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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.
Marcel had 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.



What has Marcel been up to?
Make sure y'all REQUEST Josh Gracin's NEW single, "Favorite State of Mind" - at radio now!! The video has also been added into rotation on GAC, VH-1 Country, and CMT!! Marcel co-wrote this one, and it's an infectiously enjoyable tune!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS to Marcel, who has just been added to Lyric Street Records' roster!!!! He joins fellow Michigander Josh (who scored a #1 hit w/ "Nothing to Lose" - a song Marcel co-wrote!!), as well as SHeDAISY and Trent Tomlinson, among others!!!!

Check out the new Rascal Flatts album, Me and My Gang - they cut one of Marcel's songs called "Backwards"!!!! CONGRATS on getting a RF cut, Marcel!!!!

Log on to Marcel's website - the new layout rocks!!!! (link is below)

Marcel had UPDATED his journal!!!!

Marcel is in the process of recording some new songs for his next album. In the meantime, he and Jess are celebrating Marcel's first #1 cut!! Their fellow recording artist Josh Gracin recently took Marcel's "Nothing to Lose" all the way to the top spot! The #1 Party event was hosted by ASCAP, and among the well-wishers were songwriters Frank Myers and Anthony Smith, Country Radio Braocasters' chief Ed Salamon, and music publisher/radio personality Charlie Monk. CONGRATULATIONS to Marcel for penning a #1 smashing hit!!!!


Did y'all know?!
** Marcel has scored his first #1 hit!!!! "Nothin' To Lose," which was recorded by Josh Gracin's self-titled debut topped the charts in 2004!! Josh has recorded other Marcel-penned tunes for his debut album as well as for his followup project, which should hit stores soon!!

** "Weight Of Love," a song Marcel wrote about Jessica (Andrews) is on the new LeAnn Rimes CD, This Woman.

** Marcel also co-wrote both the upbeat and ballad versions of Jessica Andrews' "There's More to Me Than You" as well as "You're the Man (That Brings the Woman Out of Me)." All of those songs appear on Jess' current album, NOW.


Where can I get his music?
Y'all can pick up YOUR copies of You, Me, and the Windshield by clicking on the CD cover!!

Does he have an official site?
Sure does! Check out for the latest on Marcel!

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