“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. 

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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 

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!! 


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:

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

More great news just came in!  

I'm doing an interview with PeopleNow and playing a few songs LIVE on, Monday morning at 8:30 ET.

Live at the High Watt digital album goes on Pre-Sale! 


In light of so many people sharing my Queen Extravaganza audition video for nearly 9 MILLION new views in the last few days, we’ve been working feverishly to get some new music to your ears. I’m ecstatic to announce that my new album “LIVE AT THE HIGH WATT” is now up for pre-sale on my website.  

This album was recorded live on March 28th of this year in Nashville at a club called the High Watt. It not only includes selections from my album “Impersonator,” but also features two covers: Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.” Be the first to get it when it releases June 17th! 

Pre-Buy now early for this June 17th release by going to:

The Queen Extravaganza - A Night At The Opera UK Tour 2016 Dates Announced! 

Big news for the Fall! What can I say? The UK hearts QE! We are returning this Autumn with a new show featuring "A Night At The Opera" along with some greatest hits selections. Put it on your books, Brits! Can't wait to see you there! 

The Queen Extravaganza - A Night At The Opera UK Tour 2016 Dates: 

Friday 28 October - PLYMOUTH Pavilions 
Saturday 29 October - SALISBURY City Hall 
Monday 31 October - READING Hexagon 
Tuesday 1 November - CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange 
Wednesday 2 November - LEICESTER DMH 
Friday 4 November - NEWCASTLE City Hall 
Saturday 5 November - GLASGOW Clyde 
Sunday 6 November - LIVERPOOL Empire 
Tuesday 8 November - MANCHESTER Apollo 
Wednesday 9 November - SHEFFIELD City Hall 
Thursday 10 November - YORK Barbican 
Saturday 12 November - CARDIFF St David’s Hall 
Sunday 13 November - AYLESBURY Waterside Theatre 
Monday 14 November - PORTSMOUTH Guildhall 
Wednesday 16 November - STOKE Victoria Hall 
Friday 18 November - LLANDUDNO Venue Cymru 
Saturday 19 November - BIRMINGHAM TSH 
Sunday 20 November - LONDON Eventim Apollo 

Tickets go on general sale April 29th 2016 @

Behind The Scenes from the newest photoshoot 

Excited to get back some of the "behind the scenes" footage from the new photoshoot I just had a few weeks ago.    

Cameras and a drone.....that's next level!!  

Excited to share some of the pictures in the near future. 

Music City Management Signs Marc Martel  

Nashville, TN (March 23, 2016) ---- Josh Petersen, Founder of Music City Management, announced today the signing of Marc Martel, the voice of the Queen Extravaganza, the Official Queen Tribute Band produced by legendary Queen drummer Roger Taylor, and formerly the lead singer with the award-winning pop group Downhere. Martel is scheduled to release his long awaited covers album on June 17, 2016, The Covers LP, Vol. 1. The project will feature fan requested songs, such as Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” and Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” as well as many more favorites done in Martel’s unique vocal style. Martel will be performing songs from the new record at an upcoming Nashville concert, March 28th at The High Watt, 1 Cannery Row, 8:00 pm CDT.   

"Marc is a top tier entertainer, and one of the best vocalists in the world,” says Petersen. “When you get to experience him singing live, even once, you know there is something unique and special about his talents. I could not be more thrilled to work alongside Martel to share his music with people everywhere."   
Petersen launched Music City Management in 2012 and has worked with a variety of clients in Country, Rock, Pop, Christian and Bluegrass. The company’s current roster includes 14 time Grammy winning Bluegrass/Country legend Ron Block, of Alison Krauss and Union Station, and Marc Martel. With the partnership of Petersen, Block formed his own record label, Hogan’s House of Music, that released his fourth and fifth solo projects last year, Hogan’s House of Music, which entered Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart at No. 2 and the holiday album Carter’s Creek Christmas.   

Music City Management also handles consulting for several other clients that includes the Dove Nominated children’s series, Slugs and Bugs, from Randall Goodgame, WCOL radio’s Country Jam, a major annual festival in Central Ohio, and Nashville photographer, Crystal K. Martel.   

About Marc Martel  
Marc Martel was born in Montreal, Canada and his love of music came from his parents. That passion for music followed Martel as he was growing up and came to fruition at Briercrest College and Seminary, where the Christian band Downhere was formed with roommate Jason Germain. Adding two other members, Jeremy Thiessen and Glenn Lavender, the group became based in Nashville, TN and was signed by Word Records and Centricity Music. Downhere released six studio albums, won 24 GMA Canada Covenant Awards, five Juno Awards and one Dove Award, before disbanding in 2012.  

In 2011, Martel’s life took a major turn when his cover of Queen’s “Somebody to Love” was submitted to the Queen Extravaganza competition by Martel’s wife, and then became a multi-million sensation when posted on YouTube. To this day the video has over 12 million views and the number is still climbing. With his Freddie Mercury looks and vocals, Martel was added to the Queen Extravaganza, the Official Queen Tribute Band, which led to major media coverage with the Ellen DeGeneres Show, American Idol, USA Today, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal and Billboard. With the Queen Extravaganza Tour, Martel has toured the U.S., Canada and internationally, while also performing solo for The Phoenix Suns, LA Clippers, San Francisco Giants and the Calgary Stampede. Martel lives in the Nashville area with his wife Crystal.

Don't Stop Me Now  

The director doing my new music video for "Don't Stop Me Now" sent us a still shot today to show us how the editing is coming. 

This is the first song off my new covers album coming this June!


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