Your chance to hear Marc The Voice
by Julia Collins
Eagle-eyed TV talent show viewers
may have spotted one of Ramsgate’s own taking part in auditions for
Singer Marc Eden (right) got
down to the last 40 out of 65,000 hopefuls and brief clips of his
performance were shown during the blind audition stage of the BBC
But he took a bit of persuading
before agreeing to perform in front of celebrity judges including
singers Tom Jones and Jessie J.
The 40-year-old, who lives in
Wellington Crescent, said: "I said no to it at first, but my
manager convinced me to take part.
"But just before my blind audition
I was left in the green room for eight hours and I was rather
inebriated when I took to the stage and I fell off it straight into
"I didn’t get through to the last
16, but I’m used to the pressure of performing and I think I did a
good job. I had gone through five stages already and it was fun but
I couldn’t have won it anyway."
Marc, who was born in Margate and
went to Dane Court school, has been a singer since moving to London
He said: "I worked as a courier for
a few years and started playing pubs. I was with a band called
Seven when I was about 25, who were signed to Telstar, and I got to
know producer Matt Wallace.
And that meeting led to the chance
to work with childhood hero Slash from Guns ‘n’ Roses. "I went
over to LA for a month and we wrote four songs together, it was
amazing to work with him because Guns ‘n’ Roses were my idols when
I was a kid."
And Marc is planning a series of
gigs a little closer to home next week with another band called The
He has also been with his band
Men & Gods for four years.
He said: "I moved to Ramsgate in
June because I wanted to come home and I missed the sea and friends
For his full story, see the
Thanet Extra, out on Wednesday April 25.
The Swankers are performing
at Mariner’s Bar, Ramsgate on May 3, The York Arms, Ramsgate, on
May 4, Northwood Club, Ramsgate, May 5, The Bellevue Garden Party,
Pegwell, May 6 and Churchill’s, Ramsgate on May 7.
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