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A soulful R&B singer who combines funk and pop hooks, Louisianan Marc Broussard combines the gruff style of Dr. John with the bluesy vocals of Otis Redding. The son of former Boogie Kings guitarist Ted Broussard, he credits his father for his early love of music.
Marc Broussard's blues origins
Growing up in the swamps of Louisiana, Marc Broussard was inspired from an early age by the soulful Blues and modern R&B that is ingrained in the region's culture. With musical talent flowing through his veins, he was signed to an independent label by the time he was 20. His first album, Momentary Setback, earned him rave reviews and led to a deal with Island Def Jam Records.
His second album Carencro served as a tribute to his home and gained him considerable radio airplay and features on VH1.
Marc Broussard's influences
Broussard has been fortunate enough to share the stage with some of his biggest musical influences. In 2003, he appeared as a guest artist on Bruce Springsteen's Ray of Light album. That same year, he opened for acts like Maroon 5 and Gavin DeGraw. He has also had the distinction of sharing the stage with the Dave Matthews Band, Willie Nelson and Bonnie Raitt.
Marc Broussard's commercial success
You don't have to own Marc Broussard's albums to be familiar with his music. In 2008, his song "Must Be the Water" was tabbed as the theme song for the NBA All-Star Game. Kelly Clarkson also incorporated his song "Home" into her live setlist during a tour in 2007, exposing Broussard's music to her legion of fans. His song "Hard Knocks" was featured in the last episode of the HBO program of the same name.
Broussard has also performed live on many famed shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Larry King Live.
Marc Broussard's evolving styles
Musically, Broussard has never been afraid to take risks. In 2007, he released an album made up entirely of covers. From Stevie Wonder to the Pointer Sisters, the album, S.O.S.: Save Our Soul, became his first to break 100 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. He followed that with a variety of new covers from more of his favorite soul artists from the late 60's and early 70's. In December 2015, Broussard forayed into the Christmas genre with Magnolias and Mistletoe.
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