Rising Stars [Issue
has a lot to look forward to. He's been signed to a major label deal, and he's
been touring with bands like the Indigo Girls and Violent Femmes. But as the
title of his independent album, Momentary Setback indicates, 21-year old Marc
has had his ups and downs.
At age 5, after
seeing Back To The Future, Marc was heard trying to sing "Johnny B. Goode"
by his father, Ted Broussard who played in the New Orleans band The Boogie Kings.
Dad taught young Marc the song and brought him on stage to sing it.
By his late teens, Marc was going through some tough times. After a brief stint
with a rock band, he tried in vain to adjust to the regular working world. "I
was just fooling around at home with music," he says. After a friend persuaded
him to play at a local show, Marc met Leah Simon, a record promoter's partner.
"She allowed me to become a full-time musician," he explains. It was
Leah Simon who created the Ripley Records label on which Marc released Momentary
Setback last year, and it was through her contacts that Marc finally came to
the attention of Island/Def Jam Records which signed him. He expects to begin
recording within the next few months.
Regarding the soul roots of his music, Marc says: "Don't get me wrong,
I'm a Cajun through and through. But I have no intention of playing Cajun music
full time." He cites Bill Withers, Donny Hathaway, and Otis Redding among
his influences and if the soul flavor of Momentary Setback is any indication,
his next album will continue in that vein. "I just work out my own niche
and I hope I come up with something nobody's ever heard before." n