Born in the Netherlands, Marcel Van Dam got his first stage experience at the age of ten. Since then he has appeared live in concert as well as in studio and on radio and television.
Twenty years ago, after beginning to play classical guitar, he moved to France where he had several first roles in French musicals. After a collaboration with Francis Cabrel (one of the most successful french artists of the past thirty years) Marcel started to write songs in French, using his fine finger-style guitar technique.
His main influences are James Taylor, Johnny Cash and Norah Jones. In 2011 he moved to New York for one year and performed in famous venues such as The Living Room, Rockwood Music Hall and Joe's Pub. In 2008 he created his own children musical with songs on environmental issues. A professional musician since 2002, Marcel is playing gigs at both small venues and big festivals.
Among the many awards and prizes he has garnered are:
- First prize: Impul'sons organized by the newspaper L'Est Républicain (2010) - Prize SACEM (équivalent of ASCAP): Young Talent (2007) - Public's prize compétition Chanson Française organized by the Alliance Française Amsterdam (2006) - First prize songwriting competition organized by Utopia- Besançon (2005) - Second prize compétition Chanson Française organized by the Alliance Française Amsterdam (2004)
What they said:
"Listening to Marcel is like taking some fresh air." Malika Bellari, classical singer
"...a real personality!" Gilles Machu, Director France 3 Lorraine-Champagne-Ardenne
"...lovely songs, an enchanting voice!" Lenny Kuhr, singer and jury président of concours de la chanson française of the french alliance in the Netherlands.
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