"10 Artists You Need to Know" - Rolling Stone
"Marcel is going against the grain to prove that Rhythm and Blues is not dead" - XXL
"Marcel remains one of R&B's most promising new artists" - Singersroom
"Ladies love Adrian Marcel. The singer hailing from East Oakland has been working hard to prove that he is keeping the spirit of R&B music alive, and it's paying off handsomely." - KarenCivil.com
During our recent chat with rising R&B singer Adrian Marcel we delved in to his forthcoming debut album, which is titled ‘Got Me F’d Up‘ or GMFU for short, due out early 2015 via Republic Records. After releasing two very impressive free mixtapes, 7 Days of Weak and Weak After Next, the Oakland native has…Read More
"Oakland native Adrian Marcel, embodies everything that R&B has been missing." - GIANT
There’s no leaving the Bay Area. No matter how far away you might move, if you grew up in Oakland, you’ll bring it with you. The city boasts a proud musical legacy including Sly Stone, Keyshia Cole, John Lee Hooker, and countless others. Even Tupac spent some crucial time there. Keep in mind, all of those artists paid respect to those very same streets. Singer and songwriter Adrian Marcel carries that spirit with him wherever he goes. That charm helped catapult “2AM” [featuring Sage The Gemini] to national notoriety in 2014. This breakout single soared to #4 on the iTunes Top R&B Songs Chart and garnered an astounding 14 million-plus YouTube/VEVO views in less than six months, announcing the arrival of a new voice in the process.
At the same time, Marcel released the critically lauded Weak After Next mixtape. Executive produced and hosted by fellow Bay native and modern soul trailblazer Raphael Saadiq, the collection boasted appearances by Kelly Rowland, Casey Veggies, Snoop Dogg, and more as well as a slew of striking R&B bangers. Along the way, BET named him a “Music Matters” artist, while Rolling Stone called him “One To Watch”. He even hit the road supporting Keyshia Cole and Elle Varner.
Marcel first broke out of the Bay Area with his 7 Days Of Weak mixtape in 2013. Also co-signed by Saadiq, it spawned “Waiting”. That track went on to serve as his first official single, and it also introduced audiences to his striking signature vocal prowess. Moreover, tastemakers and audiences alike began buzzing about him.
However, 2015 sees him reach the next level. Fueled by his second soulful single “Spending The Night Alone”, Marcel fully defines his enigmatic and engaging sound, merging stirring and sexy production from Rico Love and Jim Jonsin with dynamic vocal delivery. It also paves the way for his full-length debut for Republic Records/El Seven Recordings due early 2015.
All eyes are on Marcel now, and they will be for a long time to come.