Marc Von Em is a singer, songwriter, musician and composer based in Northeast Pennsylvania. His soulful sound, driven by skilled acoustic guitar playing and a smooth, rich voice, flows easily between blues, folk & funk. Marc performs mostly solo, showcasing his original music on guitar with occasional looping, harmonica and other instrumentation added in. He has independently released five full length recordings and has toured the U.S. both as a headliner and supporting act promoting his catalog. In early 2022 Marc released his latest recording “Goodbye, Cloudy Sky” which he is presently showcasing at venues throughout the Northeast.
Marc Von Em is a one man band of sorts, able to create an impressive array of music with just his voice and one faithful guitar. His chops are wide-ranging from delicate finger picking to raw, rambunctious strumming. Marc's guitar serves as more than one instrument as he uses it to create percussive beats and atmospheric sounds. His dynamic voice can go from smooth & soaring to smoky scatting. Marc's harmonica playing is equally impressive, and he sometimes uses it to accompany his blues influenced original songs. His soulful live performances showcase his original music, influenced by folk, funk and blues, with a few choice cover songs woven in. As one reviewer wrote: "If you haven't seen Marc Von Em perform live you're only cheating yourself."
In addition to writing and performing as an indy artist, Marc is proud to have shared the stage with Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) as back up vocalist and guitarist on three world tours. He is currently signed to Pure Pop Music Publishing Inc. as a songwriter for current & up and coming musical acts, VAMNation Entertainment Management, as a vocalist on globally broadcast commercials, and HAUS Music NYC, collaborating with musicians, composers, producers, bands & publishers scoring soundtracks for movie and commercial use.
Marc Von Em has Opened for/Shared the stage with Michael McDonald, Martin Sexton, Rusted Root, Rob Thomas, Blue Öyster Cult, Richie Havens, Uncle Kracker, Lucy Kaplansky, Kansas, Glen Tillbrook, Charlie Musselwhite, Rick Springfield, Psychedelic Furs, Jefferson Starship, Vance Gilbert, Mamas and the Papas, The New Rascals, Herman's Hermits and more.
"I've had the pleasure of working closely with Marc Von Em as a singer, but when I heard his original stuff I asked him to open up a 10,000 seat gig. Just him, his guitar, and his songs. He killed it!" - Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20)
"Marc Von Em is a great talent in the Hudson Valley. His songs and live performance are of the highest quality. He is a regular performer at my club." - Phil Ciganer, Owner (Towne Crier Cafe Beacon NY)
"Marc Von Em delivers a fresh sound, captivating all kinds of audiences with raw vocals, gentle yet vibrant melodies, and inspiring rhythms" - Jill Carletti (Directing partner, Harmony Presents, Hawley PA)
"Marc Von Em has an extra edge to his performance, a more creative, inert type of thing, like when you master something or it becomes you. He is able to reach people and touch their hearts with words and melodies that they can only hear and feel but not express." - Ron Statler (Groovin' New Fairfield Coffee House)
"He was extremely well received by the audience, and his CD's were sold out before he left the stage" - Dave Licursi, tour manager (Rob Thomas, Kid Rock, Hall & Oats)
"Marc Von Em is Von-Em azing!" - Gina Auriemma (Board of Trustees member, Outpost in the Burbs)
"Trying to categorize Marc Von em is a fruitless proposition. The NY born Singer Songwriter incorporates a myriad of sonic flavors into his areseal. Von Em is a musical Craftsman, his recordings audio scrapbooks of the simplicities, as well as the grand crises, that confront us all." - Mark Uricheck (Musically Speaking, Connections Magazine)
"I don't have time to write many reviews, but just gotta say that this music leaps out at me on Whole Wheat Radio, amongst thousands of indie artist that we play. It's fun, it makes me bounce in my seat. Just a great groove. Listen to samples and you'll see what I mean, I recommend it sincerely!" - Esther Golton, Whole Wheat Radio