Marc Ballesteros

Marc Ballesteros

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Acoustic pop/rock/ballad performer with catchy original songs and a great cover interpreter.

Biography

Toronto based Marc Ballesteros is a singer, composer, musician, performer, recording artist, and actor. Although he's been singing since he was a child, he only started his musical career after venturing in the Philippines in 1995. He was signed to the country's biggest label, VIVA Records. His self-titled album, in which he wrote 6 of the 8 songs, was released later that year.

Earlier that same year, Viva Records released "Viva All-Star Pop Tracks" album, a compilaton of various VIVA artists and adaptations of pop tunes in which Marc recorded Elton John's "Can you Feel the Love Tonight".

In 1998, Marc released in Toronto, ON his single, "Ating Paraiso" (Our Paradise, a raising of consciousness song with the realization of the abuse and effects to the environment that is present in today's world. This song was also used to help commemorate the Philippine Republic Centennial celebration (1898-1998).

Marc collaborated with a group of artists in Canada in 1999 to include his song "Babe, I Love You" on a CD compilation which was released the following year.

Although most of his songs are pop/adult contemporary, Marc's love of music is not limited to that genre alone. He enjoys a wide range of musical style including classical, rock, country, R&B, jazz, etc. With the desire to appreciate the arts even more, he ventured into acting and stage musicals. With a vocal range of middle bass to high tenor, he performed his first broadway musical in November 2000 entitled, "The Secret Garden", a presentation of Theatre Aurora. After "The Secret Garden" run, he joined Music Theatre Etobicoke for the production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" in which he played the role of Asher, one of Joseph's 11 brothers. This was shown in February of 2001. He played the role of Smudge in the four-part harmony musical production of "Forever Plaid" which ran during the dinner-theatre series at the Howard Johnson Hotel in Aurora, ON and at the Newmarket Theatre, ON from September thru October, 2001. This was a production of Howard Johnson Hotel and Mainstreet Theatre Company. In the Spring of 2003, Marc joined other artists to present a medley of favourite Broadway hits presented at Markham Theatre for Performing Arts and was entitled "A Taste of Broadway".

In the Summer of 2003, two of Marc’s songs were selected in the first singer/songwriter competition held at Maryhill Winery and Amphitheatre in Goldendale, Washington, USA. He was selected among 40 other songwriters nationwide.

He just finished recording his latest CD entitled, "Goin' All The Way", released in 2005, which reflects the versatility in his music. He currently performs his original compositions at various venues including the favourite tourist spot, Fishermen's Village in Punta Gorda, Florida and several clubs/restaurants in Nashville, Tennessee including the world renowed Bluebird Cafe.

You can read more of Marc’s works, photos, current and archived performances, and listen to sample clips by going to his website at www.marcb.net. You can also check out his songs by clicking the Audio tab on his EPK.

Lyrics

Lure Of The Underground

Written By: Marc Ballesteros

(copyright 1993)

Smoked a crack while driving in my Cadillac
I had nowhere to go, I was reeling around
Felt inside that I have nowhere to hide
So I take this stuff with me for a ride
It feels so good at that moment
it feels so right to give in
I've denied for the longest time
Just what a fool I have been
Well that's the lure of the underground
That's the lure of the underground

We used to talk about the plans in our lives
And how we'll change the world right in front of our eyes
We were trapped in this world of unrest
We did it all but it wasn't the best
Can we try to imagine
Can we be made to believe
We'll go back to the way it was
Or let ourselves be deceived
By the lure of the underground
That's the lure of the underground
Hey ..... hey ooh woh

Didn't have the time to feel the sunshine
All that greeted me was just the rain
I tried to catch the star and hope it lights my way
and somehow let me be, be free

I drove along and watch the ladies of the night
Strut their stuff, as long as the price is right
You can't say that there's love to be found
It's just a fleeting affair that is lost in despair
Is this the life that we planned for
Is this a game that we play
No use taking the easy life
'Cause in the end you will pay
In the end you will pay
In the end you will pay

For the lure of the underground
That's the lure of the underground
That's the lure of the underground
That's the lure of the underground
Ooh ooh ooh ...

