James Marvell ~ Embrace The World ~ The Business side of Music … Then and Now

Embrace The World This Christmas

Marvell and The Messengers
Embrace The World This Christmas
written by; Rhonnie Scheuerman and Jim Harmon Produced by the late Steve ‘Bulldog’ Bivins for Marvell Productions.

Rhonnie Scheuerman and her co-writer Jim Harmon wrote this Christmas Classic for James Marvell. Over 200 performers from country, pop and gospel join Marvell on “Embrace The World This Christmas”. Listen carefully and you’ll hear such legendary folks like Joanne Cash (Johnny Cash’s sister), Country star Bobby G. Rice, Rock legend Troy Shondell, Christian Country award winners like Kim Ford, Gayla Earlene and Debbie White! Also doing solo parts with Marvell you can hear Earl Montgomery writer of several George Jones hits, the famous Country Gospel duo Morgan & Morgan, Gene Higgins, president of HMG Nashville, Billy Hale president of CGMA, Americana artist Butch Ryan plus dozens of CGMA members’ voices! It took 7 years to complete production of this song in many studios accross America. Now you know why this hidden gem is a classic! Produced by the late Steve ‘Bulldog’ Bivins for Marvell Productions 

Steve Bivins
Steve Bivins

We’d like to thank producer/pastor, the late Steve (Bulldog) Bivins and the following Nashville musicians: Mike Dunbar on Bass, Duane Marrs on steel, Steve Bivins on Rhythm &Tamboreen, Jeremiah Bivins on Drums and Percussion, Lionel Suarez ( seen on the I Love Lucy Show ) on Congas, Rusty Cross and Butch Ryan on Harmonica, Vaughn Lofstead on Lead Guitar, Bud Rawls on Keyboards and Drew Corington on Fiddle! Recording studios all over America include: Wildfire Studios in Grenada, D. Studios, RTH, Audio Lab, Studio 569, B-Side Studios, Jay’s studio in Tampa and The Smokehouse in Nashville, Tn.

JAMES MARVELL [Mercy lead singer – ‘Love Can Make You Happy’ 1969] (Tampa, FL) Subject: Jim Rose Remembers Radio October 27, 2014 [Monday] Issue #1350 Hi Jim and Suzie, My best to you. Here’s a radio show with some inside history on Music City. Maybe you want to run this for your widespread readers worldwide. I’m the guest on this Nashville Radio Show –

The singers joining Marvell are: Pete Whitebird, Debbie White, CCMA president Gene Higgins, Glorya Wilson, Robin Goines, Benny & Wilma Thomas, Morgan & Morgan, Pat Cole, Kim Ford, Michael Kohler, Bobby G. Rice, David Lester, Tommy Smith, Gene & Micki Farington (See The Light), Michala, Lin Butler, DJ-Fargo, Bulldog, Gayla Earlene, Gene Crain, Earl & Charlene Montgomery, Shirley Hayes, DJ Sandra-Lee, Tony & Yunjin Rollo, Arlene Renee, Vega & The Children Singers, an Iranian Christian Couple, Reverend Dan Duncan, KIM GOLEMBESKI, Faye Marvell and Johnny Cash’s sister Joanne Cash! Also joining James Marvell is the late great Grand Ole Opry Star Ernie Ashworth, Americana Artist Butch Ryan, 60s’ Pop Legend Troy Shondell and two hundred CGMA members with president Billy Hale.

Important note: The late and Legendary DJ Bob Wilson of KING COUNTRY Radio did a version with his voice introduction for AGAPE FEST in Texas! Yes, this Christmas song is really HUGE and all airplay is appreciated. You’ll enjoy this amazing montage of performers known as‘Marvell & The Messengers’

Then and Now

Originally The Skopes, Marvéll’s 1960’s garage band changed it’s name to The Surprize after the Scope mouthwash company banned their song She’s Got Bad Breath. The Surprize went on to release a 60’s Garage band classic I Will Make History, with an immortal fuzz riff that hooks the listener immediately. James Marvell’s teen years in garage bands such as The Skopes, Together and Surprize is studied in this section.

Read more about Marvéll’s garage band years.

Around 1969 Surprize members James Marvéll, Buddy Good with their drummer Roger Fuentes joined the pop band Mercy and recorded the million seller Love Can Make You Happy written by Mercy founder and original lead singer of Mercy Jack Sigler, Jr.

The song topped the Billboard, Cashbox and Record World charts at #2, second only to The Beatles’ Get Back. Marvéll is pictured top center.



Read more about Marvéll’s time with Mercy

Marvell knows that artists like Willie, Waylon and David Allan Coe will always be the true legends of the outlaw movements. After leaving Mercy, James Marvéll & Buddy Good went on to form the country group, The Country Cavaleers. This early 1970s duo was on the road with Country and Grand Ole Opry stars. They were a bit of an oddity because of their extremely long hair and real country singing. Many Grand Ole Opry legends and country stars such as Del Reeves and Jean Shepard acknowledged them as being ahead of their time.

Read more about The Country Cavaleers

Marvell went solo in 1978 and began designing jewelry for country music icons including Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Bill Monroe. It was during this time that James recorded a country version of the Jack Sigler original Love Can Make You Happy which charted in Billboard and Cashbox in 1981. Thousands of country music fans purchased Marvéll’s jewelry designs in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Read more about James Marvéll’s Jewelry


James Marvéll recorded many Christian Country and Country Gospel songs during the 1990s. He had several Top Ten and #1 hits including Only Christian Country, Banking On Jesus, I’ve Seen His Star and his dramatic original titled Prophecy which he wrote over 40 years ago. In 2014, he released a song titled Washed In The Blood Of The Lamb. In March, the song climbed into the Top 10 on a national chart based in Nashville, Tennessee.


Read More about Marvéll’s Gospel Then and Now

Today, James Marvell’s wife Faye joins him as they bring back the hits he recorded with Mercy in the 1960s and more. You’ll find them performing at RV Resorts in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and retirement communities along the coasts of Florida. The 60s are making a comeback along with images of that era like peace signs and tie dye shirts. Everywhere they perform James and Faye have folks joining in the fun.

Faye is also a talented watercolor artist. Click here to see Faye’s Artwork

Purchase Artwork: jmarvell7@yahoo.com

Read more about James and Faye today


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