Hark!

Marc Martel

Right on schedule for the holidays, Marc Martel delivers his freshest collection of Christmas and holiday songs, the Hark! EP, to add to his expanding yuletide music collection. More than ever before, Martel leans into collaborations with talented artists on this latest six-track EP. Leigh Nash, of Sixpence None The Richer, guitarists Joe

Right on schedule for the holidays, Marc Martel delivers his freshest collection of Christmas and holiday songs, the Hark! EP, to add to his expanding yuletide music collection. More than ever before, Martel leans into collaborations with talented artists on this latest six-track EP. Leigh Nash, of Sixpence None The Richer, guitarists Joe Bonamassa and Jarad James Nichols, as well as Journey frontman, Arnel Pineda, all lend their unique voices and instrumental stylings to making the Hark! EP Martel’s most eclectic and exciting Christmas offering yet.

The album kicks off with a moving duet with Leigh Nash, who topped the charts in 1998 with her band’s song “Kiss Me,” on Chris Rice’s “Welcome To Our World.” The blend of Nash and Martel’s vocals on this moving track, wrapped in all the Christmassy bells and whistles (and children’s choir!), and produced by Jordan Wiberg, takes this beloved modern hymn to new heights, incorporating big production and a chorus of “Gloria, in excelsis deo!” “Welcome To Our World feat. Leigh Nash” will also be served to Christian Radio for the 2021 Christmas season.

British producer, Warren Huart (The Fray, Aerosmith, Ace Frehley), takes on three of Hark!’s tracks, giving the EP an earthier feel than than we’ve heard from Martel as of late. On “Blue Christmas,” Joe Bonamassa, one the world’s foremost blues artists, stamps his masterful sound over Martel’s intricate vocal arrangement. The track harkens just enough to the familiar Elvis version, but gushes plenty with unique flare to set it apart. Up and coming blues/rock artist, Jarad James Nichols makes a commanding appearance on the Satchmo favorite, “‘Zat You, Santa Claus?” which, it’s safe to say, could be the standout of the Hark! EP. With a grinchesque feel, Martel and Nichols put their own spin on this lighthearted, very fun track, gushing with personality and featuring not only Nichols’ unique guitar skills, but full band and horn section. Huart’s producing contribution rounds out with a duet with Arnel Pineda, who rocketed to fame by becoming the new frontman for the legendary rock band, Journey. Martel and Pineda take turns shining and harmonizing on Wham!’s signature Christmas classic, “Last Christmas.” The 80s schmaltz of the original is totally reimagined on a foundation of real instruments, along with a haunting string arrangement. And finally, the world gets to hear what Freddie Mercury and Steve Perry might have sounded like on a duet!

For the final two tracks, Martel mounts his own self-productions of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and the romantic post-Christmas “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” Martel’s much softer, cozier performances on these brings an artful balance of atmosphere to the EP, and do well at anchoring the Hark! EP into his previous repertoire of holiday recordings.

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Hark! + The Christmas Collection

Marc Martel

2 physical Cds in this special Christmas bundle!

When you purchase The Christmas Collection, we will be throwing in a copy of the newest album, "Hark!" for FREE!

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Forte

Marc Martel and Jonathan Cilia Faro

Marc Martel keeps you guessing at what he might take on next with his latest, Forte, a duets album with Italian opera singer Jonathan Cilia Faro. The five-track EP is a pop/classical crossover project aiming for a broader international audience than his already large Queen fanbase, showcasing a mix of styles and languages. Indeed five different

Marc Martel keeps you guessing at what he might take on next with his latest, Forte, a duets album with Italian opera singer Jonathan Cilia Faro. The five-track EP is a pop/classical crossover project aiming for a broader international audience than his already large Queen fanbase, showcasing a mix of styles and languages. Indeed five different languages are employed throughout the album, including English, Italian, French, Spanish and German. Martel, having dipped a toe in opera a few years ago with his viral video “The Mercurotti” (in which he shaved one side of his beard and performed the Puccini aria “Nessun Dorma” while emulating two of his favorite singers: Freddie Mercury and Luciano Pavarotti), is no stranger to singing in languages other than his native tongue. Not not to mention, he is already bilingual, having grown up in Québec.

