Marc Martel once again treats music fans around the world with a new holiday project, Thank God It's Christmas! The six song EP was produced by Martel, Cody Fry (Amy Grant, All Sons & Daughters, Meredith Andrews) and Brent Milligan (David Crowder, Selah,Tauren Wells), which spotlights Christmas favorites done in the Martel style that showcases his outstanding talent and expansive musical range.
"The Christmas Waltz" is the first single and music video from the record, and is another collaboration with the multiple Grammy Award winning artist, Amy Grant. The track is a throwback to simpler times that bring back favorite family memories, and the version by Martel and Grant would make the original performers, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, very proud.
Besides additional classic tunes on Thank God It's Christmas!, which includes the title track, "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day," and "White Christmas," Martel has another surprise for his fans. He performs a brand new recreation of Lauren Daigle's debut single in 2013, "Light of The World," and Martel's dynamic vocal range brings a new spirit to the beloved song. And Martel gives another interpretation of a Queen performance, as in the 1980's "Thank God It's Christmas" single was the only holiday offereing in the career of the rock band.
Martel's 2019 Christmas single, "Silver Bells," reached the top of the charts at Billboard's Monitored AC and Mediabase AC Christian charts. The project was a partnership with Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant and Martel, and was the number one most added AC song three weeks straight, received airplay on nearly 90 radio stations, had the biggest audience for a new Christmas song, and had exclusive premieres on People.com and Parade Magazine. Martel also joined Smith and Grant on their 2019 multi-city holiday tour as their special guest.
About Marc Martel
Long before his YouTube videos went viral, spawning an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and a performance with the surviving members of Queen on American Idol, Marc Martel spent 13 years recording and touring the globe with Canadian rockers Downhere. After hearing about a contest spearheaded by the actual members of Queen, the front man almost passed on the opportunity to enter, but with some prodding he casually cut a version of "Somebody To Love" in 2011, and with 30 million cumulative YouTube and Facebook views later, Martel was declared the victor. Fast forward to 2019, and Martel has forged for himself a unique and diverse career. Amongst other accolades, he started his own Queen tribute show called The Ultimate Queen Celebration, which tours all over the world, including a Germany/Austria/Switzerland run in 2020. In 2018, Martel was called upon to be one of the voices of Freddie Mercury in the Twentieth Century Fox film, "Bohemian Rhapsody", which has not only opened up touring opportunities that have him playing to sold out crowds, but has led to features by the New York Times, Good Morning America, and hundreds of other publications.
Additionally, each Christmas Martel releases EPs of traditional holiday songs recorded with a fresh perspective and sound. The last four radio singles from these albums have garnered him Top 10 chart positioning on Billboard's Monitored AC Christian chart. "Silver Bells" is Martel's first-ever No. 1 career single featured on his previous album, The Christmas Collection (Music City Management/Fuel Music). Now with more than 150 million YouTube views later, and a massive fan online following, Martel is quickly becoming a recognizable name.