Who is he?
Marcel Francois Chagnon (who goes simply by
Marcel these days) hails from Grosse Point, Michigan. Growing up, he played hockey, and originally intended to pursue a career
as a professional hockey player. But, lucky for country fans, he decided to move out to Los Angeles to pursue a record deal
instead. Though plans fell through, he found work doing some commericials for GAP and other companies.
After four and a
half years in L.A., Marcel decided to hit up Nashville's prestigious Bluebird Café during one of their Open Mic Nights. Of
course, the night he shows up, there are so many other hopefuls, so everyone had to draw numbers. He thought he'd never get
a chance to perform that night. But, as fate would have it, several people left, and he ended up being the last person to
perform that night. He caught the eye of the host of the Open Mic Nights who introduced him to some publishing companies.
He then spent the next few months commuting between L.A. and Nashville to collaborate with other songwriters.
the best of the industry working with him on his debut album You, Me, and the Windshield - it having been produced
by famed Byron Gallimore (who's worked w/ Tim McGraw, Jessica Andrews, Faith Hill, and Jo Dee Messina, among others)! From
it came singles "Country Rock Star" and "Tennessee."
Marcel is currently writing songs for his next album. In the meantime,
his songs are getting picked up by other artists! He recently scored a #1 hit with "Nothin' to Lose," which was recorded by
Josh Gracin for his self-titled debut album!! Also, LeAnn Rimes recorded his ballad "Weight of Love," included on her latest
album This Woman.