Adrian Marcel Is Bringing The Blues Back To R&B

Exclusive: Oakland, Calif., singer/songwriter on his upbeat new single "2AM" and the crucial element contemporary R&B is missing
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    Adrian Marcel
May 02, 2014 -- 9:42 am PDT
By GRAMMY.com

Singer/songwriter Adrian Marcel recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Marcel discussed his new single "2AM" and upcoming album, Weak After Next, and the state of R&B, among other topics.

"I feel like R&B is missing the blues in a lot of ways," said Marcel. "I don't feel people want to hear what they used to hear in R&B, but I feel like they want to feel what they used to feel in R&B."

An Oakland, Calif., native Marcel has drawn comparisons to GRAMMY-nominated R&B singers El DeBarge and Al B. Sure! He attended Oakland School for the Arts and earned support from fellow Bay Area native and GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Raphael Saadiq. After inking a a deal with Republic Records in 2013, Marcel released his debut single "Waiting," which was later featured on his debut EP, 7 Days Of Weak. Executive produced by Saadiq, 7 Days Of Weak features seven tracks co-written by Marcel, including "My Life" and a remix of "Waiting" featuring GRAMMY-nominated rapper Wale.

In February Marcel released his latest single "2AM," which features Bay Area rapper Sage The Gemini. The single is expected to be featured on his upcoming album, Weak After Next, which is scheduled for release later this year. 

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