STORY WRITTEN BY ROB NAGY
For 21st Century Media
Assimilating funk, rock, blues, R&B and pop into what has been described as “bayou soul,” singer songwriter Marc Broussard is making his musical imprint. At 32, the Louisiana native has forged an impressive career and is poised to take things to the next level with his latest studio album, “A Life Worth Living.”
“The writing for this record started with the death of my grandmother in the end of summer 2012,” says Broussard from his Carencro, Louisiana home. “That’s where the title track, ‘A Life Worth Living,’ came from.”
“I wanted to try some different things,” added Broussard, “and write with some different folks that I’d never written with before. It really stemmed from my desire to branch out from the things I had done previously — just to shake things up a bit. I really strived to be as honest as I could. With that came a simplification. For years, I thought I needed to be — in terms of arrangement and in lyric — really clever and really cerebral. In truth, for this project it boiled down to simplifying things and really getting down to the nitty gritty of what I was feeling and what I wanted to convey. At the end of the day, I really think this record is by far my strongest original outing, no doubt about it.”
Released in July, “A Life Worth Living,” featuring the single “Hurricane Heart,” has made both the Billboard 200 and U.S. Indie charts.
“My fans have responded overwhelmingly in the positive over this record,” says Broussard. “What is cool is that we’ve all grown up together. When I started out in this business 10, 12 years ago, I was on tour with “Maroon 5,” and the fans that were coming out to those shows were around my age — 20 years old. So we’ve all grown up and are experiencing life together.”
The son of legendary Louisiana guitarist Ted Broussard, Marc was raised in a musical environment. His introduction to a professional music career was as a member of the Christian band “Y” before he pursued a solo path.
Broussard released his independent debut album “Momentary Setback” in 2002, which contained would-be hit “The Wanderer.” He signed to Island Records in 2004, and a reworked version of the song was included on his 2004 debut album for the label, “Carencro.” The album also featured two Billboard Adult Top 40 hits, “Where You Are” and “Home.”
In 2007, Broussard, made the switch to Vanguard Records. His “S.O.S.: Save Our Soul” (2007) album, featuring the singles “Love and Happiness” and “Come in from the Cold,” made Billboard’s Top 100, R&B and Indie charts.
Taking advantage of a multi-album deal with Atlantic Records in 2007, Broussard initially released an EP for the label, “Must Be The Water” (2008). “Keep Coming Back” (2008) followed, featuring the singles “Keep Coming Back” and “When it’s Good”(with LeAnn Rimes). His eponymous album with the label in 2011 yielded the singles “Lucky,” “Only Everything” and “Cruel.”
Yearning for the creative freedom a small record label could provide and a big label had no interest in offering, Broussard returned to Vanguard Records in 2012, his current label. He released the concert album “Live from Full Sail University” in 2013.
“Vanguard is doing an amazing job for me, and most importantly, they want me to be me. As for my current release, “A Life Worth Living,” they wanted me to make a record that I wanted to make, and they didn’t force anything on me. In this business, you always have to make compromises, and this record was no exception. At the end of the day, I can hang my hat on this project and say ‘we knocked it out of the park.’”
Broussard has performed on a variety high profile talk shows. The list includes The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, A&E Breakfast with the Arts, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, CBS Saturday Early Show, Larry King Live, Lopez Tonight and CBS Saturday Morning’s Second Cup Cafe.
With a burning passion to give back to the community, while still in his 20s Broussard delved into the world of philanthropy. He founded the Momentary Setback Fund to benefit victims of both Hurricane Rita and Katrina, releasing the album “Bootleg” in 2005 to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina. He has also been involved with The United Way and Habitat for Humanity.
“You have no idea how grateful I am,” says Broussard. “I feel tremendously blessed to be able to do what I do for a living. What I want for my music is to become the soundtrack for listeners’ lives.”
“Music is very powerful,” added Broussard. “It ties us to one another in really profound ways. I get to experience, on a regular basis, the most amazing aspects of humanity. It’s people coming together with no bias at all just to enjoy a concert, and I get to be in the presence of that on a regular basis. It’s a real privilege for me, and I hope I get to do it for the rest of my life.”
Marc Broussard performs at the Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St. in Phoenixville Friday Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the Colonial Theatre Box Office by calling (610) 917-1228 or online at www.thecolonialtheatre.com. All ages are welcome at the Colonial.
To stay up to date with Marc Broussard go to www.marcbroussard.com.
STORY WRITTEN BY ROB NAGY