MARCEL SMITH – EVERYBODY NEEDS LOVE
Marcel Smith‘s debut solo album, Everybody Needs Love, marks the belated emergence of a commanding, massively talented vocalist who’s been honing his skills on the gospel circuit for decades. Everybody Needs Loveshowcases a persuasively soulful voice that’s been burnished through years of high-energy performances.
Marcel Smith’s impeccable sense of history is reflected in some of his more inventive choices of material on Everybody Needs Love, e.g. the Sam Cooke chestnut “Keep Moving On,” the timelessly relevant “Poor Man’s Struggle,” the Bobby Womack classic “Harry Hippie” and the gospel standard “This Little Light of Mine.” Smith doesn’t consider Everybody Needs Love a gospel album so much as he regards it as “inspirational music.” Whatever one calls it, the long-overdue solo debut is a stylistically adventurous collection that showcases Marcel Smith’s transcendent talent, boundless passion, and deep soul fervor.”I record songs that make people think,” the artist comments. “I want people to be inspired by the songs. These songs are to encourage people that even when things are bad, it’s gonna be alright and not always going to be bad. We are in it together, we have each other to draw from and support. This is the nature of the album, to allow listeners to reflect on their own lives and see their own center.”