The title, Forte, is a nod to the collaboration between the two artists, bringing their respective strengths to the project, leaning on one another’s expertise in very different musical worlds. “I’ve always wanted to do a version of “Barcelona,” but didn’t know anyone who could do justice to what Monserrat Caballé sang opposite Freddie Mercury. Jonathan’s classical training enables him to take on that challenge with a lot of grace. Never mind the huge undertaking of the orchestration, which also gave me the chance to enlist the incredible talents of David Hamilton, who I’ve wanted to team up with ever since meeting him as Michael W. Smith’s band leader on our 2019 Christmas tour.”

The project has given both artists the ability to record songs not possible on their own. Much like “Barcelona,” the international juggernaut “Miserere,” (which ignited Andrea Bocelli’s explosion onto the scene in the early 90s) was also written specifically for two styles of singing: opera and rock. “These massive songs that I’ve loved for so long are now possible to record and perform, with Marc’s help,” says Faro.

Queen fans will rejoice that of Forte’s five tracks, two are plucked from Freddie Mercury’s repertoire, including Brian May’s heart wrenching “Too Much Love Will Kill You.” And more traditional-minded music lovers will delight in Martel and Faro’s more impassioned version of “Nessun Dorma” in which Martel sings for the first time in German.

The track list ties up with a tribute to the strong women in Martel and Faro’s lives. “Non, je ne regrette rien,” (“No, I do not regret anything”) originally recorded by Edith Piaf, one of the very musical pillars of French culture.

Track Listing:

  1. Miserere
  2. Barcelona
  3. Non, rien de rien
  4. Too Much Love Will Kill You
  5. Nessun Dorma
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Thank God It's Christmas

Marc Martel

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On his mission to dethrone Michael Bublé as “Mr. Christmas,” Marc Martel once again adorns our holiday playlists with his newest release, Thank God It’s Christmas! The 6 song EP beautifully showcases his ever deepening repertoire of Christmas favorites, and his ever growing mastery of the genre. The album’s title itself expresses the universal

On his mission to dethrone Michael Bublé as “Mr. Christmas,” Marc Martel once again adorns our holiday playlists with his newest release, Thank God It’s Christmas! The 6 song EP beautifully showcases his ever deepening repertoire of Christmas favorites, and his ever growing mastery of the genre. The album’s title itself expresses the universal jubilant relief of arriving at everyone’s favorite time of year (this year, possibly more than ever), by adding an exclamation mark to the title track “Thank God It’s Christmas,” the rock band Queen’s one and only Christmas offering. Martel’s vast fanbase of Queen aficionados will undoubtedly be thrilled at long last to dive into this emphatically gospel-infused reimagining, which comes off arguably more fitting than the early-80s synth laden original recording.

The crown jewel of this new collection is easily “The Christmas Waltz,” Martel’s repeat team-up with Amy Grant, after the duo secured the #1 spot at AC radio last year with “Silver Bells,” on which Michael W. Smith also appears. The track is a wonderfully executed throwback to the cozy, orchestral Sinatra/Crosby/Williams era, produced and orchestrated by Nashville based up-and-comer, Cody Fry. The track continues further into traditional sentimental territory with a light-hearted ukulele driven version of the Drifter’s iconic “White Christmas,” and cinematic versions of the heart string tuggers, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” and “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day.” The one real surprise is the inclusion of a cover of Lauren Daigle’s much more recent debut smash “Light Of The World,” to which Martel’s powerhouse vocals are perfectly suited to.

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The Christmas Collection

Marc Martel

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Marc Martel, an artist who has fostered a steadily increasing presence in the realm of holiday music, has released his latest offering of Christmas favorites. An album four years in the making, The Christmas Collection features an all-star cast of collaborators (Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Jason Gray, Buddy Greene, Plumb, Scott Mulvahill, and Ron

Marc Martel, an artist who has fostered a steadily increasing presence in the realm of holiday music, has released his latest offering of Christmas favorites. An album four years in the making, The Christmas Collection features an all-star cast of collaborators (Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Jason Gray, Buddy Greene, Plumb, Scott Mulvahill, and Ron Block of Alison Krauss & Union Station), some of whom have graced the top of the Christmas charts on multiple occasions themselves.

