested in fronting their upcoming “A Night At The Opera” tour. Well, if I specialize in anything, it’s performing “A Night At The Opera!” So, it’s with great pleasure that I’m announcing that for the next three months, you can catch me doing that thing I do with The Black Jacket Symphony on this limited run tour in the Southeastern USA.   

For those of you here in the South chomping at the bit to see The Queen Extravaganza again, this should provide a wonderful little respite from the long wait, while we get ready for our North American return in the near future! Should be a fantastic show, so check out www.blackjacketsymphony.com for details, and to see some of the stuff they’ve done in the past.  

Here is the full list of where the tour will be playing: 

Jan 13 - Bama Theatre - Tuscaloosa, AL 
Jan 14 - Charleston Music Hall - Charleston, SC 
Jan 27 - Lexington Opera House - Lexington, KY 
Jan 28 - Paramount Bristol - Bristol, TN 
Feb 3 - Tennessee Theatre - Knoxville, TN 
Feb 18 - Montgomery Performing Arts Center - Montgomery, AL 
Feb 23 - Tivoli Theatre - Chattanooga, TN 
Feb 24 - Tivoli Theatre - Chattanooga, TN 
Feb 25 - Von Braun Center Concert Hall - Huntsville, AL (5pm show) 
Feb 25 - Von Braun Center Concert Hall - Huntsville, AL (9pm show) 
Mar 3 -The Alabama Theatre - Birmingham, AL 
Mar 4 - Saenger Theatre - Mobile, AL 
Mar 10 - Historic Talladega Ritz Theatre - Talladega, AL 
Mar 11 - Historic Talladega Ritz Theatre - Talladega, AL 

You can go to MarcMartelMusic.com or BlackJacketSymphony.com for more info and to buy tickets!

“O Come, Emmanuel” Music Video! 

Story Behind The Song:   “O Come, Emmanuel” 

Why just “O Come, Emmanuel,” and not “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel?” Because! Pretty much, that’s why. And I’ve again taken some liberties with the tune, so I saw it fitting to slightly alter its title. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite Christmas carol. But, depending on the day and what I had for second breakfast, I might say this is my favorite. 

Much like “In The Bleak Midwinter,” it conveys the passage of time, the melancholy, and the desperation Jesus was born into. But what sets this one apart is its triumphant undercurrent. The momentary major lift, and immediate return to a minor chord of the chorus lyric, “Rejoice! Rejoice!” so beautifully captures the human condition, and the hope so many of us find in the Christmas story. Amazing, that single repetition of a word set to contrasting chords, as if to say, “Yes, life is beautiful!” and at the same time, “Yes, life is very hard!” I believe every one of us can relate on a very intimate level to Israel’s proverbial wandering and impatient waiting. For me, the answer to that longing, that almost intangible need, begins with the story of Christ’s birth. 

Like most of you who are married, I use different words to refer to my wife besides her first name - sometimes she’s my bride, other times my companion, the future mother of my children, my encourager, my biggest fan, and even my Queen! But the truth is, she’s all that wrapped into one. For the same reason, each of the verses of this carol uses a different name for Christ: Emmanuel, Root of Jesse, Dayspring, Key of David, and so on - and each name opens up a Pandora’s Box of meaning. Instead of doing all eight verses, I relied again on my trick of letting the bridge fill in the gaps. But certainly the most meaningful of these is Emmanuel, which means “God with us.” 

Speaking of my wife, she did an incredible job in her directorial debut on the video for this song. We found an old church in the Mississippi Delta last summer to shoot it in, just the two of us. 

You can pre-order "The Silent Night EP" at: 
MarcMartelMusic.com

Just Dance 2017 



One of the first artist voices I can remember being drawn to is that of George Michael. I would have been seven years old when I first heard “One More Try” on the radio, and vowing that I was going to figure out how to sing like that. Then he released “Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1,” and I devoured it. Fast-forward twenty-seven years, when the Ubisoft team approached me to sing Wham!’s classic “Last Christmas” for their hit game “Just Dance 2017.” I was like, “YES, PLEASE!” 

The goal, of course, was to create a track that sounds as close to the original as humanly possible. I’m much more familiar with George’s later catalogue, so it was a challenge to sound like a younger Wham!-era George — forcing me to sing more softly and lightly than I would for, say, “One More Try.” I had to avoid putting in too much of the throaty weight that I associate with his iconic tone. So here is the finished product, in all its mimicking glory. This is as close as my voice gets to early George Michael, and I hope at least a few people who buy “Just Dance 2017” won’t notice that this is actually a cover! 

Thanks to Steve Ouimette for building an incredible track for me to sing over, and paying attention to every detail. Thanks again to the Ubisoft team for the chance to do this. And thank you, Mr. Michael’s record label, for not licensing this song, thereby giving me the chance to work on this fun project! 

The game is out on October 25 in North/South/Central America, and October 27 in Europe/Middle East, October 28 in the UK.
 

Winter/Spring Tour with Black Jacket Symphony performing "A Night At The Opera" 



I am really excited to announce that I will be teaming up with the Black Jacket Symphony to perform Queen's "A Night At The Opera" in it's entirety this Winter/Spring starting in January. 

The night will include a bunch of Queen's greatest hits as well. 

The shows will be all over the Southeastern U.S., and we will be announcing dates one at a time, so make sure to keep checking back here over the next few months as every week or so we will be announcing the next concert city! 

Today we are excited to announce the first show:  

Tivoli Theater in Chattanooga, TN 
Friday, Feb 24, 2017 
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PRESALE ALERT: Today only, get your tickets to The Black Jacket Symphony's featuring Marc Martel performance of Queen's "A Night At The Opera" live at the Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga, TN on Friday, February 24th. Click the link below and enter the code "QUEEN".  

This show will sell out fast so get yours today!! 

Tickets: http://bit.ly/2cxchfN

25 Artist Agency booking partnership  



If you've checked out a few of my videos, you probably know that I’m a fan of many different music genres. I’m now in a season of my career where I want to be performing all of these styles. Rock, pop, soul, gospel, crooner, singer-songwriter, and yes, even a little country. (Sorry rap fans - but trust me, ain’t nobody wanna hear that.) 

So in the next few years, we want to branch out and play all types of venues. Whether it’s theaters, clubs, arenas, symphony halls, or churches, we need the expertise of a seasoned team who know what they’re doing when it comes to booking shows. 

With so many of you asking about where to see us live, I’m happy to announce my new partnership with Nashville-based 25 Artist Agency! “25” books an incredibly talented roster of artists, and I’m so honored to be a part of their team. They’ve quickly caught my vision for performing and touring, and with their new energy and dedication, I’ll be performing a ton of new shows in the US and beyond - wherever people will invite us to play. 

David Breen is the head of 25, and his many years of experience mean more opportunities for you to catch a live show. Here’s some kind words he had to say about our new partnership: 

“Marc Martel is a one of a kind artist and performer.  Over the years, I have seen Marc perform live in various settings and  each time I am reminded just how powerful and moving his voice is.” 

If you are interested in inquiring about my availability for a potential show you can reach them at:  www.25ccm.com

So here’s to the near future, and seeing you soon at a show near you. 

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