His thirties might be a threat that's still five years off, but Marc Broussard's voice sounds twice its age when in blue-eyed-soul character.
Broussard's third LP, S.O.S.: Save Our Soul, hit stores last month. It's a leap of faith in image (goodbye, peach fuzz; hello, Brokeback Mountain) and in sound (Seventies soul juice on tap instead of bayou swamp water). But it's one of mind as well, for the singer/songwriter is now "thankfully free" of Island Records' major-label chains and off to add a little youth to the Vanguard Records corps.
The son of Boogie Kings guitarist and Louisiana Hall of Famer Ted Broussard, Marc grew up on a diet of northern soul crooners such as Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder before moving on to Prince and Brian McKnight. No absent father was Ted, who often dragged his preschool-age son onstage to sing "Johnny B. Goode," and, much later, contributed session work to Marc's first solo album, the rather aptly titled Momentary Setback.
Marc Broussard's Soul Revue
Marc Broussard's Soul Revue performs Thursday, July 5, at Studio A, 60 NE 11th St, Miami. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15. Call 305-358-7625, or visit www.studioamiami.com.
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In his far-better-received second LP, Carencro, Broussard tabled the bayou-sloshing "Home," which Kelly Clarkson often covered during her Addicted summer tour. At that time, Broussard was all about becoming the next Prince, but with S.O.S. he has settled into a breezy, feel-good trip. "I want to take what was beautiful and right about old-school soul and make it alive again," he says. "Soul music grew out of the church, out of gospel, but somewhere along the way it lost its heart. I want to give that heart -- the good vibes, the happiness, the love -- back to the music and back to the people, whether it's a new generation who've never heard what genuine soul sounds like or listeners who grew up on it."