One of the world’s 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 wide range of crowds, having performed at such universities as Harvard, Yale and Morehouse, to the Nuyorican Café in New York City (World’s most famous poetry venue), and the US Military Base in Qatar at the Al Udeid Air Base. Palmetto Starr, host of 2raw4tv internet radio, calls Marcel, “One of the most relevant speakers of our time.”
He has traveled the world, performing in 6 Countries and over 150 American Cities, published 5 books, produced 17 Spoken Word CDs, performed and/or held workshops for over 50 Colleges and 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, as well as the creator and animator of a web-series called, ‘Gurus,’ an cartoon parody to the world’s greatest philosophers. (theguruschannel.com)
“Funny, all that means nothing,” Marcel replies when asked about his massive history of work. He explains, “Everything I’ve ever done in my life seems like it just prepares me for the next door I’m about to enter.” The author of, ‘The Book that Doesn’t Even Matter,’ a philosophy on life, Marc states, “I always wanted to understand what we are doing here…now I’m just sharing what I think I know.”
Inspiring, candid, raw, clever, thought-provoking and entertaining are just a few descriptions of his presentations. Working just as hard off of the stage as he does on it, throughout his career, Marc has 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 art is reflected in his great body of work. He is Spoken Word, at its rawest, highest level of performance!