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Simple

by Lisa Marshall

A stunning mix of 70\'s R&B, Motown, and more than just a touch of soul. Buy 2 CD's and get a 10% discount!
Genre: Blues: Soul-Blues
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2. Simple
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Lisa Marshall is a Rhythm & Blues singer who is influenced by Motown, Soul, and Rock n’Roll. Vocally inspired by vocalist like Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Mavis Staples and Janis Joplin. Her song-writing is primarily influenced by R&B, rock, and gospel such as Tina Turner, the above mentioned to Led Zeppelin, & the Rolling Stones and The Beatles.
SEATTLE SOUND MAGAZINE WRITES:
Lisa Marshall
Simple (Honeysuckle)
4.5 stars
Lisa Marshall’s first solo album carries a heavy debt to the Motown era; backup singers croon to Marshall’s soaring vocals, while tambourines and bass riffs stroke and jingle each piece to perfection. Like late Tina Turner, the swinging melody dips and soars with lyrics about defeat and triumph, and defeat again. It’s the contrast of it all that gets you. Like the groove that underpins lines like “What makes a heart break so slow?” Or Marshall’s surprising compositions; her voice belts and soars through the the building lyrics then dips to a restrained contralto for climatic lines, like “I am so, so, so, … lost,” which gets more deliciously guttural with each “so.” 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
Standout tracks: “Swamp Song,” “Bring Yourself Back”

She (Lisa Marshall)"belts 'em out like Janis Joplin and can gyrate like master contortionist Joe Cocker," writes Monterey journalist Beth Peerless - Monterey Herald ; Monterey, CA.
Marshall lives in Seattle,WA. She performs locally solo with her acoustic guitar and with her band, and is working on an acoustic act with “call and answer” style vocals with her 3 backup singers. She has released her first solo CD called “Simple”. The vocals are true to her style and love for R&B and Soul. The songs encompass a gritty, funky vibe. Lyrically she draws from early Blues singers speaking her beliefs, speaking out with a call out to up lift and empower her listeners...” erase from your mind all the bad that’s been done to you, all the good things you are let it shine, shine, shine...drinking cup raise it up, got my voice gonna raise it up!”-Swamp Song by Lisa Marshall. “I don’t like putting myself in a box. It’s difficult to predict what a song may evoke in the listener. Creativity should not have parameters, to live by categories stifles the very thing it (creativity) is intended to be. ” The CD will be released into the digital world of web radio, college radio, pod-casts, downloadable singles and album from her website www.lisamarshallmusic.com and digital distribution sites, and Marshall will begin short touring cycles of cities and festivals. Recently Lisa Marshall, with her band, delivered a high energy performance at The University Street Fair at the University of Washington in Seattle which led to an invitation to headline a Peace Concert, and ongoing summer event, at the Seward Park Amphitheater on August 12 in Seattle, WA.
Lisa has just returned from her first solo tour down the West Coast in support of her first solo CD “Simple”, which was recorded and produced by her. One of the highlights of the 2008 tour consisted of being asked back to the Brookdale Lodge to open for the incredible Lydia Pense and Cold Blood. Marshall is now preparing for a Southern region tour of The Austin, TX. area and along the Mississippi River.
Lisa Marshall’s solo CD “SIMPLE” was released May 12, 2008.
"...that pretty little pixie was a musician through and through. She knew her chops and busted ass to get there. Then she opened her mouth. Good Lord! She barely comes up to my ribcage but she has got the voice of a serious belter, and refreshing. What really makes it is that when she sings a song..you can't imagine it being sung any other way." -Chopperman, Adventure Rider, WA.

