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, diagnosed with Dyslexia at the age of 10, Marc has far exceeded the boundaries brought on by his early disability.
He has traveled the world, performing in 5 Countries, over 150 American Cities, published a Novel, ‘Saint Thomas;’ a book of poetry, ‘Unchained,’ produced 17 Spoken Word CDs, performed and/or held workshops for over 50 Colleges and Universities, (Harvard, Yale, Morehouse and the Universityof Florida, etc.), made 5 National Television appearances, (BETJ Lyrics Café, No Reservations, etc.), performed in front of 12,000people 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.
“Funny, all that means nothing,” Marc 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.”
Through his performances and lectures he captures the emotions and feelings of several subjects, everyday struggles of life, politics, love, spirituality, self-revelations and higher-consciousness. “I always wanted to know what we were doing here,” he admits, “I just never thought I’d find the answers…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.
Marc works just as hard off of the stage as he does on it. Throughout his career he has written thousands of unreleased poems, several unreleased novels and has produced hundreds of underground tracks. 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!