143

Written By: Marc Ballesteros

When I first began
To write this song for you
I was wondering too
If you ever knew
Every now and then
You know I give a sigh
How can I be sure
If your love is pure

I don't really see a sign
To keep hangin' on the line
Baby I can only think of this
The numbers to describe
One-four-three means I love you
Can't you see that I care
Believin’ that it's only a dream
One-four-three means I love you
Nothin' much to explain
’Cause time will tell to tell me that it's time

I called you over the phone
You sounded quite surprised
Haven't you believed
Of this love I give
Never even conceived
That I can be with you
So many dreams before
Now I dream no more

I don't really see a sign
To keep hangin' on the line
Baby I can only think of this
The numbers to describe
One-four-three means I love you
Can't you see that I care
Believin’ that it's only a dream
One-four-three means I love you
Nothin' much to explain
’Cause time will tell to tell me that it's
Time will tell to tell me that it's
Time will tell to tell me that it's time
It’s time

Wonderful Woman

Written By: Lyrics by Susan Markle Music by Marc Ballesteros

She always forgets the words
To her favourite song
And cries at the movies
When there’s nothing wrong
She gets lost with directions
She never reads
And she can’t tell the difference
Between a plant and a weed

But when I hold her in my arms
I feel the world is mine
’Cause I have the sweetest love
Any man could ever find
And I want you to know
She’s a treasure from above
This wonderful woman
Wonderful woman
Wonderful woman
That I love

She tells me when I’m wrong
How to make it right
And never hold a grudge
When we have a fight
She’s not afraid of failing
Or growing old
I never hear her complain
If I give her my cold

And when I hold her in my arms
I feel the world is mine
’Cause I have the sweetest love
Any man could ever find
And I want you to know
She’s a treasure from above
This wonderful woman
Wonderful woman
Wonderful woman
That I love

And I want you to know
she’s precious to me
She helps me to stand tall
She’s the air that I breathe
She’s there to catch my fall
Gives me what I need
This wonderful woman
Is all that I dreamed

She doesn’t criticize
The dreams I’m aiming for
And if I’m feeling down
She hugs me even more
She always listens to me
Gives me good advice
And I’m so very grateful
She agreed to be my wife

And when I hold her in my arms
I feel the world is mine
’Cause I have the sweetest love
Any man could hope to find
And I want you to know
She’s a blessing from above
This wonderful woman
Wonderful woman
Wonderful woman
This wonderful woman
Wonderful woman
That I love
She’s so good to me
My wonderful woman

Discography

Goin' All The Way (EP)
Marc Ballesteros, self-titled (EP)
Babe, I Love You (Single)
Ating Paraiso (Our Paradise) (Single)
Viva Pop Tracks Compilation (Single)

Music Organization affiliated with:
SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada)
SAC (Songwriters Association of Canada)
JPF (Just Plain Folks), Toronto Chapter

Set List

Original Songs:
143
Angel Of My Life
Babe, I Love You
Give Me Love
Goin' All The Way
Hold On
I Could Be Doubtful
Lisa
Living To Be Free
Love Is All Around
Lure Of The Underground
Mother
See The City Tonight
Take My Hand
Tonight
What Makes Me feel Alright
Wonderful Woman
... and more

Cover Songs:

Lord Is It Mine (Supertramp)
Now And Forever (Richard Marx)
Leader Of The Band (Dan Fogelberg)
Still (Lionel Richie)
Three Times A Lady (Lionel Richie)

(Elton John):
Your Song
Candle In The Wind
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
Can You Feel The Love Tonight

(Billy Joel):
She's Always A Woman
She's Got A Way
Only The Good Die Young
Just The Way You Are

(Beatles):
Yesterday
Let It Be
Hey Jude
Day Tripper
Blackbird
Golden Slumbers/You Never Give Me Your Money/ You Gotta Carry That Weight
... and much, much more