Fun Facts About Me
(Singer of vintage and classical music, songwriter, artist's model,
facilitator of the healing arts.)
How long have you been singing?
I have been singing for as long as I can remember. It is something that I have always done. It made sense. It fit. Music is the one thing I have always known how to "do." I would spend hours in my room as a child singing, recording and writing songs. It was my sanctuary.
So it was no surprise when I was in the 5th grade and we could choose an instrument and be in the band the following year, I jumped on the "band-wagon" so to speak. From there, my life as a singing musician began and it has been that way ever since.
In college, I learned classical/operatic singing. I was trained to sing in French, Italian, German and Latin. I love singing in foreign language!
Where have you performed?
Europe, Canada and the United States. (A more detailed list can be found below.)
You're a lover of vintage music?
I love it!!! It's beautiful! It's passionate! It tells a story! Ever since I began formally studying opera/classical music at the age of 18, I've been hooked. It opened me to a world of music; especially music of Europe. I became immersed in the art music of France, Italy, Germany, Portugal and Spain spanning from the the 1800s to present day.
There is something very raw and organic about the music prior to the 1970's. There was no "synthesizing" or very, very little. To me, there is power and beauty in the "naked" voice and "naked" instruments. No manipulation or synthesized sounds.
You can hear into the person's soul.
I believe vintage music gives us permission to be ourselves. We live in a very synthetic society - our foods, communication, music and entertainment has mostly been modified and/or manipulated. Many times we don't know what is real or synthetic. Vintage music reminds us of the raw, the real and the tangible.
I also have a deep appreciation of vintage and contemporary South American, African and American art music.
Who are some of your favorite artists?
Edith Piaf, Dalida, Josephine Baker, Eartha Kitt, Mariza, Ana Moura, Dulce Pontes, Bebel Gilberto, Nina Simone, Ella Mae Morse, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera...
Goodness!!! Let's see...French Chanson, Fado, Bossa Nova, early Jazz, early Blues, Opera.
They feel good to listen to and are delicious to sing!!!
Where's the English?
Ha! I do sing in English, but French is my most favorite language to sing. My mouth likes it! I also love to sing Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and German. I have also sung in Latin and Russian.
Why are you so passionate about singing?
When words are too powerful to be just spoken, they are sung.
Music is one of the many ways we experience the beauty that is within us expressed in auditory form. Through the listening of music, people are reminded that life is beautiful - that people can and do create beauty. That people are beautiful at their core. They have only forgotten.
Now is the hour of rememberence!!!
So you're going to change the world with "beauty"?
Do I have that power? I'm not sure. But, can I remind people and tell people they are beautiful? YES! Those who believe in their fundamental ugliness and the world's fundamental ugliness will take action and engage in behaviors that reinforce their beliefs. People who know they are beautiful, believe in Universal beauty, will create and express accordingly.
I don't have one. There is too much yumminess out there!
Again. How is that even possible?
If you could live anywhere else, where would you live?
Somewhere in Italy and somewhere in France.
What is your sign?
I'm an Aries, baby! Go Rams!
What is your favorite type of wine?
Red. Typically Shiraz/syrah. Yummy!
Grand Marnier. Cointreau. Yummy!
Anything else you would like to add?
Love, love, love!
Love the planet.
Love is all there is.
Brief Performing Arts Bio
Marquel has toured Europe, Canada and the United States. She performed in various opera houses and music halls in Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Hungary, Finland, The Netherlands and Denmark. She has performed at The Winspear Opera House with The Dallas Opera, The Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas, TX), The Wortham (Houston, TX), and Bass Performance Hall (Fort Worth, TX). She has sung with the Opera Company of Brooklyn, Abilene Opera Association, Fort Worth Opera Company, Opera North(NH) and the Shreveport Lyric Opera. Her opera roles include Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Carmen in Carmen, Suzuki, Madame Butterfly, Magda Sorel in The Consul as well as several others. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2003 with Pacific Opera Company. Marquel has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Festival International Nuits D’afrique de Montreal, Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival in Kelwona, British Columbia and the AfrikaDay! Music Festival in Calgary, Alberta.
While living in New York City, performed in some of the most popular clubs including Zinc Bar, Bowery Ballroom and The Knitting Factory.
Marquel currently sings with the Dallas Opera Chorus and sings with Flamenco Y Mas monthly at Mercy Wine Bar in Addison, TX.
She resides in DFW, TX