recently received a CD of a young singer/songwriter by the name of Marc
Broussard from a local radio station personality. This DJ, who worked for a Hip
Hop/R&B station, took a liking to Broussard.
His recommendation intrigued me.
On first listen, I assumed that this was just another male
singer/songwriter. But as the album sank in, I
realized that first impulse was wrong.
Just as I was initiated,
I feel I must pass on the favor and introduce you to the next big thing.
evident that his Lafayette, Louisiana upbringing has influenced Broussard.
There are elements of southern, guitar-driven R&B
throughout this eight song EP. His father, guitarist Ted
Broussard, is a former member of The Boogie Kings and is
in the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. With this healthy
musical background, Marcs foray into music is an obvious and wise path.
is anchored by producer and songwriter Marshall Altman (The
Thorns). With help from Altman, Broussards songwriting
is above average but is far from groundbreaking. He sets out to make a name
for himself via the overused lost boy route. It is his voice,
though, that sets Broussard apart from every other self-proclaimed
singer/songwriter. Broussard is blessed with pipes that could make a
veteran performer blush. He manages to make you care about his problems and
struggles through his raspy yet solid baritone. At times he leaps from the
lower echelons of his vocal range to the upper reaches with seamless grace.
soul-searching lead track The Wanderer should make you sit up and take
note. The R&B tinted Momentary Setback is the highest peak among many
mountains, with its upbeat message linked with bouncy production Fusing
elements of southern jazz and soul make My God a likeable tune. The
tearjerker, Jeremiahs Prayer rounds out a solid first release.