Graham Marshall

Graham Marshall

 Sunderland, England, GBR
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Glasgow native, Graham Marshall's "vocal gravel" is juxtaposed with sweet melodies and catchy hooks that The Miami New Times calls "immediately infectious". Graham has been compared to talent from classics like Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel to contemporaries David Grey and K.T. Tunstall.

Biography

Graham Marshall’s story is reflected in his catalog of songs: survival, adventure, love and tragedy are more than mere subjects of whim to strum his guitar to.

A terrible car crash at 19 left Graham with a chronic, albeit benign, medical condition.
At 20, his band, Screaming Silence, was a hit in his hometown of Glasgow, Scotland. But in the brink of the showcase gig that would “seal the deal” with a label, the lead member
“disappeared” after running into some unsavory entanglements. This was followed by Marshall’s best mate and song writing partner succumbing to a heroin overdose.

Graham entered into a rehabilitation program for clinical depression. On a cocktail of drugs and at the hands of questionable care workers, he was mentally and physically abused. Unconvinced by the prospect, Graham discharged himself, disposed of all his medication and began to song write himself to recovery night after sleepless night.

Anxious to leave a turbulent past behind, Graham packed his guitar, a few personal belongings and exiled to Australia where he lived on the move. But it was on his way back home to Glasgow that his adventures truly began; making unplanned pit stops
in Singapore, Borneo, Bangkok and Malaysia. He climbed Southeast Asia’s highest mountain, Mount Kinabalu, and was hosted by the indigenous Iban tribe who for the most part had never laid eyes upon a white man, let alone a Scottish local rock’n’roll hero.

After returning home with 20p (or 13¢), and in an effort to leave his troubled past behind, Graham decided to relocate to Sunderland, England for a trucking job. It was during his years of 18 wheeling travel that he would consequently write some of the material which would go on to become his first solo EP, Ten Years Stuck in Traffic.

In early 2010, this five-song collection would find its way to iconic music manager Bill Aucoin (Kiss, Billy Idol, Billy Squier) and his team who insisted on pressing the songs just as Marshall had laid them down. In an enthusiastic effort to self-promote his first release, Graham Marshall, now a well-seasoned traveler, embarked on a cross-country UK tour, playing an impressive 18 gigs in a jaw dropping seven days.

Sadly, Bill Aucoin would succumb to cancer in June of 2010. However, this has not slowed down this prolific songwriter. Once again, Marshall coped the best way he knows how..... by writing music.

Graham’s brand of acoustic pop-folk is comprised of “vocal gravel” juxtaposed with sweet melodies and catchy hooks that the Miami New Times deems “immediately infectious”. And, with music peers in his category such as K.T. Tunstall, Paolo Nutini (both from Scotland) and David Gray finding commercial success in America, Graham Marshall’s timing may be in perfect step.

Lyrics

Makin' It On My Own

Written By: Graham Marshall

My half-full glass of optimism has spilled on my shoes
My speculation of adulation has gave me the blues
I woke this morning just to find that I'm yesterday's news
The illusion of my confusion has left me feeling quite abused

'Cause hospital attention
Was a recent apprehension
And though my mind was unraveling
The lights are still on
'Cause I'm making it on my own

Somebody told me all the seasons happen in one day
If that's the truth why is this black cloud following me?
The holes in my clothes match the holes in my weary shoes
The streets are cold and damp and wild so tell me why am I feeling so amused

'Cause hospital attention
Was a recent apprehension
And though my mind was unraveling
The lights are still on
'Cause I'm making it on my own

No more daily grind
As I let myself unwind
I take the dark out of night time
And I put it into the day
'Cause I got nothing more to say

(Shine on me)
'Cause hospital attention
(The sun shine on me)
Was a recent apprehension
(The sun shine on me)
And though my mind was unraveling
The lights are still on

(Shine on me)
'Cause hospital attention
(The sun shine on me)
Was a recent apprehension
(The sun shine on me)
And though my mind was unraveling
The lights are still on
'Cause I'm making it on my own

Discography

Ten Years Stuck in Traffic EP