Marc Broussard is an artist with a unique gift of channeling the spirits of classic R&B, rock and soul into contemporary terms. His father, Louisiana hall of fame guitarist of “The Boogie Kings” nurtured Marc’s musical gifts at an early age, and the vibrant Lafayette, Louisiana music scene gave Marc the opportunity to practice his craft consistently from childhood through early adulthood. After releasing a successful independent EP at age 20, Marc signed a record deal with Island Records. Marc’s song “Home” was successful at radio and catapulted him onto the national touring stage. Marc released multiple albums with major labels over the next 10 years, but has recently returned to his independent roots having released multiple successful original and covers records. Marc is working on a new record and is excited to get back on the road in 2022.

Marc Broussard is an artist with a unique gift of channeling the spirits of classic R&B, rock and soul into contemporary terms. His father, Louisiana hall of fame guitarist of “The Boogie Kings” nurtured Marc’s musical gifts at an early age, and the vibrant Lafayette, Louisiana music scene gave Marc the opportunity to practice his craft consistently from childhood through early adulthood. After releasing a successful independent EP at age 20, Marc signed a record deal with Island Records. Marc’s song “Home” was successful at radio and catapulted him onto the national touring stage. Marc released multiple albums with major labels over the next 10 years, but has recently returned to his independent roots having released multiple successful original and covers records. Marc is working on a new record and is excited to get back on the road in 2022.

Marc Broussard is a singer, songwriter, performer, and humanitarian. His commitment to making the world a better place is a mantra that he has been bound to since the beginning of his career. It has always been about tying music to a mission, one reason that his new studio album entitled A Lullaby Collection SOS III and book, I Love You For You, were created to educate and inspire younger audiences.

The album, the third in Broussard’s independently released SOS (“Save Our Soul”) series, finds him re-imagining a series of standards that are easily identified as lullabies—songs such as “Danny Boy,” “Sweet Baby James,” “Moon River,” among others, which are calming, soothing and enticing all at the same time. The 11-song album also includes two Broussard originals, “Bedtime” and “Gavin’s Song.”

While the songs might be geared to younger ears, Broussard’s soulful signature sound, expressive vocals and sweeping orchestration offer a universal appeal for listeners of all ages. “I wanted this to be a recognizable covers album,” Broussard explains. “Danny Boy” and “Moon River” were songs I could never imagine recording. But when I did my research and heard the various versions of these songs, especially the Andy Williams’ renditions, I was so taken. I was never a big Andy Williams fan, but all of a sudden, I found his voice so spectacular. There is grace attached to every one of his performances that I wanted to emulate throughout this entire record. No other artist had done this to me.”

The material on A Lullaby Collection SOS III is culled from iconic songs that Broussard has always felt a particular attachment to. “The initial intention of the SOS series was to share with my younger fans the music that had shaped my life and to be faithful to the spirit of the originals.” Broussard said. “The second album, SOS II: Soul on a Mission, took on a new meaning. I feel that it’s important to use whatever privilege society says I have and to use that energy to help reshape the world around me into something a little more equitable.”

A Lullaby Collection SOS III is Broussard’s third covers album of his career. His first, SOS: Save our Soul, was a collection of R&B classics. The second, SOS II: Soul on a Mission, delved further into the vaults of R&B, soul, and rock (released in 2016). Broussard donated 50% of the profits from these albums to City of Refuge, an organization that seeks to lead individuals and families on a journey to self-sufficiency.

Coinciding with the release of his new album, Broussard is making his debut as an author with I Love You For You. The book is intended to teach children that every individual is special in his or her own way, and has something wonderful to offer, regardless of circumstances or special needs. It emphasizes that everyone deserves inclusion, affirmation, and appreciation simply for who they are. The lesson that the child is left with is that it’s important to respect others and value them accordingly.

The project was inspired by Rebekah Phillips, an award-winning children’s book illustrator who happens to be the wife of one of his longtime friends. “For years we had spoken about doing a project together,” Broussard says. “Then I ran into her at a concert and the idea came up again. I ended up writing the book on my plane ride home between Washington D.C. and Atlanta.”

