Broussard's high octane take-off uses no formula at all. Instead he offers a blend of abilities, styles and enthusiasms uniquely adapted to himself on his debut album, Carencro. He calls himself "a white boy singing soul music." But that's deceptive because his music draws from everything he's absorbed. "I feel like I've melded a bunch of things together that people haven't focused on for a long time." In his songs can be heard influences and accents ranging from soul men like Stevie Wonder and Brian McKnight to Louisiana icons like Johnny Allan and G.G. Shin to road warriors like Dave Matthews. What the 22-year old Broussard takes from all of this is a sense of craft and above all, great depth of feeling. That's what makes him so soulful. Well, that and his husky baritone with a range similar to Wonder, or another influence, Donny Hathaway. Like them, Broussard moves up and down the scales without any sign of effort—the hard work he puts into his music isn't meant to show. When it comes to music, Broussard is like a bayou rendition of The Natural.
Broussard places no limit on his ambition. "The kind of artist I'd like to evolve into is Prince," he says. "My ambition is to do the whole thing as well as I can and have people dig it. I want to be a true entertainer." Just don't count on it happening in a predictable way . Marc Broussard is from a place off the maps of conventional pop culture. He might just force us to draw some new ones before he's done.
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