M.Soul

About M.Soul


M.SOUL, Né Marcel Soulodre, 

is a musician, singer-songwriter, born in Saint-Boniface (Canada)
his father of French origin and mother of English and 
American extraction. 

Nurtured since childhood on the traditional music played by 
his parents, it was on his grandmother’s piano that he began
playing music at 6 years of age.
In his teens, he received his first guitar but it wasn’t until
the age of 21, after a near fatal car accident, that M.Soul
began to seriously play music and also to learn the
French language of his father.
His first group ‘The Ministers of Soul’, played the clubs 
of Winnipeg extensively and it was during that time that he
encountered some Cajun musicians at the ‘Festival du Voyageur’.
Seeking them out in Louisiana, M.Soul dove headlong into
their music and their culture and it was this long journey
which sparked his deep desire to compose his own songs 
beginning in English and then very soon in French.
M.Soul accomplishments have been many. 
Between 1987 to 1990, he composed music and songs for five plays
for the theatre ‘Le Cercle Molière’. 
He recorded his first album ‘Marcel Soul’ in 1986 
and won ‘Song of the Year’ for CBC Manitoba with
‘Ain’t Times Tough’ in 1990.
In 1993 he won the award for best singer-songwriter for the
‘Gala de la chanson du Manitoba’ followed by best
singer-songwriter at ‘Le Chant Ouest’ in Vancouver 
as well the award for best song ‘King Louis’ and was 
invited to perform at Le Festival International de la 
Chanson de Granby (Québec).
He subsequently made the acquaintance of a journalist in 
Saint-Boniface, a native of the Alsace region in France.
Together they began an ongoing partnership that produced nearly 
a hundred songs such as ‘Au pays de la radio’ to celebrate 
the 50th anniversary of RadioCanada Manitoba CKSB in 1996.
In 1996, he and his Cajun friends were invited to perform 
at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and 
in 1997 he was invited to sing his songs the 'Expo-langues'
at La Villette in Paris.
This was his first visit to France.
He also performed in Strasbourg, Lyon Toulouse, Angoulême 
and Nantes.
That same year he composed and performed ‘Giddy Up’ live 
on national television for the opening ceremonies of the 
Canada Summer Games in Brandon (Manitoba).
In 1999 he was chosen to sing ‘City of the Plains’ by 
composer Victor Davies for the opening ceremonies of the
Pan Am Games in Winnipeg before 500 million viewers.
In 2000, released the albums ‘Giddy Up’ and ‘Que je recommence’, 
the later winning a Western Canadian Music award for
outstanding francophone album.
In 2002, the idea came to M.Soul of creating a show paying homage
to the life and songs of Johnny Cash.
Attributing the song ‘I Still Miss Someone’ as being the impetus 
to opening the door to the universe of Johnny Cash,
M.Soul created a 2 hour performance rich with details
of the life of Johnny Cash, the ‘50’-‘60’s-‘70’s and of
his own personal experiences as a child growing up in Winnipeg.
A tour of three weeks was scheduled for September 2003. 
With the passing of Cash on the eve of the tour, 
what was to be 3 weeks became an intense 3 years traveling
throughout Canada and the USA.
‘Wanted Man – A Tribute to Johnny Cash’ continued to tour
with over 300 shows in North America and Europe.
In 2009, after several visits to France, M.Soul decided to 
settle in Strasbourg, France
Starting a new career on the other side of the Atlantic 
is no easy matter but M.Soul quickly found himself talented 
musicians to perform and participate in festivals throughout
Europe with shows in Germany (Country Nuremberg), 
France (West Country Festival-Bain de Bretagne), 
Switzerland (Country Festival Interlaken), Belgium (Cerexhe).
M.Soul returns every year to his northern native land, 
happy to visit friends, fans and family and to tour 
with his ever faithful Canadian musical team.

DISCOGRAPHY

–  Marcel SOUL (1986)  cassette

–  Gates OF Heaven (1990)  cassette

–  The Chapel Sessions (1992)  cassette

–  Marcel Soulodre (1994)  cassette

–  J’avais dans les yeux (1995)

–  Que je recommence (1999)

–  Giddy Up (1999)

–  Wanted Man (2005) M.Soul Sings The Songs Of Johnny Cash

–  Sur le chemin des rencontres (2007)

–  Let It Go : EP (Avril 2013)

–  Don’t Take Your Guns To Town (2013) Songs Of J. Cash

–  This Time The Girl’s In Trouble (2016)

–  New album :

‘ Hello out There le Manitoba vous répond’  September 9th 2022

 

Hello Out There le Manitoba vous répond.

Listen to the songs on line:

SOUNDCLOUD  https://on.soundcloud.com/U6Pi

BANDCAMP  https://bit.ly/3egDcf5

SPOTIFY    https://spoti.fi/3KBLF8S

APPLE https://apple.co/3TKqhCG

AMAZON  https://amzn.to/3AZNf07

But also live,

Official release on

September 9th 2022 at the Pôle culturel de Drusenheim

Click on the picture to see a video from the first song :

‘Swingtime Baby’

 

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