Marc Broussard, the Bayou Soul singer songwriter, is known for his unique gift of channeling the spirits of classic R&B, rock and soul into contemporary measures just released his second cover/charity album called S.O.S. 2: Save Our Soul: Soul On a Mission.
50% of the profits will be going to City of Refuge. Philanthropy has been a big part of Marc’s life for a long time. It all started back in 2007, where he started his on foundation SOS and released the first SOS album of cover songs. Now back with a new collection, Marc has hopes of extending the influence of his audience's generosity.
ARTISTdirect caught up with Marc - he was on the can, we were not. He spoke about good causes, the love of his home town and why "Walk Hard" sums up his life right now.
Where are you right now?
Actually, I'm on the can.
Please name your fellow band members and their roles... oh, and who has the best dance moves?
DJ gets paid to dance so he's probably taking this one.
Tell us about your newest project: Where was it recorded? What’s it about?
Recorded at Dockside Studio in Maurice, LA, my newest record is the second in a series of cover records aimed at raising money for poverty relief. 50% of all proceeds go directly an organization called City Of Refuge, based in Atlanta, GA, that has an extremely comprehensive program for people living in poverty and homelessness.
How do you describe your music to new friends?
Soulful, varied, groovy.
What should your hometown be known for?
I don't know how to answer this question, because my hometown should be known for lots of things. JP Morgan should've been from my home town. That'd probably have changed some things. Or maybe Tom Edison! Oh, my hometown should be known for the most fantastic ocean front views! Sadly, none of these things are true.
My town is, however, known by some as the home of 3-time Super Bowl Champion, Kevin Faulk. Others know it because of me, maybe. We also have good boudin and cracklings.
Please look around you right now and please describe the first item or person you see that’s significant to you.
As I'm still on the can, I can see a jewelry box that I gave to my wife when we were in high school. It has her initials engraved on the cover and it's in the shape of a heart. I probably paid $20 for it. I was such a cheap bastard back then.
What first inspired you to pursue music? If it was a musician or a specific piece of music, please tell us all about why you find it so inspirational...
My father's musical passions were bred into me. I was designed for what I'm doing.
What’s the best advice anyone has given you about pursuing a life in music?
Don't give up.
Not including your current crew, who (alive or dead) would you love to have in your van for an all day drive from gig to gig?
Tesla, Ghandi, Einstein, and Brian Regan
What song best sums up your life right now?
Tough question. I'd have to say... "Walk Hard."
What is the best reaction to your music you have experienced so far?
Guy was in a coma for a month when his girl put my song, “Home," on the speaker and the guy started tapping his fingers and mouthing the words. That's a pretty good reaction.
Take a moment to dream - Where do hope to be a year from now?
On an island.
What’s your next step towards that dream?
Buy a plane ticket?