and performing one's own music for 15 years isn't such a
feat – unless you’re only 21 years old. Such is the chronicle
of Marc Scibilia, from Grand Island, N.Y.
began banging away on the piano at age 6, and immediately took to writing
music. At his first recital, he insisted on playing one of his own
compositions. In 2000, at the age of 13, Scibilia recorded his first CD,
entitled "Live at the Tralf."
That debut disc was recorded in front of an audience of 500 at the
famous Tralfamadore Cafe in Buffalo. The album featured original instrumental
piano pieces, which were written by Scibilia between the ages of 9 and 13.
In the spring of 2004, after winning the WKSE “Kiss” 98.5-FM
“Buffalo Idol” singing contest, he released his first produced CD. The
self-titled project featured six original songs. It was dovetailed by the
compilation "Live in the Studio," which was also recorded live, this
time in front of an audience at Audio Magic Studios in Buffalo.
to Nashville, Tenn., that fall, Scibilia honed his writing skills and
developed a modern sound that melds rock, pop and acoustic.
July 2007, Scibilia released a new, 10-track
CD entitled "Fixity." The project, more than a year in the making,
was recorded in Scibilia’s home studio in Nashville in between tour stops in
the Far East with alt rockers Sonicflood.
lyrical and vocal styles like Bob Dylan, and the key stroking sensibilities of
Billy Joel, "Fixity" has an overall finish of progressive piano
rock. It houses an impressive gamut of musical and lyrical depth, as seen in
the polarities between "Lift Up Your Eyes," bestirringly performed
in Hebrew, and "Pretty Good Guy," best performed in a pub.
I am very happy with this recording,” Scibilia says. “There are a million
magical things that I love, and a million things I would change if I could.
Every artisan feels that. When you're involved so intimately with any form of
art, it’s easy to lose objectivity. You’ll naturally see deeper than
anyone else will ever think to look.
project sounds the way it was supposed to; it will make people feel something,
and that matters far more than any of my critiques.”
“Fixity” is sure to amaze listeners with its piano nuances and brilliantly
gritty vocal passes, what’s most striking is the conviction that seems to
poor out of Scibilia with each song.
album features the radio-ready single “Worship
Song,” a soulful collaboration between Scibilia and Michael Tait,
former lead singer of the platinum-selling, Grammy-winning Christian rock band
dc Talk. The song doesn’t pull punches when it
comes to defining true worship.
people think I’m too harsh at times with songs like ‘Worship
Song,’ ‘Hell is on the Horizon,’ or “Pretty Good Guy,”
Scibilia says. “Even I’m one of those people. I’ll hear these song ideas
raw in my head, and I think, ‘I could never say something like that.’ But,
sometimes I have no choice; it’s like the songs demand to be written. When
I’m trying out new material for people, I usually close my eyes and hope
when I’m done there’s still someone left listening. It’s the scariest
thing in the world.”
is conviction and fire in some of these lyrics and melodies,” he continues.
“Even I’m bothered by a few of them at times – but I think that’s
There Be Light” Music Festival – Westfield, N.Y., July 2007
Shared stage with NewSong, Jeff Deyo, Tina Marie Williams
Festival – Front Royal, Va., July 2005-07
Shared stage with Leeland, Sonicflood, Big Daddy Weave, Winkie
Thailand, Malaysia and Hawaii
and Worship Music Festival – Cattaraugus Fairgrounds, Little Valley, N.Y.,
concert at Roberts Wesleyan College – Rochester, N.Y., January 2006
Revolution” Youth Conference – Rochester, N.Y., December 2004-05
Shared stage with Salvador, Ricardo, Jesse Goodman, Mark Cahill
Bound” at Darien Lake – Darien Center, N.Y., July 2004 and August 2005
Performed at Jim Brickman's CD release at Opry Mills–Nashville, Tenn., April 2005
Other featured artists included Ginny Owens and Victoria Shaw
Festival”– Orchard Park, N.Y., July 2004
Opening act for Rick Cua and Denver and The Mile High Orchestra
concert at Western Michigan University – Kalamazoo, Mich., May 2004
Hosted by Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey
Opened for Barenaked Ladies, Stacie Orrico, Maroon 5 and Simple Plan
appearances and performances include:
“Kiss” 98.5 FM – Regular guest
Island High School
American Cancer Society Fund-raiser
television show with Pastor Tommy Reid
Club of Buffalo Telethon
Fine Art Festival
“First Nite” – New Year’s Eve event
20th Anniversary Show