One of the most influential music groups of the past decades was the legendary group out of Philly, “Boys 2 Men.” Their mellow sounds and hit songs like “I’ll Make Love to You” and “Song for Mama” made the group one of the most popular of the era of the boy bands. Surprisingly enough, one of the co founders of the supergroup , Marc Nelson didn’t stick around for the ride. He chose to work with the iconic music producer, Kenneth “Babyface.” Edmonds and is responsible for such hits as “Count on Me” 15 Minutes” and a cover of Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” . Recently, I had the chance to sit and chat with Marc about his incredible journey through show business and his expectations for the future.
“I don’t consider myself an actor.” Marc explained. This is how he views himself as an actor compared to people like Denzel Washington and Idris Elba. He seems to like theatre very well and fits in very comfortably as a dramatic actor. Currently he is in rehearsal for “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” which opens on September 9 in Indiana. With his musical background , he has two dream roles. He wants to play Jean Val Jean in “Les Miserables.” He also said that he has always loved the music from “West Side Story” and would love to play Tony. “I have always wanted to sing , “Tonight.” on stage. With his experiences on stage and film, he wouldn’t mind trying television next. “I definitely wouldn’t turn down a role on Empire.” he laughed.
We also discussed Marc’s music as well. His musical influences include Babyface and the group New Edition. He considers Babyface his mentor and greatest influence. “He taught me how to write a song and put together an album. One of the greatest honors of my life was when he asked me to write a song for him. I remember calling my mom on the phone and screaming it to her. It was one of the most exciting days of my life.” After leaving Boys2 Men, Marc continued his music with the group Az Yet. He has also just dropped his newest single, “Wishing You the Worst.” “It’s about a man who lets a woman go to another man and has the hope that she is treated rotten. If she is treated rotten, then she will come back to him.” Marc has also returned to his original creation , Boys 2 Men for the purpose of touring. He considers his return to the group,”surreal,”a healing experience” and a series of blessings.”
In the future, Marc plans to be the host of a show called the “Nineties R and B Experience.” It plans to spotlight great groups of the nineties. He also will be hosting an open mike night where the winner will get the honor of performing with one of those groups. When he isn’t performing , Marc likes to just do housework and cook. That includes his favorite type of food, soul food! But Marc also enjoys reading and learning . “Right now I am learning French.” For this super talented performer, the sky is truly the limit.