Marcel Offers Optimism In Our Hard Economic Times

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Releases digital single "Believin'" from his much anticipated sophomore album on Red Stripe Planes Records

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In a time when people's hope and dreams are clashing with the state of our economic times and the everyday struggles to make ends meet, Marcel offers hope to soothe the soul that things will get better if you believe. Marcel announced the release of his next single "Believin'" from his upcoming album of the same name, which is now available on all major digital service providers. Marcel's passion for photography led to the concept for the upcoming video, in addition to producing, directing and editing the piece.

Marcel's upcoming album, Believin' (Red Stripe Plane Records) is Marcel's first album in five years. It represents breezy joy and clear-eyed sadness which battle for control as the music weaves its way through all of life's ups and downs. "I matured so much between these albums," he says, describing a time in which he lost his record deal, went broke, lost two close family members and witnessed a fatal accident. All of it went into his art which resulted in an 11 track CD.

Marcel hit the charts with his first single, "Country Rock Star," in 2002, and followed it with "Tennessee," from his promising debut album of You, Me and the Windshield. The subsequent loss of his deal shook him to the core, but his hard work and perseverance paid off. Other artists began to record his songs-- Rascal Flatts' "Backwards", LeAnn Rimes' "The Weight of Love" and Jessica Andrews' "There's More to Me Than You". Josh Gracin recorded both "Favorite State of Mind" and "Nothin' To Lose", but it was the latter that was the breakthrough and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

"I have been so fortunate for all the things that have come into my life," he says. "Don't get me wrong, I've worked my butt off for it, but I'm grateful for the friends and everything else God has given me. And I've learned that if you want something, you can have it if you put your mind to it and do it. Anyone can. You just have to believe."

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