Marc Martel of Montreal, grew up in a Christian based home (his father a pastor and his mom a choir director), all while listening to Christian music plus his favorite, George Michael. While in college, Marc started the Christian rock group called "Downhere" which earned a record contract in 2001, and he moved to Nashville to pursue his music dream.
Martel's first Freddie Mercury sound-a-like comment came from "Downhere" bassist Glenn Lavender,
After 7 albums with "Downhere", that musical path came to an end and in 2011, Marc learned of Queen's Roger Taylor assembling an authorized band titled the Queen Extravaganza, and submitted the following audition that went viral.
Currently, Marc tours regularly with his own Ultimate Queen Celebration, plus performs with the Black Jacket Symphony, Symphonic Queen, and has concerts scheduled this year in 14 countries. In addition, he writes songs and hopes to have an opportunity to add one of his originals to a show.
Here's another excellent example.
Wonder if Roger Taylor and Brian May have songs they wanted to record with Freddie? Wonder if they will get together with Marc to create new material? One can wonder... :).
Continued success and best wishes to Queen and Marc Martel.