Marc Broussard’s soul-injected sixth album is his first self-titled project. His manager suggested naming it so, the Carencro native said a few weeks ago.
“It’s symbolic of the notion that this record is everything I’ve ever wanted in an album,” Broussard said from the Acadiana town that remains his home.
Broussard’s second Atlantic album follows 2008’s Keep Coming Back; 2007’s S.O.S.: Save Our Soul; a 2005 CD for the benefit of Hurricane Katrina victims; 2004’s Island Records release, Carencro; and his 2002 indie project, Momentary Setback.
All of the above as well as his new CD, released last week, appeared before his 30th birthday.
Initial tracks for Marc Broussard were recorded at Dockside Studio outside of Lafayette.
The album’s songs keep Broussard planted in soul and rhythm-and-blues but also feature funk, rock, dance and plaintive balladry.
“That’s my personality in a nutshell,” he said. “I’m not a one-trick pony.”
Broussard gives much credit to the record’s Nashville-based producer, Jamie Kenney.
“Jamie shines in his communication skills,” the singer said. “Some folks in the studio say things just to say things. It’s this Hollywood approach that they’re gonna wow you with words instead of actions and skill.”
Kenney’s producer’s talent includes great ears and instincts.
“He listens more than he looks at the computer screen,” pleased client Broussard said. “He makes sure that it feels right. But there’s a lack of humanity in pop music these days in the rhythm and the drums. It’s the push for perfection. But there’s a way to do it so it sounds good on the radio but there’s still life in it.”
Broussard cites “Eye On The Prize,” an especially Louisiana-sounding song from his new album, as an example of Kenney’s contributions. Inspired by a line spoken by Broussard’s son, Gavin, and originally a slick rhythm-and-blues-style number, “Prize” changed dramatically after Kenney reworked it.
“Jamie said, ?All right, give me a little while in the piano room,’ “ Broussard recalled. “About 10 minutes later, I go in there and he plays me this swampy, dirty piano-driven thing. I was blown away.”
Kenney also cleared whatever studio obstacles existed for Broussard, allowing the artist to concentrate completely on the songs.
“I didn’t have to think about anything other than what I was doing, which is conveying the lyrics,” Broussard said.
Broussard writes lyrics from his life. Sonya, his wife, high-school sweetheart and mother of the couple’s four children, is among his inspirations.
“When I’m writing with co-writers, generally the female in the story is an amalgamation of all of our respective partners, with heavy doses of my wife,” he said.
For his new album, Broussard’s wife sparked the blissful, up-beat love song, “Only Everything (Appletree),” on multiple levels.
“My wife is a big Keith Urban fan,” Broussard said. “Before I wrote that song we were listening to Keith Urban in the car. Keith does these barn-burner, up-tempo songs of the kind that I’d never written. But I love the idea of having an up-tempo tune that’s through the roof. When people hear the groove, they jump up and down.
“So, even though there’s no particular story in ?Only Everything,’ it comes back to my wife.”
Marc Broussard is a record Broussard is proud of and anxious for people to hear.
“It’s like a burning sensation that I’ve had for about a year now, to get this record out,” he said.
Broussard’s current, mostly West Coast tour brings him home to Louisiana July 9 for a show at Harrah’s in New Orleans.
“Yeah, man, we’ve sold Harrah’s out several times. I love the venue and I love the New Orleans crowd. They’re as good as any that we come across.”