Born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA., Lisa was brought up on The Beatles, Blues ala Janis Joplin, The Allman Brothers, Crosby, Stills , Nash & Young, and her Mother’s favorite Elvis and Motown records. She is a self taught musician. In addition to vocals, Lisa also plays guitar, bass, flute, harmonica, drums and percussion. Her self taught nature and her adoration for strong, soulful female vocalist is experienced through her music which weaves gut belting call and answer style vocals through R&B, funky rhythms. “I can put on an Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Janis Joplin CD and be brought to my knees. But, it’s also because of the musicianship of the songs. The swing those musicians put into those songs is unreal.”
Lisa Marshall moved to Los Angeles, CA. at age 21. After performing on dinner cruise ships and solo to backing tracks at various gay bars and cabaret type venues, she co-founded Peculiar Boogie which she fronted for 10 years. She and guitarist, Rebekah Coltman were the primary songwriters, and along with Susan Joyner (keys) they were a unique blend of a female fronted Southern Rock band featuring R&B style vocals and harmonies with a twist. This was no the South is gonna do it again band, as the lyrical content spoke of injustices, politics, and stories from a woman’s perspective. The band began playing and showcasing at some of L.A.’s hot spots such as the Troubadour and the Roxy, and perform up the Coast with Robben Ford and other acts like Koko Taylor, Big Brother and the Holding Company with whom Marshall also performed. The band received air play in Monterey regularly and in Europe and put out 2 CDs. The first self titled CD was self produced and sold over 5,000 copies. The second CD was produced and released by Marshall and Coltman and sold over 2,000 CDs before the band was officially put to rest. Both CDs are still being sold through CDBaby.com and digital distribution sites.
Lisa Marshall is a seasoned musician having toured the West Coast and Chicago. She has played California venues like the Coachhouse, Mystic Theater, The Catalyst, El Rey Theater, Alligator Lounge, Doc Ricketts, to Seattle hot spots, The Crocodile, Sunset Tavern, Conor Byrne’s, Toast, The High Dive and lent her voice backing Beverly Graham at the Bena Roya Hall raising money for Mrs. Graham’s non-profit organization Sack Lunch which feeds the homeless in downtown Seattle. Her drive to learn and push herself is evident by her current demo in which she is the musician playing mostly all the instruments, songwriter, producer and engineer.
Marshall’s live performance delivers high energy with a sincere appreciation for her audience and genuine gratitude. Look for Lisa Marshall’s debut solo album and check her website www.lisamarshallmusic.com where single tracks and the entire CD can be purchased. You can also find her at www.myspace.com/lisamarshallmusic.

QUOTES

“Lisa Marshall is a singer and performer of incredible range, power and skill. She is one of a very select few vocalists that can take a song and breathe life and feeling into a performance that will take the listener on an emotional and joyful musical ride. She combines a solid foundation of old Motown R&B with a modern-day driving beat and then flavors it with a pinch of Southern rock. Her original songs are well crafted with intelligent lyrics, timeless melodies and a delivery that strips the song down to its raw emotions.” Kevin Fallon -owner and founder of Northwest Guitars, Bellevue, WA. www.northwestguitars.com
Kevin Fallon is a published songwriter and skilled musician whose career has spanned the past thirty years. His songwriting partners have included Bruce Day of Pablo Cruise and Kevin Chalfant of The Storm. He has recorded in such famous studios as the Record Plant in Sausalito and Fantasy Studios in Oakland,CA. where he met such legendary music producers as Jim Gaines (the engineer/producer of Carlos Santana, Van Morrison, Jefferson Airplane/Starship, Huey Lewis and the News, Journey and a host of other West Coast bands) and Keith Olsen (who produced albums for Fleetwood Mac, Pat Benatar and Kim Carnes, among others)

“Lisa Marshall has a fresh sincerity with an old soul we’ve all been looking for” - Eric Manegold, Guest lecturer for the Entertainment and Management Program at The University of Montana
"...that pretty little pixie was a musician through and through. She knew her chops and busted ass to get there. Then she opened her mouth. Good Lord! She barely comes up to my ribcage but she has got the voice of a serious belter, and refreshing. What really makes it is that when she sings a song..you can't imagine it being sung any other way." -Chopperman, Adventure Rider, WA.
"First time I heard Lisa, I just stopped, stared and was glued to my spot until she finished...I couldn't believe her sound, it was that good and that unique. I've seen some of the best, but she's the kind of talent that raises the bar for us all while never once acting like it." -Susan Apple, Veteran Las Vegas singer of l5 years
“....Lisa sings. She might remind you of ARETHA FRANKLIN or BESSIE SMITH....Lisa has a wonderful voice for this kind of music.” -Jack Little, Metal Maidens (.com)


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Bill

Simply rocks
I first saw Lisa and her band at a live show in Austin and was immediately blown away. From LIsa's rich vocals mixing with the bands outstanding play and I was hooked. I picked up a few of this album at different shows as gifts and kept the one I got from CD Baby for myself - until I got her and Mary's autographs. My favorite song off of the album is Swamp Song, but all of them as well as the many and sundry songs they do for a live show are incredible. Looking forward to her new CD and the "Live from Antone's" one they are putting out as well. They are a "must see" band and bring something special to their shows.

Michelle Gilmer

Simple
WE love this album!!! My husband and I both, as well as our teenagers...we ordered 3 so that we could share with our friends!
CD baby processed our order quickly. We received the CDs within the week.