“The book and the album go hand in hand, at least in spirit,” Broussard suggests.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of both the album and the book will be donated to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As a Louisiana native, this hospital holds a special place in Broussard’s heart. Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is Louisiana’s fastest growing children’s hospital treating more than 100,000 patients annually from across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. For more information, visit https://ololchildrens.org/

Broussard’s charitable efforts extend well over a decade, beginning with his self-released album Bootleg to Benefit the Victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and his efforts to organize the Momentary Setback Fund to provide financial assistance to those displaced by both Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. He’s also taken part in a USO tour to entertain troops in the Middle East. More recently, he established his SOS Foundation as a conduit to help raise money for other worthy causes, such as the United Way and Habitat for Humanity.

“A lot of it has to do with the people who raised me,” Broussard explains. “My parents are wonderful, human beings who encouraged us to do everything we can for people that need the help. That’s a value system that’s been with me since birth.”

This kind of crusade was especially appealing as far as Broussard’s intentions were concerned. “Philanthropy has been a big part of my life for a long time,” he says. “I’ve found that artists like me are uniquely positioned to raise awareness and make a difference in our own communities and beyond. In 2015, I decided to make philanthropy a more permanent part of my life by establishing the SOS Foundation. The goal is to use music, both recorded and live, to raise money for causes I’m passionate about.”

The son of acclaimed Louisiana Hall of Fame guitarist Ted Broussard, the younger Broussard was raised in Carencro and Lafayette Louisiana, an area that he continues to call home. He released his debut album, Momentary Setback, independently at the age of 20, but his gift for making music was evident well before then. He made his stage debut at age five belting out “Johnny B. Goode” while sitting in with his father’s band, the legendary The Boogie Kings.

In 2004, Broussard released his major-label debut, dubbed Carencro. The album’s thematic centerpiece is “Home.” that hickory-smoked slab of Bayou soul that’s aged and evolved along with the singer himself. That album, and the others that followed, revealed Broussard as an old-school Southern soul singer blessed with both a rarefied talent and an innate stylistic and emotional authenticity, an artist whose old school blend of rock, R&B, soul, and sensitivity have made him one of the most indelible artists of his generation.

“It’s easy for me to move the needle,” Broussard maintains. “I stand in front of huge numbers of people a dozen times a month. I’ve done so for the last 17 years, and I attempt to communicate honestly each time. Music has the power to reshape the world and I’m very, very fortunate to be part of that process.”

A Lullaby Collection SOS III and I Love You For You will be released on November 15, 2019.

Marc Broussard is a singer, songwriter, performer, and humanitarian. His commitment to making the world a better place is a mantra that he has been bound to since the beginning of his career. It has always been about tying music to a mission, one reason that his new studio album entitled A Lullaby Collection SOS III and book, I Love You For You, were created to educate and inspire younger audiences.

The album, the third in Broussard’s independently released SOS (“Save Our Soul”) series, finds him re-imagining a series of standards that are easily identified as lullabies—songs such as “Danny Boy,” “Sweet Baby James,” “Moon River,” among others, which are calming, soothing and enticing all at the same time. The 11-song album also includes two Broussard originals, “Bedtime” and “Gavin’s Song.”

While the songs might be geared to younger ears, Broussard’s soulful signature sound, expressive vocals and sweeping orchestration offer a universal appeal for listeners of all ages. “I wanted this to be a recognizable covers album,” Broussard explains. “Danny Boy” and “Moon River” were songs I could never imagine recording. But when I did my research and heard the various versions of these songs, especially the Andy Williams’ renditions, I was so taken. I was never a big Andy Williams fan, but all of a sudden, I found his voice so spectacular. There is grace attached to every one of his performances that I wanted to emulate throughout this entire record. No other artist had done this to me.”

The material on A Lullaby Collection SOS III is culled from iconic songs that Broussard has always felt a particular attachment to. “The initial intention of the SOS series was to share with my younger fans the music that had shaped my life and to be faithful to the spirit of the originals.” Broussard said. “The second album, SOS II: Soul on a Mission, took on a new meaning. I feel that it’s important to use whatever privilege society says I have and to use that energy to help reshape the world around me into something a little more equitable.”