This 21-track project includes Martel’s four AC Billboard Top 10s: “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas”, “What Child Is This?”, “O Come, All Ye Faithful”, along with his majestic rendition of “The First Noel.” And brand new for Christmas 2019, Martel has teamed up with two of his own music heroes, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, for a fresh take on “Silver Bells.” The rest of this comprehensive mix of sentimental classics and yuletide hymns beckons the listener on an expertly-paced journey from cozy fireside, to lively annual get-togethers, to the quiet hillsides of Bethlehem, covering an extremely satisfying gamut of all that is the most wonderful time of the year.

Track Listing:

  1. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (feat. Plumb)
  2. Silver Bells (feat. Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith) 3. The Christmas Song (feat. Scott Mullvahill)
  3. All I Want For Christmas Is You 5. Christmastime Is Here 6. O Come All Ye Faithful (feat. Jason Gray)
  4. What Child Is This? (feat. Ron Block of Alison Krauss & Union Station)
  5. Mary, Did You Know? (feat. Buddy Greene)
  6. Ave Maria 10. The First Noel 11. How Many Kings (feat. Downhere) 12. Little Drummer Boy 13. The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s “Messiah”
  7. Noisy Day 15. Silent Night 16. In The Bleak Midwinter 17. O Little Town of Bethlehem 18. O Come, Emmanuel 19. O Holy Night
  8. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  9. How Many Kings (Reboot)
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A One Take Rhapsody

Marc Martel

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In 2011 a video Marc Martel created as an audition for Roger Taylor’s own Queen tribute act caught the world by surprise, and made him a viral household sensation. The short two-minute raw performance, seen by over 21 million on YouTube, was enough to thrust him onto the world stage, earning him not only the lead vocalist spot for the official

In 2011 a video Marc Martel created as an audition for Roger Taylor’s own Queen tribute act caught the world by surprise, and made him a viral household sensation. The short two-minute raw performance, seen by over 21 million on YouTube, was enough to thrust him onto the world stage, earning him not only the lead vocalist spot for the official Queen tribute show for 5 years, but also brought invitations to perform on the Ellen Degeneres Show, American Idol, at Abbey Road, national television commercials, video games, and appearances with the Boston Pops Symphony Orchestra.

Although Martel’s vocal prowess first made news nearly a decade ago, his worldwide audience, video views, and fanbase numbers have exploded, since Queen’s resurgence from the biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody." Martel has performed for hundreds of thousands of people over the last 9 years, and has played in over 35 countries, across 5 continents. In late 2018, he uploaded another raw performance of a Queen song, the behemoth “Bohemian Rhapsody,” only this time in its entirety, with the added challenge of accompanying himself on piano. The video was originally titled “Bohemian Rhapsody - One Take” to highlight the lack of any video edits, and the sheer feat of skill and will-power required to perform the song all the way through without egregious errors. To his own surprise, the video quickly outperformed his first viral video, now having earned over 37M visits just on YouTube. “What a wild ride it has been over the last few years. Who would have thought that a simple video created in my home studio all those years ago, would have led to millions of people around the world asking me to perform Queen’s music”, muses Martel as he describes the shock he experienced when his second video blew up, earning him accolades on an ever broader spectrum, including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, and even CNN.

Since then, Martel has followed up “BoRap” with a slew of other Queen hits like “Killer Queen,” “I Want To Break Free,” and the aching ballad Mercury penned for his partner, Mary Austin, “Love Of My Life,” all with the “One Take” formula. All told, the view count of this series of raw Queen song performances has reached over 74M.

Martel is now offering A One-Take Rhapsody as a one-stop collection of the audio taken from all of his “one take” Queen performances, mixed and mastered for audio-only consumption. The songs were selected not just based on their popularity among Queen fans, but each song’s ability to translate well in a stripped-down, acoustic setting. A big Queen fan himself, Martel hopes that people will discover some of the band’s lesser-known material through his own interpretation of the music, such as the gorgeously haunting “You Take My Breath Away.”

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Live At The High Watt

Marc Martel

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This album was recorded live at the High Watt in Nashville, TN on March 28th, 2016

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