Singer Marc’s inspirational message
SINGER-SONGWRITER Marc Almond had some inspirational words for graduating students as he accepted an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from Edge Hill University.
Although he has enjoyed worldwide fame and sold over 30m records, Marc told graduands true success comes from self-belief, creativity and happiness rather than money or fame.
“Self-motivation is the key to success in the artistic or musical field.
“It’s character-building and you will need this more than ever in today’s competitive world.
“Success is doing what you love, to be fulfilled by your creativity, to be happy. If success comes, enjoy it, then appreciate it, but most of all be selfmotivated.
“Self-belief above all else will do the heavy lifting for you.”
He also praised the university, adding: “I feel honoured to be here today receiving such a prestigious award from an esteemed university recognised for its excellence.
“I was so impressed when I was given a tour of this beautiful campus.”
Marc’s career that has spanned a diverse range of musical styles from the electro of his band Soft Cell to Turkish torch songs to Brazilian Macumb.
In 2010 Marc – who grew up in Southport celebrated 30 years as a recording artist.