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Canadian Marc Martel is the Reincarnation of Freddy Mercury
September 26, 2011
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At 2.6 million views, you might have already seen this YouTube video from last week, of Montreal-born Marc Martel auditioning for Queen drummer Roger Taylor's "The Queen Extravaganza" live touring band. If you've yet to see the clip, and you're intrigued by the idea of listening to a singer who can match the soaring, honeyed, silkily raw power of the late Freddy Mercury, one of the most storied and mustachioed rock and roll frontmen of all time - then give it a watch.

Pretty great, right? And if you have any possible lingering doubts about the man's ability to channel Freddy Mercury, check out this clip of Martel doing an equally amazing cover of "Bohemian Rhapsody", backed by a church choir in New Jersey in 2008. It's a stunner.

And it don't stop! What's a Queen tribute singer without "We Will Rock You" in his vocal arsenal?

Fans of Christian rock might have already recognized the 34-year-old Martel as the lead singer of three-time Juno winners Downhere. That's them up on stage with him in the clip above.

Downhere, founded by Martel and drummer Jeremy Thiessen at Briercrest Bible College in Caronport, Saskatchewan in 1998, has since relocated to Tennessee. To get a sense of their sound, here's the video for "Let Me Rediscover You", off their new record, On the Altar of Love.

Although if this whole "Queen Extravanganza" thing breaks Martel's way - and you've got to think it will - Downhere might want to get ready for the impending "indefinite hiatus".


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