Lisa Marshall is an American Retro Soul, Folk-Funk Lesbian Singer/Songwriter.
As if she studied with the masters. Lisa honors the classic Soul era music from the 60's/70's Soul explosion of Stax, Muscle Shoals, Motown and more. She meshes Sweet, Blue Eyed, Southern and even psychedelic Soul with Folk, Funk and Rockn’ roll.
"She is the female Otis Redding man. I could listen to this album (Stay Right Here) all day"- Jivewired America
Her last album, ‘Stay Right Here’, boasts Eric Johnson’s engineer, Kelly Donnelly behind the board on lead vocals, mixing and mastering. Johnny Radelat of Gary Clark Jr. appears on drums on the CD except for tracks 5 & 8. Nick Connolly of Delbert McClinton adds Wurlitzer and piano on tracks 1, 3, and 5.
"Marshall has a point of view, but she combines her power packed vocals with lyrics that have a universal appeal...with Stay Right Here, Lisa Marshall has put together a combination of these insightful lyrics along with solid tunes and vocals that a lot of people will relate to as if this album was made just for them..." Recommended-By Howard Dukes (May 2013) Soultracks.com
Lisa moved to Austin in Spring of 2009 and begin playing such rooms as Continental Club, Saxon Pub, and Antone’s, having the opportunity to share stages with Lavelle White, Barbara Lynn, Doyle Bramhall, W.C. Clark, Patrice Pike and Sister 7, Carolyn Wonderland, Malford Milligan, Bill Carter and more.
She hails most recently from Seattle. There she performed solo with, “The Blonde”, her semi-hollow body electric guitar, and was often joined by the raucous, three part call-and-answer trio, The Dirty Girls! The group was invited to the famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN. as the feature for The Sunday ‘Songwriter’s Spotlight’.
She released her first solo CD titled ‘Simple’ in May of 2008. ‘Simple‘ can be heard in regular rotation on KOOP, KAZI ;Austin, TX., WWOZ; New Orleans, LA. and various radio in Europe as well as making it on to 2 Top 5 Euro-Americana Charts.
".. her (LisaMarshall) voice belts and soars through the building lyrics then dips to a restrained contralto for climatic lines. Hints of reverb in the production space add a subtle, creepy effect to the gospel tunes. It could almost be too crafted, but with Marshall's spellbinding voice pulling at the tempo, the album feels so organic that you can't imagine it any other way."- Rachel Dovey, Seattle Sound Magazine
Marshall's debut solo album 'Simple' was a one woman project with Lisa recording, mixing and playing every instrument on the album except Track 1 & 3; Scotty X on Bass, Track 6; E. Pruitt on Bass, Track 3 & 4; Eric Manegold on Drums, Track 2 & 5; Kevin Fallon on Lead Guitar, Track 5; Nick Salzetti on Drums. The title track Simple drums were recorded with a single sennheiser dynamic microphone placed in the middle of the drum set above the kick drum.
Born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA, she spent her early years on the Chesapeake Bay. Her young parents possessed a large vinyl collection; Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Motown, Funk to Disco, was a constant in the house. Lisa remembers hours of sitting on the sand filled carpet with the album insert of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 4 Way Street, reading the lyrics and singing along to 'Cowgirl In The Sand' with her younger sister. "I have always loved harmonies. I loved that album for their harmonies. Looking back it's so fitting that I would sing that song. Living literally across the street from the beach our carpet sounded like a giant bean bag when you walked on it. I guess I thought I was the cowgirl." (laughs)...more like a gypsy"
At the age of 21, Marshall moved to California. It was in L.A. where she co-founded and fronted Peculiar Boogie with Rebekah Coltman (guitar) & Susan Joyner (keys) for a decade. Their band was a unique blend of female fronted “Brit” Rock featuring R&B style vocals and harmonies. The band played and showcased at some of L.A’s hot spots such as Troubadour, and the Roxy. Robben Ford, Koko Taylor, and Big Brother and the Holding Company are some of the acts that Peculiar Boogie supported. The band received air play in California and Europe regularly. Lisa also had the honor of singing with Big Brother and the Holding Company.
Her love affair with early Soul/Funk/R&B continues as she honors the broad scope of the delicious sounds. From Betty Wright, Aretha Franklin, Issac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, The Staple Singers and more...her own truth is in her songs. Everyday people.
"...Marshall has a point of view, but she combines her power packed vocals with lyrics that have a universal appeal. When she sings “Please don’t give your hope away/Cuz there’s strength in numbers/Woah yeah,” on “Don’t Give Up” she expresses a sentiment that can be embraced by people with any dog in any fight. That might not be Marshall’s intent. But, with Stay Right Here, Lisa Marshall has put together a combination of these insightful lyrics along with solid tunes and vocals that a lot of people will relate to as if this album was made just for them."Recommended.-By Howard DukesFor the entire write up http://www.soultracks.com/review-lisa-marshall-stay
"Just heard you for the first time on KSER in Everett. I thought wow, this is the most soulful singing I've heard since we lost Otis Redding. Superb!"
-guyfromgalax, Fan from Everett, WA. (Feb 18, 2013)
"She is the female Otis Redding man. I could listen to this album all day"- Jivewired America
We met at a networking meeting for women in music where I received a stack of CDs from hopefuls, but from the moment I pressed play on my kitchen stereoLisa Marshall stood out. The needle in the haystack of talent, in a scene recently overcome by soulful wannabes, this voice is genuine and true. Her lyrics hit home. Her guitar flows freely. Stay Right Here presents a force to be reckoned with. --Written by Charise Sowells, The Deli Magazine (.com)
"She's the little lady w/ the BIG voice! The Lisa Marshall Band takes their cues from the old school days of Soul when women more than carried their own. From Aretha to Etta to Gladys to Tina, Lisa Marshall takes it all in & churns it out true."- Luna Live (Mar 22, 2013)
".. her voice belts and soars through the building lyrics then dips to a restrained contralto for climatic lines. Hints of reverb in the production space add a subtle, creepy effect to the gospel tunes. It could almost be too crafted, but with Marshall's spellbinding voice pulling at the tempo, the album feels so organic that you can't imagine it any other way."- Rachel Dovey, Seattle Sound Magazine
"Full, well-crafted songwriting supported by well-executed performance and strong production! -- Kerry" Kerry Leigh, Reverbnation Fan