A Lullaby Collection SOS III is Broussard’s third covers album of his career. His first, SOS: Save our Soul, was a collection of R&B classics. The second, SOS II: Soul on a Mission, delved further into the vaults of R&B, soul, and rock (released in 2016). Broussard donated 50% of the profits from these albums to City of Refuge, an organization that seeks to lead individuals and families on a journey to self-sufficiency.

Coinciding with the release of his new album, Broussard is making his debut as an author with I Love You For You. The book is intended to teach children that every individual is special in his or her own way, and has something wonderful to offer, regardless of circumstances or special needs. It emphasizes that everyone deserves inclusion, affirmation, and appreciation simply for who they are. The lesson that the child is left with is that it’s important to respect others and value them accordingly.

The project was inspired by Rebekah Phillips, an award-winning children’s book illustrator who happens to be the wife of one of his longtime friends. “For years we had spoken about doing a project together,” Broussard says. “Then I ran into her at a concert and the idea came up again. I ended up writing the book on my plane ride home between Washington D.C. and Atlanta.”

“The book and the album go hand in hand, at least in spirit,” Broussard suggests.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of both the album and the book will be donated to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As a Louisiana native, this hospital holds a special place in Broussard’s heart. Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is Louisiana’s fastest growing children’s hospital treating more than 100,000 patients annually from across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. For more information, visit https://ololchildrens.org/

Broussard’s charitable efforts extend well over a decade, beginning with his self-released album Bootleg to Benefit the Victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and his efforts to organize the Momentary Setback Fund to provide financial assistance to those displaced by both Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. He’s also taken part in a USO tour to entertain troops in the Middle East. More recently, he established his SOS Foundation as a conduit to help raise money for other worthy causes, such as the United Way and Habitat for Humanity.

“A lot of it has to do with the people who raised me,” Broussard explains. “My parents are wonderful, human beings who encouraged us to do everything we can for people that need the help. That’s a value system that’s been with me since birth.”

This kind of crusade was especially appealing as far as Broussard’s intentions were concerned. “Philanthropy has been a big part of my life for a long time,” he says. “I’ve found that artists like me are uniquely positioned to raise awareness and make a difference in our own communities and beyond. In 2015, I decided to make philanthropy a more permanent part of my life by establishing the SOS Foundation. The goal is to use music, both recorded and live, to raise money for causes I’m passionate about.”

The son of acclaimed Louisiana Hall of Fame guitarist Ted Broussard, the younger Broussard was raised in Carencro and Lafayette Louisiana, an area that he continues to call home. He released his debut album, Momentary Setback, independently at the age of 20, but his gift for making music was evident well before then. He made his stage debut at age five belting out “Johnny B. Goode” while sitting in with his father’s band, the legendary The Boogie Kings.

In 2004, Broussard released his major-label debut, dubbed Carencro. The album’s thematic centerpiece is “Home.” that hickory-smoked slab of Bayou soul that’s aged and evolved along with the singer himself. That album, and the others that followed, revealed Broussard as an old-school Southern soul singer blessed with both a rarefied talent and an innate stylistic and emotional authenticity, an artist whose old school blend of rock, R&B, soul, and sensitivity have made him one of the most indelible artists of his generation.

“It’s easy for me to move the needle,” Broussard maintains. “I stand in front of huge numbers of people a dozen times a month. I’ve done so for the last 17 years, and I attempt to communicate honestly each time. Music has the power to reshape the world and I’m very, very fortunate to be part of that process.”

A Lullaby Collection SOS III and I Love You For You will be released on November 15, 2019.

