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Backstage Pass

by Marc Andre

Marc Andre’s “Backstage Pass” delivers a creative and eclectic blend of piano, guitars, electronics, thick harmonies, and insightful lyrics...
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1. Intro
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2. Pull Through
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3. Supposed To Be
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4. Hurricane
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5. After Everything
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6. Making of a Rock Star
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7. Fooled
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8. A Thousand Gods
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9. By Now
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10. Ladder
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11. Backstage Pass
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Marc Andre’s “Backstage Pass” delivers a creative and eclectic blend of piano, guitars, electronics, thick harmonies, and insightful lyrics. Marc’s style has evolved exponentially over the years. Throughout high school and college, he produced several hip-hop albums and as time went on, "rhymes" soon became melodies, drum machines and loops were replaced with heavier live instrumentation and eventually, a new more rock rooted sound emerged. His most recent CD, "Backstage Pass," was co-produced by Nashville native Dave Bechtel (Ascend Productions) and was released in November of 2004. Some of Marc's musical influences include Coldplay, RadioHead, Keane, Muse, among others. A number of Nashville studio players comprise the band of "Backstage Pass," including Mark Baldwin (guitar), Jerry McPherson (guitar), Craig Nelson (bass), Steve Brewster (drums), and the Nashville String Machine. Much of “Backstage Pass” was recorded at Dark Horse Recording in Nashville, TN and was engineered by Nashville-based veteran Doug Sarett.

Marc is currently working on a new project, set to release in 2011.

“Marc Andre and his band are energetic and passionate about their music and subject matter. Memorial Chapel at King College exploded with energy and gospel vision during their concert on campus last fall. Students, and even a few faculty, were thrilled with the bands musical skills and their ability to communicate the good news in fresh and provocative terms.”

Errol G Rohr Chaplain, King College, Bristol, TN

"For all you purists who believe that a musician should stick to a single genre, I have just two words, Marc Andre. With his sophomore project, "Backstage Pass," Andre effectively showcases his proficiency in emo, hip hop, and indie-fied prog rock. Deep, emotional songs like "Hurricane" employ rich swelling strings, while more upbeat tunes such as "Making of a Rock Star," draws on Andre's hip hop roots. Whether you feel like laughing or crying, mourning or dancing, chances are there's a song on "Backstage Pass" to fit your mood."

Mary Parker Grassroots Music.com

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Mary Parker (Grassrootsmusic.com)

Backstage Pass has multi-genre appeal
For all you purists who believe that a musician should stick to a single genre, I have just two words, Marc Andre. With his sophomore project, "Backstage Pass," Andre effectively showcases his proficiency in emo, hip hop, and indie-fied prog rock.

Deep, emotional songs like "Hurricane" employ rich swelling strings, while more upbeat tunes such as "Making of a Rock Star," draws on Andre's hip hop roots. Whether you feel like laughing or crying, mourning or dancing, chances are there's a song on "Backstage Pass" to fit your mood. Marc Andre pays homage to bands such as Switchfoot and Evanescence without totally ripping them off.

Nashville session players Mark Baldwin (guitar), Jerry McPherson (guitar), Craig Nelson (bass), Steve Brewster (drums), and the Nashville String Machine lift this project above the norm for an indie project.
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Jeff McCann

Backstage Pass is an album that any artist big or small should be immensely prou
I started off my little review writing session thinking I'd like to review a album. But since there were none available, I picked up Marc Andre's sophmore project, Backstage Pass and decided to give it a shot. It's been sitting here far too long and I owe it to Marc to check out his album.

I was expecting a sort of hiphop/singer/songwriter style akin to Paul Wright or Mat Kearney, but was surprised (pleasantly). Even though I love those two artists, Marc has a cool progressive rock style. Think Coldplay and Evanescence (strings and drama) but with smoother vocals and more harmony. What a great sound, check out the song Hurricane. The lyrics evoke huge emotion and seem to build the same tension as an approaching hurricane with a big and grand finish.

I've mentioned Coldplay, but Marc harkens to a lot of other artists for inspiration and musical wisdom. Marc draws inspiration from artists like Switchfoot, Goo Goo Dolls, Pink Floyd and Evanescence.

Mark's ballads are just as uplifting and passionate as his ability to rock, check out Supposed to Be and A Thousand Gods for something a little more low key and thoughtful. Marc's sense of humour shows through on The Making of a Rockstar, where Mark pokes fun at rockstar wannabes who think they are bigger stars than they really are.

I only have one complaint, it's not really a complaint, just an observation. I felt the need to crank up my subwoofer throughout the whole CD, I'm not sure if bass was lacking in the final mix or if it was just the sound that Marc was aiming for. However, having said that the production of the CD is incredible and well executed. The effects are well done, and few and far between (exactly how effects should be)

Backstage Pass is an album that any artist big or small should be immensely proud of, I hope Marc continues to make (and send me) great music to review in the future! All in all, I hope Marc's album enjoys the success it deserves. Grab a copy of Marc's album while he's still an indie artist!
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Cor Jan @ Melodic.net

This sophmore release is much better and rockier than his first effort. This guy
I have been listening to this album for some time now and i must say that this guy really surprised me. His first release "Dishes" back in 2001 was a mixture of rock, pop, hip-hop and other styles, so not a very consistent album. This sophmore release is much better and rockier than his first effort. This guy can be up there at the top of christian music in the future with people like Michael W. Smith, Mark Schultz and DC Talk. Best songs are the heavy rocker "Pull through" (style late-DC Talk), the ballad "Hurricane" (Mark Schultz/M.W.Smith), "Fooled" (funky, melodic poprocker!) and the ballad "A thousand gods". The album is well-produced and the musicians are all wellknown like Jerry McPherson, Eric Darken, Mark Baldwin, Steve Brewster, Craig Nelson and The Nashville String Machine, who worked with lots of top christian performers like Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith. So all in all a very good album. Do yourself a favor and go over to CD-Baby and buy yourself a copy!
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Janet

five stars for Marc Andre
This CD is very uplifting especially if you are in need of some encouragement. My favorite song on the album is Hurricane. It is a wonderful album and I give it a good recommendation.
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Aaron Beck / The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, OH)

Andre's strong voice will make a listener a believer, especially on tunes such a
Andre, from Columbus, has released his second album, Backstage Pass. Recorded in the cradle of Christian Rock -- Franklin, Tenn., near Nashville -- the songs recall the sound of the power balladeers the Goo Goo Dolls and the spacey, synthesized "whoosh" of Boston, while the heartfelt sentiments can be traced to Richard Marx. Andre's strong voice will make a listener a believer, especially on tunes such as Supposed to Be and After Everything. (Columbus Dispatch Weekender, January 6th, 2005, pg. 8)
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The Other Paper (Columbus, OH)

Andre polishes up his college kid rock with tasty studio flourishes and clever a
Marc Andre looks like the kind of guy that says "dude" a lot. However, the mistake in judging a book by its cover is part of what makes Backstage Pass such a surprise. It might not be a classic, but Andre polishes up his college kid rock with tasty studio flourishes and clever arrangements. (The Other Paper, December 9-15, 2004, pg. 25)
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I listen to a lot of christian karioke? honestly i'm just burnt out on all of it. This project I will predict will make it to the Top of the charts... providing he can perform as well as the project sounds, I would give a(5) if it is even close to the live performance.Well done my brother.Sincerely the "INDUSTRY"
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