Keep on Climbing
As a young adult Marnell was a fixture in his church's gospel choir and for a time considered becoming a Baptist minister. "My first love is gospel music and I'm proud to say that I am a gospel musician." Marnell released his first album, "My Way," in September 2005. It is a compilation of ballads and love songs from the 60's, 70's and 80's. The album really wasn't so much about the music but provided more of an opportunity to learn about the inner-workings of the music business. Since releasing his first album he has been introduced to a songwriting Senator, dedicated his future music endeavors to the Lord and traveled to England to record his second album "Keep on Climbing" which was released in November 2006. Several songs are Gospel standards with fresh arrangements. Four songs were penned by Senator Orrin Hatch. Marnell met the Senator while working as Night Superintendent at the Senate Office Buildings. "Senator Hatch has provided inspiration and counsel to me since we met last year," says Marnell who speaks with the Senator two or three times a month. On a Serious Note: October 4th 2006 Officer Donna Boswell a 19 year veteran of the U.S. Capitol Police was seriously injured in an automobile accident. The crash broke her neck leaving her with no feeling in her hands, fingers, legs or toes. Marnell will donate his Artist's Share revenue for each album sold to the Officer Donna Boswell Fund to help support her and her family during this time of need. She NEEDS OUR HELP! Anyone wishing to donate to the fund directly should send a check or money order to: Officer Donna Boswell Fund 12981 Queen Chapel Road Woodbridge, VA 22193 Marnell's story has been featured in The Hill Newspaper and on WUSA Channel Nine News. In May 2008 Marnell will celebrate 25 years of marriage to the former Mary Beth Bonde whom he met while he was in the military stationed in Omaha, Nebraska. They have two wonderful daughters, Renee and Carmel. Both attend school at George Mason University. Renee is pursuing a Graduate degree in Community Agency Counseling while Carmel, a sophomore is majoring in Film Studies. In July of 2008 Marnell intends to return to London, England and record a Christmas album as well as begin recording his second gospel album. The Christmas album is scheduled for release in late fall and will feature three new songs penned by Senator Hatch. His second gospel album titled "I Choose Jesus" is tentatively scheduled for release in spring 2009.