For the second week in a row, "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" from Marc Martel's recent holiday release The First Noel EP is the most added song at Christian radio. The song has been played on more than 100 radio stations across the U.S., including Sirius XM and K-LOVE Radio. This is unprecendented for Martel, an intentionally independent singer, songwriter and musician.
Additionally, since The First Noel EP released on November 24 stellar reviews have been coming in about the project. Outlets such as CCM Magazine gave it a 5/5 star review, and they also featured Martel in their Christmas edition of Features On Film with Andrew Greer. Be sure to view the interview here. Below is a highlight of a few reviews:
"...One of Christian music’s most true and rarest talents, Martel doesn’t hold anything back on this short set of Christmas favorites...How is so much substance, style, and range packed into such a brief, six-song project? One name: Marc Martel." - CCM Magazine
"For the second year in a row, Martel and his heavenly pipes are coming together to release some more holiday spirit...If you liked last year's 'The Silent Night EP,' you will greatly enjoy 'The First Noel EP.' Get into the Christmas spirit!" - JesusFreakHideout.com
"Both straightforward and surprising at times, Martel's new Christmas EP 'The First Noel' balances fun and reverence for what is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Here's hoping it's not the last holiday collection to feature Martel, as his voice seems to make the season a little bit brighter. - NewReleaseToday.com
Martel is currently sharing "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" live, along with a few other favorite Christmas songs, on the 6th Annual K-LOVE Christmas Tour. Now in full swing, the 19-city tour will wrap at New York City's historic Beacon Theatre on Sunday, December 17th. Martel appears alongside fellow artists Steven Curtis Chapman, Plumb, and We Are Messengers on the tour. For the most updated schedule and to purchase tickets, please visit KLOVEChristmasTour.com.
On December 11th, Martel is set to perform at Andrew Peterson's "Behold The Lamb Of God" tour. The annual concert, which is already sold out, will be held at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium. On December 19th Martel will headline KSBJ's first-ever Christmas Brown Bag concert in Houston.
The First Noel EP, the second in Martel's special solo series of Christmas music, officially released Friday, Nov. 24 and is available at MarcMartelMusic.com, Amazon, iTunes, and at all of his shows during the holiday season.