One of the most recognized, prolific and consciously aware Spoken Word Artist of his generation, Marc Marcel finds it difficult to restrict himself to the labels of the art form. “It took me over a decade into my profession for me to realize poetry isn’t my gift,” Marc reveals, “Poetry is just a tool I’ve been using, to spread my gift through.” With his many artistic attributes, if one would categorize his efforts, a philosopher would be more fitting.
Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, and diagnosed with Dyslexia at the age of 10, it is safe to say Marc has far exceeded the boundaries brought on by his early disability. With an immense amount of material, covering social issues, relationships, and metaphysical topics, Marc is able to relate to a broad audience, having performed at such universities as Harvard, Yale and Morehouse, to the Nuyorican Café in New York City and the US Military Base in Qatar at the Al Udeid Air Base.
He has traveled the world, performed in 6 countries and over 150 American cities, published 5 books, produced 17 spoken word CDs, and performed and/or held workshops for over 50 universities. He has also made 5 national television appearances, (BETJ Lyrics Café, No Reservations, etc.), performed in front of 12,000 people for Scion Night at Knots Scary Farm, and has graced legendary stages such as the Smithsonian in Washington DC for the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Peace Ball for President Obama. Marcel is many things, the author of, ‘The Book that Doesn’t Even Matter,’ a philosophy on life, as well as the creator and animator of an animated web-series called, ‘Gurus,’ a cartoon parody of history’s greatest philosophers.
When asked about his massive history of work, Marcel explains, “All that means nothing. Everything I’ve ever done in my life seems like it just prepares me for the next door I’m about to enter.”
Inspiring, candid, thought-provoking and entertaining are just a few descriptions of his art. Having, written thousands of unreleased poems, produced hundreds of underground tracks, as well as several unreleased novels, Marcel lives as if his next second is the most important moment he has, and his devotion to his craft is reflected in his great body of work. He is Spoken Word, at its rawest, highest level of performance!