Marcel (singer)

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Birth name Marcel Francois Chagnon
Born (1975-02-09) February 9, 1975 (age 39)[1]
Origin Grosse Pointe, Michigan, USA[2]
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, music video director
Instruments Vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
Years active 2003-present
Labels Mercury Nashville, Lyric Street, Red Stripe Plane
Associated acts Jessica Andrews
Josh Gracin
Clay Walker
Anthony Smith
The Grascals

Marcel Francois Chagnon (born February 9, 1975), known professionally as Marcel, is an American country music singer, songwriter, and music video director. Signed to Mercury Nashville Records in 2003, he released his debut album You, Me, and the Windshield that year and charted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts with the single "Country Rock Star". Five years later, he signed to Lyric Street Records and released the single "I Love This Song", which has also charted. In addition, he has written two singles for Josh Gracin and two for his wife, Jessica Andrews.


Born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, Marcel was a professional hockey player until signing with Mercury Nashville Records in 2002.[2][3] For four years prior to this, while waiting for an opportunity, he sang at clubs, bars, and waited tables for extra money.

In 2003, he released his debut album You, Me and the Windshield.[3] The tracks "Country Rock Star" and "Tennessee" from this album were released as singles. After this he returned to writing songs for other artists.

Marcel has co-written two of Josh Gracin's singles: "Nothin' to Lose", which previously appeared on You, Me and the Windshield, and "Favorite State of Mind". Jessica Andrews also released two of his songs as singles: "There's More to Me Than You" and "Everything". Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, and Big & Rich have also recorded his songs.[2]

In 2008, Marcel signed to Lyric Street Records, releasing his third single, "I Love This Song" that year.[2] When the song failed to reach Top 40, he exited the Lyric Street's roster. In February 2009, he signed to the Red Stripe Plane label. He had a cameo in Hannah Montana: The Movie, playing guitar in Billy Ray Cyrus' band. He is also shown in Cyrus' video for "Back to Tennessee".

On February 17, 2009, Marcel released his fourth single, "Believin'", which is also the title track to his second album. The album was released on the Red Stripe Plane label, but neither the album or single charted on any Billboard chart. In June 2010, Marcel released a new single titled "It's Summertime." Later in the year, Marcel began directing music videos for other artists. Marcel and Andrews became engaged in October 2010 and were married on November 11, 2011.[4]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions
US Country
You, Me and the Windshield 48
  • Release date: January 28, 2009
  • Label: Red Stripe Plane
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
2002 "Country Rock Star" 46 You, Me and the Windshield
2003 "Tennessee"
2008 "I Love This Song" 52 N/A
2009 "Believin'" Believin'
2010 "It's Summertime" N/A
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2003 "Tennessee" Shaun Silva
2008 "I Love This Song" Chris Hicky
2009 "Believin'" Marcel

Music videos directed[edit]

21 music videos are currently listed here.

Year Video Artist
2009 "Believin'"[5] Marcel
2010 "She Won't Be Lonely Long"[6] Clay Walker
"Love Is Love Is Love"[7] Anthony Smith
"Last Train to Clarksville"[8] The Grascals
"You Take Yourself with You"[9] Bo Bice
"Tell Me You Get Lonely"[10] Frankie Ballard
2011 "Didn't I"[11] James Wesley
"Hunt You Down"[12] JT Hodges
"Old School"[13] Chuck Wicks
"Lucky Guy"[14] Mockingbird Sun
"Got My Country On"[15] Chris Cagle
"I'll Be Home for Christmas"[16] Craig Campbell
2012 "A-OK"[17] Neal McCoy
"Somethin' 'bout a Sunday"[18] Ira Dean
"Sweet Southern Song"[19] Ali Dee
"Those Jeans" Ray Scott
"On the Outskirts of Town"[20] The Time Jumpers
2013 "Salt Life"[21] Chuck Wicks
2014 "Every Time It Rains"[22] James House
"Shut Me Up"[23] Old Dominion
"Roll All Night"[24] Whitney Duncan


  1. ^ Hockey statistics
  2. ^ a b c d "Marcel biography". Great American Country. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  3. ^ a b Kergan, Wade. "Marcel biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  4. ^ story on 2011 weddings
  5. ^ "CMT : Videos : Marcel : Believin'". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  6. ^ "CMT : Videos : Clay Walker : She Won't Be Lonely Long". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  7. ^ "CMT : Videos : Anthony Smith : Love Is Love Is Love". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  8. ^ "CMT : Videos : The Grascals : Last Train to Clarksville". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  9. ^ "CMT : Videos : Bo Bice : You Take Yourself With You". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  10. ^ "CMT : Videos : Frankie Ballard : Tell Me You Get Lonely". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  11. ^ "CMT : Videos : James Wesley : Didn't I". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  12. ^ "CMT : Videos : JT Hodges : Hunt You Down". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  13. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chuck Wicks : Old School". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  14. ^ "CMT : Videos : Mockingbird Sun : Lucky Guy". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  15. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chris Cagle : Got My Country On". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  16. ^ "CMT : Videos : Craig Campbell : I'll Be Home for Christmas". Country Music Television. Retrieved December 4, 2011. 
  17. ^ "CMT : Videos : Neal McCoy : A-OK". Country Music Television. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  18. ^ "CMT : Videos : Ira Dean : Somethin' Bout a Sunday". Country Music Television. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  19. ^ "CMT : Videos : Ali Dee : Sweet Southern Song". Country Music Television. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  20. ^ Wyland, Sarah (October 10, 2012). "Chyler Leigh Stars In The Time Jumper’s New Video". Great American Country. Retrieved October 23, 2012. 
  21. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chuck Wicks : Salt Life". Country Music Television. Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  22. ^ "CMT : Videos : James House : Every Time It Rains". Country Music Television. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  23. ^ "CMT : Videos : Old Dominion : Shut Me Up". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  24. ^ "CMT : Videos : Whitney Duncan : Roll All Night". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 

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