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Marc Martel on the Ellen DeGeneres show; more about Marc, his singing, and his band, Downhere

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Downhere’s Marc Martel appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday, and fans are raving about his performance. Mostly, about how much he sounds like Freddy Mercury, which is a good thing since he’s getting all of this attention for his audition tape for the Queen Extravaganza.

The thing is that Christian music fans have known about Marc Martel for a long time, and he’s more than just a Freddy Mercury vocal reincarnation. He’s a talented singer and songwriter in his own right.


Here are 5 things you might not know about Marc Martel:

1) He’s one of the lead vocalists for the Christian rock band, Downhere. Downhere was formed in January of 1999, when best friends Marc Martel and Jason Germain (vocals/guitar/keyboards) needed a band to promote an album they did as a school project at Briercrest Bible College in Caronport, Saskatchewan, Canada. The band also includes Jeremy Theissen (drums) and Glenn Lavender (bass). (And here’s another tidbit of trivia: Glenn also has a side project, Hark The Herons.)

2) Downhere got their first record deal after a representative from Word Records sent the band an email after hearing an mp3 of one of their songs on the internet. The band thought it was a joke and blew it off at first. They eventually signed to Word Records. (The band is currently signed to Centricity Records.)


3) Downhere has released several albums and won too many awards count, including Juno Awards (the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy), Covenant Awards, Vibe Awards, Prairie Music Awards and Dove Awards.

4) Marc’s vocal talents aren’t limited to just rock. He’s also been studying opera singers. Check out his performance of “Nessun Dorma”:

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5) Downhere is currently on “The Called To Love” tour with Aaron Shust and Jason Gray, in support of their latest album, On The Altar of Love. Here’s the video for the single, “Let Me Rediscover You”:


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Oh, and ladies? Yes, Marc is married to beautiful Crystal Koster Martel.

You can learn more about Marc Martel and the band Downhere on their website.

And if you’re already a fan of Downhere, why not take a minute to leave a comment to tell newcomers what you love best about the band – and of course, Marc.

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Jeff Bryan

posted October 4, 2011 at 3:19 pm

I met Marc and the band in early 2001 when they stopped in Warsaw Indiana on their way down to Nashville. In fact Marc stayed in our house while they visited and perforformed at the church we went to. We stayed up one night and watched Red Green and he was blown away that an American would know about Canada’s national treasure.

Anyways, Marc, Jason, Glenn and Jeremy are all very talented and it’s no surprise about Marc singing a Freddy Mercury song because that was one of the first things we noticed about his voice is the similarity in there voices. Good luck Marc and Downhere and more importantly God bless!

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posted October 4, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Downtown is excellent and Marc’s voice is unbelievable. Read about Marc’s Queen song on and had to take a look. I am always in awe of someone who can do Freddy Mercury justice. Then I noticed the Nessun Dorma clip. I don’t care if someone likes opera or not, Nessun Dorma what all opera wants to be and Marc did a superb job of it. Then I noticed the clip of Downtown singing”Let me rediscover you.” Wow. I grew up as a christian who liked “the Devil’s music.” I mostly thought christian music was dull, repetative and lacked soul. Much of the new christian music has finally arived at a point that many people actually enjoy it for the music, rather than as a safe substitute for the family. Let me Rediscover You, by Downtown, is a class above is instantly addictive and is in a class of it’s own. If you are every in the Jacksonville, Florida area, I know of a few churches that would love to have you play.

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posted May 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Amazing singer! wonderful band! I really enjoy what he does with Downhere!I follow them from France and I wish i could be in the USA to watch them live, in concert.

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posted June 4, 2012 at 12:51 pm

So… it’s about being a commercial success huh?

Will Marc be singing about how Fat Bottom girls make the rocking world go round?

What about Bohemian about killing people?

Maybe Good Old Fashioned Loverboy?

The best might be Get down make love.

I suck your mind, you blow my head… get down inside my bed… everybody get down make love….

I think he should stick to making Downhere music no matter what.

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posted February 24, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Wow this is awesome! Not only for musicians but also for documentation purposes.

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