"Ain't nobody ever motivated
me more than the first breath
I take in the morning"
Radio host Palmetto Star declares Marc Marcel as, “One of the most controversial and consciously aware spoken word artists ever.” Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Marcel was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 10. With his many artistic attributes, if one would categorize his efforts, a philosopher would be more fitting.
“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 different artistic outlets, it is difficult to restrict himself to the labels of the art form.
He has traveled the world, performed in 8 countries and over 150 American cities, published 5 books, produced 17 spoken word CDs, and performed and/or held workshops for over 50 universities, including Harvard and Yale. 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, entertained and the US Military Base in Qatar at the Al Udeid Air Base in 2014, and has graced legendary stages such as the Smithsonian in Washington DC for the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Peace Ball for President Obama. He is 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When asked about his massive history of work, which includes thousands of unreleased poems and several unpublished novels, Marcel explains, “All that means nothing. Everything I’ve ever done just prepares me for the next door I’m about to open.”
Inspiring, candid, thought-provoking and entertaining are just a few descriptions of his art. He is Spoken Word, at its rawest, highest level of performance!