“The night's so black here without her, at six a.m. she'll still be gone. I close my eyes and try to find her 'cause I just want the refuge of her arms but right now...it's midnight here in Carolina.”
J. Marc's first radio single, "Just To Hang Around" came about back in 2005 and was a great representation of his love of Rodeo Rock & Roll. His influences range from Willie Nelson, George Strait, and Merle Haggard to AC/DC, Def Leppard and Bryan Adams. He says that, "Although I love good solid Rock N Roll, Country has always been at the heart of things for me." One artist in particular really influenced him and struck a chord - Chris LeDoux.
Marc says, "I have been asked from time to time why I "idolize" him and my response is simple - I Don't. Chris LeDoux was about as down to earth, genuine, sincere and solid as a man comes. I respect what he did and how he did it. I respect the way he held true to his roots for better or worse. His music was about the simple life of a real cowboy in an era where he possibly was one of the "Last of a Dyin' Breed". He didn't sing about cheating and most of his songs put a smile on your face when you were down. There was nothing more soothing and peaceful than listening to "Powder River Home" or "Western Skies" as you sat around the campfire with your friends and family on a deer hunt in the high Uintah Mountains just East of Heber City, Utah. He had a tremendous influence on me so the music I choose to write and record I can only hope reflects that."
With the success of the "Just To Hang Around" album Marc had the opportunity to share the stage with some of the great names in country music including: Little Texas, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Diamond Rio, Sawyer Brown, Restless Heart, Phil Vassar, Deanna Carter, Gary Allan, The Little River Band, Brian White, Earl Thomas Conley, Highway 101, Ryan Shuppe, and .38 Special to name a few.
"Riding The Storm" was Marc's first official album release back in 2002 and there were several follow up projects after "Just To Hang Around" one of them was an titled "Unbroken" which was never released due to Marc taking time away from his career as an artist to pursue other things and spend time with his family.
He has been involved with many different parts of the music industry - producing, arranging, writing, engineering, promoting, booking, but he admits that, "nothing can compare to the feeling of performing live and connecting with friends who feel the way you do about things. One of the biggest thrills I have ever experienced was the first time I looked down and saw a grinning face singing along with every word of a song that I had written and was performing, I lost my place and totally forgot my lyrics - WHAT A RUSH!"
Over the past two years, between finishing up writing and recording songs he felt he left undone and writing some exciting new material such as the breakout single, "Midnight Here In Carolina", Marc has made his return to country music. He says, "Wow... it's been a while. So much life has taken place. Highs and lows. Good times and bad times. Bumps and Bruises and I'm definitely Black & Blue but the best part of being black and blue is it means you took the beating, you're healing up and the sun is getting ready to break through the clouds.
I'm beyond excited to be back at it working on the new Project "I Can't Stop You" and I can't wait to reveal some of the new material! Looking forward to an awesome 2019!"