Artist Biography by Joseph McCombs

Momentary SetbackThe son of Boogie Kings guitarist (and Louisiana Hall of Fame member) Ted Broussard, singer/songwriter Marc Broussard was seemingly destined for a life as a music man. His upbringing in Lafayette, Louisiana instilled in him an affinity for R&B alongside the Cajun trappings of southern Louisiana. Drawing vocal and stylistic influence from Otis Redding and Brian McKnight while bearing the preternaturally gruff vocals of John Hiatt and Dr. John, Broussard was barely 20 at the time of his first album’s release. Momentary Setback appeared to encouraging reviews on the independent Ripley Records label in September 2002. Soon afterwards, the young musician inked a deal with Island Def Jam.

Light of Day: A Tribute to Bruce SpringsteenWith Island’s support, doors began to open for Broussard. “Just Like That,” a track from the Momentary Setback album, was culled for inclusion in the 2003 Lost and Found, Vol. 1 compilation alongside such artists as Ryan Adams and the Jayhawks; that same year, Broussard also appeared on a Bruce Springsteen tribute album, Light of Day, with the track “Back in Your Arms.” He spent the autumn of 2003 on the road, where he served as opening act for the Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, and fellow singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw. Carencro, a sophomore album named after Broussard’s hometown, was issued by Island Records in 2004, and he made the jump from Island to Atlantic Records four years later for the release of Keep Coming Back. He became a road dog after the album’s release, opening for and sharing stages not only with Maroon 5 and the Dave Matthews Band but also with Willie Nelson, O.A.R., and Bonnie Raitt.

A Life Worth LivingIn March of 2011, two songs, “Lucky” and “Only Everything,” were issued for digital download as a precursor to his Jamie Kenney-produced self-titled album, which appeared in July and also signaled his move to the Vanguard label. It was followed in 2014 by Life Worth Living, a more stripped-down effort that drew raves from critics. In September of 2016, he announced that 50 percent of the sales of his S.O.S. II album would go to charities that primarily served the homeless and hometown organizations like City of Refuge. Released in 2017 on G-Man, Easy to Love placed inside the Top 25 on the Top Independent Albums chart.

Artist Biography by Joseph McCombs

Momentary SetbackThe son of Boogie Kings guitarist (and Louisiana Hall of Fame member) Ted Broussard, singer/songwriter Marc Broussard was seemingly destined for a life as a music man. His upbringing in Lafayette, Louisiana instilled in him an affinity for R&B alongside the Cajun trappings of southern Louisiana. Drawing vocal and stylistic influence from Otis Redding and Brian McKnight while bearing the preternaturally gruff vocals of John Hiatt and Dr. John, Broussard was barely 20 at the time of his first album’s release. Momentary Setback appeared to encouraging reviews on the independent Ripley Records label in September 2002. Soon afterwards, the young musician inked a deal with Island Def Jam.

Light of Day: A Tribute to Bruce SpringsteenWith Island’s support, doors began to open for Broussard. “Just Like That,” a track from the Momentary Setback album, was culled for inclusion in the 2003 Lost and Found, Vol. 1 compilation alongside such artists as Ryan Adams and the Jayhawks; that same year, Broussard also appeared on a Bruce Springsteen tribute album, Light of Day, with the track “Back in Your Arms.” He spent the autumn of 2003 on the road, where he served as opening act for the Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, and fellow singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw. Carencro, a sophomore album named after Broussard’s hometown, was issued by Island Records in 2004, and he made the jump from Island to Atlantic Records four years later for the release of Keep Coming Back. He became a road dog after the album’s release, opening for and sharing stages not only with Maroon 5 and the Dave Matthews Band but also with Willie Nelson, O.A.R., and Bonnie Raitt.

A Life Worth LivingIn March of 2011, two songs, “Lucky” and “Only Everything,” were issued for digital download as a precursor to his Jamie Kenney-produced self-titled album, which appeared in July and also signaled his move to the Vanguard label. It was followed in 2014 by Life Worth Living, a more stripped-down effort that drew raves from critics. In September of 2016, he announced that 50 percent of the sales of his S.O.S. II album would go to charities that primarily served the homeless and hometown organizations like City of Refuge. Released in 2017 on G-Man, Easy to Love placed inside the Top 25 on the Top Independent Albums chart.

