Marc Scibilia is one of the most talented singer-songwriters I know. He recently had his song, “How Bad We Need Each Other” featured on the Fox show, “Bones,” which helped his YouTube video get over 74,000 views– not bad, huh?
Marc Scibilia is an interesting character.
He’ll tell people he’s originally from Buffalo or Niagara Falls, New York. His parents live in a really nice house in a fairly new suburban neighborhood on Grand Island, in between the two cities. Marc has a younger brother named Matt, who plays drums and is a world traveller. If you think Marc is both nice and kind, then you’ll be happy to know his brother and parents are the same.
The Scibilia family is a bit Lebanese. I know this because I once spent time with them at Buffalo’s Lebanese festival, and Marc’s mom told me that she’s sure I’m Lebanese, too. Haha. Marc’s parents LOVE their sons so much, and if you ever get into a conversation with Marc’s dad, he’ll love talking with you about music and Marc’s career. Marc’s dad was in a band way back when. Now he’s a massage therapist.
I first met Marc Scibilia, who is currently in his mid-twenties, years ago when he was a somewhat shy, skinny teenager. He had done well in the Kingdom Bound Christian music festival talent search. I saw him sing and play piano at a church in Tonawanda, New York. Somehow, he ended up in my office at What’s Up magazine in the mid 2000s and I interviewed him. I found out he likes fishing and, at the time, he aspired to be a church worship music leader. I told him he should write music for all people, not just church people. We agreed he had a young Billy Joel thing going for himself– a piano player who sings and writes pop melodies people want to sing along to– and, for a time, there was much talk about the famous adult contemporary piano man Jim Brickman signing Marc to a label and making him a star. I don’t know the details, but suffice it to say that the Brickman connection never amounted to much. Interestingly, it was about that time when Marc started transitioning from a Billy Joel piano player to a Bob Dylan guitar player.
In suburban Buffalo at a club on Main St. in the Clarence/Williamsville area near Transit Rd., Marc gave a concert where Michael Tait, from the Christian supergroups D.C. Talk and, later, Newsboys, essentially came to the Buffalo area to hang out with the Scibilia family, sing, record music, and perform with Marc on a powerful “Worship Song” for a packed house. “Worship Song” basically said to the audience, “help the poor and THAT’s your worship song to God.”
While Marc Scibilia has always been associated with Christianity, he went from wanting to be in the thick of “church life” to becoming more of a Christian outlaw, or sorts. Once he ditched Buffalo and moved to Nashville, getting away from his parents, he grew his hair out into a giant ‘fro and became what I’d call a “quasi-hippie.” If he used to be Billy Joel-meets-church worship leader, his Nashville move helped transform him into Bob Dylan-meets-Johnny Cash.
He met a Nashville filmmaker–Julian Smith–another amazingly talented person and they became close friends. Julian was to video what Marc was to music– and when these two geniuses worked together, Marc was able to make some extremely high-quality, MTV worthy music videos, and Julian had someone to focus on, to hone his craft. Marc and Julian and some Buffalo buddies (Scott Gypson and Vinnie DeRosa) travelled the USA in a RV playing gigs all over and documenting it all on entertaining webisodes. Marc wrote a song called “Hope Anthem,” which coincided with Ron Paul‘s Presidential campaign– Julian’s innovative video for the song got tons of hits on YouTube (note: it’s no longer online, perhaps because Marc seems more interested in showing people what he’s up to now versus what he did years ago) and Ron Paul’s people essentially adopted the song for the campaign, enabling Marc and his entourage to play several Ron Paul events, including one in Washington, D.C.
Eventually Julian got married and moved to Los Angeles, where he continues to be a creative force on YouTube– his “Techno Jeep” video, on there, for example, became a viral hit (over 9 million views) and I even saw it on CNN!
Marc Scibilia continued to record new music, making an oustanding opus of an album called “Fixity,” which you need to buy (but good luck finding a copy), and then a more acoustic/simple “From Brooklyn To Maine” recording where each copy was numbered, and it had a very organic, tastefully homemade quality to it, right down to the plain cardboard packaging with minimal black ink print.
Perhaps his biggest break came when “How Bad We Need Each Other” got included on an episode of “Bones.” That should lead to more of his songs being used on TV shows, which means he can earn both money and recognition with his music, finally, after years of toiling in obscurity.
It’s rare that a talent like Marc Scibilia comes along– a man who can write lyrics and melodies really well, play several instruments, record it all, and then perform in front of crowds. It doesn’t hurt that he has marquee good looks– young, thin and tan– and a down-to-earth, humble attitude, all of which could mean you’ll be mentioning him on your list of favorite music makers in the years to come.
Do check out www.marcscibilia.com for more info.