November 16, 1976|
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Genres||Rock, Christian rock|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano|
|Associated acts||Downhere, Queen|
Marc Martel (born November 16, 1976) is a Canadian Christian rock musician.
Martel was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His parents instilled a love for music in him that followed him throughout his childhood and to Briercrest College and Seminary in Saskatchewan, where he formed the band Downhere with his roommate Jason Germain and a few close friends in 1999. Martel is known for having a striking resemblance and a voice which is similar to the late Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury.
Downhere developed their sound while touring on behalf of Briercrest College. After four years of college, the band relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, where they signed with Word Records. Downhere went on to win multiple Juno Awards, Covenant Awards and a Dove Award. They released 10 albums, including On the Altar of Love, before going on hiatus effective January 1, 2013.
Solo career (2013–present)
In September 2011, Martel entered a competition to join Roger Taylor's (original drummer for the rock band Queen) official Queen tribute project The Queen Extravaganza with a video of Martel singing along with the Queen classic "Somebody to Love". It generated more than one million views on YouTube after being up for only a few days and as of November 2017[update] is at more than 14,000,000 views. This led to an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show a week following the release of the video. Martel went on to be one of the winners of the competition which led to a six-week tour with The Queen Extravaganza in 2012. The Queen Extravaganza had continued to tour with Martel as of November 2015.
Martel released an EP, Prelude, on February 1, 2013 The EP was recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles with producer John Fields. His full-length debut, Impersonator, released on September 30, 2014.
In September 2016, he collaborated on "Last Christmas", featured in the video game, Just Dance 2017. On November 18, 2016 The Silent Night EP, a collection of Christmas songs, was released.
Martel currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Crystal.
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