"My music is a true reflection of who I am, an artist who is not dictated by current trends or bound by tradition. I am guided by the yearning of my soul's creative desire."
And it all starts with that voice, the deep passion of it, the dark longing and fine gravel of it. Listen as it soars, listen as it travels through triumphs, through loss. Hear how it captures moments like some aural camera snapping elusive photographs. See it, feel it, vintage, carnal, earthy, delicious.
Born and raised in Chicago, Marshall is an award winning actor and performer who began his career while in High School singing in local bands, and vocal groups before gaining national attention by becoming a finalist in the male vocalist category on the hit T.V. show Star Search ( America), and a cameo appearance in the box office hit film "Barbershop" starring Ice Cube.
He has won Chicago's prestigious "Jeff Award" for his charismatic and powerful performance of James "Thunder" Early in Marriott's Lincolnshire Theater production of Dreamgirls. As a much sought after studio jingle singer, Marshall's distinctive voice has been heard on countless national TV and radio commercials for Coca Cola, McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken.
The creative flow
There is Marshall the songwriter/producer... "I love the whole creative process, you start with a blank page, just a hint of an idea. Then the first mark is made, a line, a word, a sound.... A faint image is formed, it begins to take shape, definition. Then finally birth".
Just as powerful as his voice is, are his his songs, which speaks to the human experience in all it's many shades. Marshall's first taste of success as a songwriter came with a song he co-wrote titled "Sweet Melodies" recorded by Disco Diva Linda Clifford. One of his dreams came true, when he produced his song "Naturally" on the legendary former lead singer of The Temptations, Dennis Edwards. The renowned gospel choir Walt Whitman and The Soul Children's of Chicago covered his uplifting anthem "Stop The Tears".
Following the yearnings of his creative desires has lead him to explore life abroad. Marshall's first experience outside The States, was an invitation to Paris, France to sing the theme song " I'm Walking Away" in the acclaimed French filmmaker Joel Santoni's Mort un Dimanche de Pluie (Death on a Sunday in the Rain), the film and soundtrack contain two other songs performed by Marshall, that were produced and written by one of Europe's most distinguished composers, Vladimir Cosma. Marshall also appears in the film.
A few years later Marshall found himself in Europe again, this time in Frankfurt, and Cologne, Germany where he collaborated with Producer Oliver Schmitt, and Attila Ciftci on songs that would find their way onto Marshall's first full length CD "Titus Vol .1, ( Originally released in 1999, then repackaged / rereleased in 2003)which was released on his own Doc O Soc Entertainment Group label, and features production collaborations with DJ Mark Grant. This experience helped fuel his desire to be an international artist. "Music is the universal language, and I intend to speak to the world through my music".
After returning to Chicago Marshall continued on his creative path, performing in several theatrical productions, and tours, singing at many major events, and all the while creating new songs and music that would become his second full length CD "The Reality Of Dreams Project " produced in Chicago, with producer/guitarist Keith Henderson.
Life is a song, Hamburg
"There's great power in music. Songs can soothe, heal broken hearts, or lift and inspire people to rise to greatness. It is my strong desire at this time, not just as an artist but as a concerned human being to offer to the world music and songs that will penetrate through the intensity of our current times and experiences, and touch that ageless, timeless cord within each of us that recognizes peace, compassion and humanity for ourselves and others."
You immediately get a sense of this desire when you listen to, and watch Marshall's "I Will" video, directed by Photographer John Gress, which has been hailed as "Bold, Courageous, Soulful, Powerful, and Moving".
It was his song "I Will" that inspired his long time friend Byron Van Jones, to invite Marshall to perform the song at the 2012 Sing 4 Life benefit concert for Aids/HIV research, in Hamburg, Germany. Accepting the invitation proved to be a life shifting moment, " What was scheduled to be a one week visit, has turned into two years and counting".
After five months in Hamburg, Marshall collaborated with his German language classmates Rui Pereiric, and Igor Maric, to create an upclose video documentary about Marshall's early journey in Hamburg, titled " Just 3ongs - a Soulumtary ". It was during this time Marshall began writing his song "Send A Little Love" via a bare instrumental track sent by his long time songwriting/production collaborator Keith Stewart in Chicago. "Send A Little Love" was inspired by the recent Trayvon Martin, and Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedies.
After meeting producer Fritz Darjes, of the band Burn Out Sounds, they decided to collaborate on a few songs... "Send A Little Love" the single and video (directed by Herb Santos) are the fruits of that collaboration.
Hamburg sets the stage for a new chapter in Marshall's creative and personal life. He has already built a strong following with his own brand of GlobalSoul through his performances at many Festivals through Germany.
Look for a brand new CD and tour from Marshall in 2016.