Marc Costanzo

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Marc Costanzo
Born (1972-08-01) August 1, 1972 (age 47)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Record producer
  • artist
  • musician
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1991–present
Labels
Associated actsSum 41, Len

Marc Costanzo (born August 1, 1972) is a record producer, artist, musician and songwriter from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Costanzo is also the lead vocalist of the pop band Len, of which his older sister Sharon is also a member.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Montreal, Costanzo relocated with his family to Toronto in the early 1990s. [3] He is of half Italian descent and half British descent.

Career[edit]

Costanzo and his sister formed the pop duo Len in the early 1990s, and, with various touring and studio musicians, released several albums and singles over the next few years.[4] The band's third album, You Can't Stop the Bum Rush,was more hip-hop oriented, and Costanzo toured using the stage name Burger Pimp.[5][6] . Costanzo wrote several hits over the years, including "Steal My Sunshine", which Costanzo also produced and which contains samples of More, More, More by Andrea True. Released as a single, "Steal My Sunshine" became an international hit[7][8] and was nominated for a Juno Award in 2000.[9]

Costanzo served as Senior Creative at EMI Music Publishing and signed a number of multi-platinum acts and writers, including Deryck Whibley from Sum 41[10][11] and Junior Sanchez.

Costanzo has won several awards, including three MMVA awards as a Music video director, two as an artist, a Billboard Music Award, and several ASCAP awards as a songwriter. He was a co-composer of the song "Reckless", which won the 2007 International Songwriting Competition.[12]

In 2012 Costanzo appeared in the last Len video, "It's My Neighbourhood", featuring scenes of Toronto.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "LEN". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  2. ^ Carrie Bell. "The Modern Age" - Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.; 13 November 1999. ISSN 0006-2510. p. 97.
  3. ^ "Remember Len? One-hit wonder Toronto band is back with new music". Toronto Star, By Laura Kane, Oct. 23, 2012
  4. ^ " Behind The Music: Steal My Sunshine”. Stereogum, Peter Helman | May 19, 2016
  5. ^ "The Crew's All Here". By Richard Harrington, Washington Post, October 11, 1999; Page C01
  6. ^ "Len Bumrush The Sound". Exclaim!, By Thomas Quinlan. Feb 01, 2000
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2010). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 9th Edition: Complete Chart Information about America's Most Popular Songs and Artists, 1955-2009. Random House Digital, Inc. p. 376. ISBN 978-0-8230-8554-5. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  8. ^ "Tax man steals this musician's sunshine for good reasons". Financial Post, Jamie Golombek, May 12, 2017
  9. ^ "Rocking Good News". Macleans Magazine, page 64. Nicholas Jennings, March 13 2000
  10. ^ LeBlanc, Larry (29 January 2000). "EMI Publishing Canada shines on". Billboard. p. 66. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  11. ^ "CanCon Rules Put a Lot of Weird Teens on Television in the 90s"}. Vice, by Sarah Berman, Apr 12 2016
  12. ^ "Cancon shines at International Songwriting Competition". CBC Arts News, Mar 29, 2007
  13. ^ Steve Kupferman. "Len, a Neglected Local One-Hit Wonder, Releases a New Toronto-Centric Music Video". Torontoist, October 16, 2012