Friday, December 16, 2011

Marc Martel - He's somebody to love!

Well the votes have been cast and he did it folks.  Marc Martel won the role of lead singer for the band Queen's 40th Anniversary tour. Roger Taylor, former Queen member has selected 6 lucky individuals from the masses to be in his tribute band.  Three of those six are Canadians.  Go Canada Go!

I posted a lot of information about Marc and his amazing climb to the top in the audition process here.  You can discover the background there.  But for now, here is what Marc has to say about all this stuff.

“What an amazing and unexpected opportunity to come our way – not to mention the timing of it all for me.  Having gotten to know the other contest winners a bit in LA, I’m confident we have what it takes to gel as a unit and give our best to do justice to some of the best rock music ever recorded.  I am so thankful for the chance to do this.  Gonna be Fun!”
The CBC ran a clip and an interview with all three Canadians. Check them out here.  One thing I did not know until the finalist were announced is that Marc's brother, David, was one of the semi-finalist as well.  Some good rock n' roll genes in that family i would say.  Unfortunately David Martel did not win.  Here is a You tube journey for David.  (1st audition, 2nd audition, final audition).

The contest required him to pass through two video auditions and then a live audition with several other artists in front of Band member Roger Taylor.  The Queen Extravaganza group posted all six of the live auditions if you want to check them out.  Marc Martel in on video part 4.  But for today ...
Please feel free to enjoy his second video audition that got him to Los Angeles.

Marc probably had not idea a few months ago that his life would take this turn.  In fact he says people have been telling him for years that he looked like and sang like Freddie Mercury.  And I don't mean just a few buddies, he tells interviewers that he gets 5-10 comments from every concert he performs with his band Downhere.
'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'
So, what plans does God have for you?  Are you ready for a fork in the road?  What will God have done in your life if we saw you a year from now? 

My friends, don't get caught up in the hum drum of your day to day.  Or lost in the whirlwind of busy and full life.  God always has a plan.  He will reveal it when the time is right.  You may not be singing in a rock band in front of the world, but God just may have a curve in the road planned for you.  Be ready and be willing.


  1. "Roger Taylor, the last remaining Queen member" - geez - where did Brian May and John Deacon go? You should get your facts right - Roger Taylor and Brian May are still performing as Queen - John Deacon has retired.

  2. Thanks for pointing that out Anonymous. My oops! Funny, because I knew that but my word choice was way off. I changed it for everyone else.

  3. Wow. I know I'm nearly a month "late" reading this...but I think that's the way God planned it:).
    I just read a devotional the other night about nearly exactly this.
    Had to run & get it so I could tell you:)
    "Instead of letting difficulties draw you into worrying, try to view them as setting the scene for My glorious intervention. Keep your eyes and your mind wide open to all that I am doing in your life."

    It really got me thinking about the tough times that we have and how we just pray for them to be done...get through them...give me patience...give me strength...
    Yet if I look at those times as makes me curious. OK Lord, what are you trying to prepare me for?? :)