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"Homegrown Legends - Music With A Message"

Armed with a loaded guitar and a message, Marc Pedraza is a local freedom rocker vigilante. His soft voice and twangy guitar are just as reminiscent of Bob Marley or Buju Banton as his message of love and peace. His music is a blend of folk, soul and reggae, and his lyrics are laced with utopian ideals that grow a green flourish in the sun of his hope and optimism.

Born and raised locally, Pedraza has carved a place for himself and his messages of equality, unity and freedom with his pro-peace approach. He began tooling with music at the formative age of six when he started playing piano. As a teen, he traded the ivory and ebony for the wood and strings of the acoustic guitar. And later, while studying music theory at Mesa Community College, he was really given the chance to excel his music career by attending the selective Music Industry Program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Pedraza's time at USC empowered him, he says. But hidden behind his gentle nature and welcoming, slightly crooked smile, a fire burned. This passionate blaze of motivation and purpose drives him and embodies music. Leaving USC, he returned to Arizona on a mission and co-founded his record label, Independent Freedom Tribe, from his home.

A Web site for the 7th Annual Local to Global Justice Teach-in really puts Pedraza and his music in perspective.

"Marc Pedraza is just one man with a guitar, but his music will make you feel like you're part of something much bigger than yourself," the site says. To Pedraza, that something bigger is a community. Openly gay, he has performed at Pride festivals in Phoenix, San Diego, Palm Springs, and other towns around the Southwest. He admits his favorite event he has performed at was Humboldt Pride. He has also performed at GLBT charity events for GLSEN, ASU, Food Not Bombs, and most recently Sway's Summer Chill Event at the Wrigley to help raise money for Phoenix Pride.

Pedraza brings his strong sense of community to his record label. Recently, the Independent Freedom Tribe produced and release three albums that can be found on on the label's Web site, or in stores locally. The artists include Angie Evans, Matthew Reveles and the Americana-style duet of Dakota and the Black River Bandit. While not all three artists are local, they do all portray his message of peace and acceptance. Not to mention they all have played with or for Pedraza at local venues.

Pedraza's growing popularity and success in the current unstable music industry is in no part affected by being openly gay. In fact, it is probably propelled because of it. Not in the way that his support comes entirely from the gay community, but more because of his acceptance and belief in himself. It's the confidence that allows his music to speak out so honestly and be accepted so willingly. - Echo Magazine - Phoenix, AZ


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The Peace Tree House Sessions Demo

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Born in the suburbs of Phoenix, Marc traces his first interest in music to childhood memories of listening to his father play piano. After noticing his natural inclination towards music, his parents enrolled him in piano lessons at the age of six. As a teen, he took up guitar and with the help of two friends formed a band called Euphoric Blue. The band performed at house parties, bars and small clubs throughout their hometown for the next six years.

While studying music theory at Mesa Community College, Marc was accepted into the selective Music Industry program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. During his three semesters at USC, Marc took classes in concert promotion and production, music supervision for film and television, music business, recording arts and sciences, music history and entertainment law.

Empowered by his education, Marc returned home and co-founded his record company, Independent Freedom Tribe, with long time friend Abby Hertzel. Throughout the summer of 2003, they worked together to create a platform for talented artists to freely express their unique thoughts and opinions.

Marc has performed at events such as Phoenix Pride, San Diego LGBT Pride, Palm Springs Pride, Humboldt Pride, GLSEN Phoenix "A=Art" Auction 2008, Arizona State University's Day of Silence, Glendale's Food Not Bombs' March For Social Change, The Season For Nonviolence Concert to benefit the Arizona Department of Peace and The People's Army Benefit Show for the No Borders Camp.