Marc Broussard is an artist with a unique gift of channeling the spirits of classic R&B, rock and soul into contemporary terms. This gift has been a matter of common knowledge since 2002, when Broussard released his debut album, Momentary Setback, which he recorded and released independently at age 20. It was no secret before then, going back to those lucky witnesses who heard him belt “Johnny B. Goode” onstage at age 5 while sitting in with his father’s band.  Throughout his life, Broussard has been tapped as a talent to watch.

 

Marc’s song “Home” was successful at radio and catapulted him onto the national touring stage.  His music has been placed in many TV shows and movies.  The timeless, soulful nature of Marc’s vocal lends well to Film and TV, and will continue to do so for years to come.

Marc released a follow up to his S.O.S. album on 9/30/16.   It is a soul covers album appropriately titled “S.O.S. 2”.  He donated 50% of the profits to City of Refuge.  The live performance video of the acoustic version of “Cry to Me” has garnered over 1,000,000 views on youtube.

Marc’s next record “Easy to Love” comes out on 9/15/17 and the lead single off the album “Don’t Be Afraid to Call Me” is being released on 7/14 with a feature on Rolling Stone Country.

Marc Broussard is an artist with a unique gift of channeling the spirits of classic R&B, rock and soul into contemporary terms. This gift has been a matter of common knowledge since 2002, when Broussard released his debut album, Momentary Setback, which he recorded and released independently at age 20. It was no secret before then, going back to those lucky witnesses who heard him belt “Johnny B. Goode” onstage at age 5 while sitting in with his father’s band.  Throughout his life, Broussard has been tapped as a talent to watch.

 

Marc’s song “Home” was successful at radio and catapulted him onto the national touring stage.  His music has been placed in many TV shows and movies.  The timeless, soulful nature of Marc’s vocal lends well to Film and TV, and will continue to do so for years to come.

Marc released a follow up to his S.O.S. album in September 2016.   It is a soul covers album appropriately titled “S.O.S. 2”.  He donated 50% of the profits to City of Refuge.  The live performance video of the acoustic version of “Cry to Me” has garnered over 1,000,000 views on youtube.

Marc’s next record “Easy to Love” came out on 9/15/17 and the lead single off the album “Don’t Be Afraid to Call Me” was a feature on Rolling Stone Country.

In its sixth year, the Eric Nadel Birthday Benefit brings together the baseball broadcasting legend’s favorite musicians for a memorable evening celebrating another year and supporting Focus On Teens, a charity that is changing lives in our community.  Focus on Teens reaches out to young people in the critical early stages of homelessness, collaborating with high schools in DISD and FWISD.They provide drop-in centers at the schools to meet the most pressing needs of students in crisis, also providing services to address substance abuse and suicide prevention.

Marc Broussard and The Sweet Remains

Marc Broussard, whose charitable efforts in his home state of Louisiana are extensive, will headline this year’s show. His SOS Foundation uses music to raise money for causes about which he is passionate.  Marc has sold out numerous shows at the Kessler in the past with his eclectic mix of soul, funk, R&B and rock. Here are some critics’ opinions:

"Few modern voices are as powerful as Marc Broussard’s soulful Bayou-bred baritone" – THE WASHINGTON TIMES

“…The guy can really sing with power, nuance, and class. Anybody got a phonebook? I’d listen to him hum a few pages” – LOS ANGELES TIMES

“A blue eyed soul singer with a broad, soulful voice nicely scraped around the edges. Somewhere between country and soul, he slipped through the crack which has left him oddly, and wrongly, underappreciated.” – NEW YORK TIMES

“His voice stands above all others in the field. Quite simply, Marc Broussard is the reason they invented soul music.” – PERFORMERMAG.COM

The Sweet Remains is an unusual band, headed by three gifted and charismatic singer-songwriters, each of whom contribute to the writing and three-part harmonies that define the band’s sound. Their songs easily appeal to fans of modern folk rockers. However,  it is their lush harmonies that distinguish them from other troubadors and harken back to super groups like CSN, the Eagles and Simon and Garfunkel.

All tables for this event are included in sponsorships. For information on sponsorships and donations, contact Keith Price, kprice@focusonteens.org