Susan Marshall

Susan Marshall

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Like the legendary musical history of her hometown, the voice of Memphis singer/songwriter SUSAN MARSHALL transcends genre. Tapping into blues, jazz, folk & rock, Susan’s soulful voice has shared the stage with LUCINDA WILLIAMS, CAT POWER, AFGHAN WHIGS, ALVIN YOUNGBLOOD HART, among many others.


In a city of singing legends, from Elvis Presley and Otis Redding to Al Green and Aretha Franklin, Memphis vocalist Susan Marshall proudly holds her own, an award-winning paragon of hometown talent.

While she might not be a household name yet, anyone who has listened to Lenny Kravitz, the Afghan Whigs or Lynyrd Skynyrd has heard Marshall's impressive singing chops, a gift that never fails to stop people in their tracks.

"Where this woman has been hiding, I don't know," ran a comment on, while Rolling Stone made special mention of Marshall's performance at a Gram Parsons tribute that featured Norah Jones, Lucinda Williams and Keith Richards: "The spine-chill award went to Memphis soul singer Susan Marshall, who belted a powerful 'Do Right Woman' that practically brought people to their knees."

Marshall grew up in East Memphis where she studied art, theater and voice at Germantown High School's prestigious Fine Arts Department, earning Fine Art Student of the Year as a senior.

A six-year stint with the Off-Broadway Rep Company's Light Opera of Manhattan followed. Hired as a lyric soprano, she perfected mezzo roles in such productions as the operettas Rose-Marie and The Desert Song.

Feeling "bound and tied" by the written-note constraints of the classical world, Marshall -- whose spirit yearned for the freedom that only rock could offer -- switched gears entirely. Returning to Memphis, she co-founded and fronted early '90s rock outfit The Mother Station. Signed to Warner Bros. affiliate label EastWest, the band released one critically hailed record, 1994's Brand New Bag, which featured the rock radio hit "Put the Blame on Me."

As All Music Guide said of the album, "the Mother Station's major-label debut is a glorious, celebratory, amalgamation of blues, soul, and just plain kick ass rock & roll."

Which still sums up Marshall's all-encompassing, powerhouse approach to her art, one that feels just as at home immersed in soul as it does hard rock. Such virtuosity has made her an A-list accompanist on nearly 100 recording projects, many teamed with legendary producer/engineer Tom Dowd (who got introduced to Marshall through her husband, engineer/producer Jeff Powell).

Marshall's resume now boasts studio and/or stage time with the likes of Lenny Kravitz, Norah Jones, Keith Richards, Cat Power (as part of The Memphis Rhythm Band), Primal Scream, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mavis Staples, Greg Dulli, Afghan Whigs, Mya, The Memphis Horns, The Doobie Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Jerry Butler, the North Mississippi Allstars, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Steve Earle, Ann Peebles, Jay Farrar, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Adam Levy, Jim Lauderdale, Todd Snider, John Doe, Emerson Hart of Tonic, and many others. She's also worked with such legendary engineer/producers as Tom Dowd, Chips Moman, Jim Dickinson, John Hampton, Joe Hardy, Dusty Wakeman and Jeff Powell.

Whether it's rock, blues, soul, country or jazz, Marshall -- who won Best Female Vocalist in 2003 from the Grammy organization's Memphis chapter -- gets the call for a reason.

And with her latest album, "Firefly", earning raves across the country, Marshall the performer and songwriter is also a woman ready to lead Memphis with a breakout musical vision.


Susan is currently working on her 3rd solo CD which will feature one duet with LUCINDA WILLIAMS and another with ALVIN YOUNGBLOOD HART.
"FIREFLY" - Honeymouth Records
"BRAND NEW BAG" - The Mother Station- East/West

Recent songwriting credits include "Better Off Alone," which appears on the debut release by American Idol star KATHERINE MCPHEE. Susan is also credited as a background singer on over 100 records including artists such as, Lenny Kravitz, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Primal Scream and the Afghan Whigs just to name a few. She recently sang backgrounds on the CAT POWER tour as part of THE MEMPHIS RHYTHM BAND, making appearances on LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN as well as AUSTIN CITY LIMITS. Go to for full discography.

Set List

Susan's band can do 1 to 2 sets (each 45 to 60 minutes in length) consisting of all original, all cover or a combination of the two.

Here's a list of some of her cover material:

A few highlights from Susan's song list:

ACT THAT WAY (original)
ALREADY GONE (original)
AIN'T THAT PECULIAR (marvin gaye)
ANGEL FROM MONTGOMERY (john prine/bonnie raitt)
AT LAST (etta james)
ARKABUTLA (original)
BABY, I LOVE YOU (aretha franklin)
BABY, IT'S YOU (beatles)
BABY, WHAT U WANT ME TO DO (traditional blues)
BACK TO YOU (original)
CAN'T LET GO (lucinda williams)
COME TO MAMA (ann peebles)
CRAZY (patsy cline)
CRAZY LOVE (van morrison)
CRY ME A RIVER (standard)
DIRTY WORK (steely dan)
DO RIGHT WOMAN (aretha franklin)
DON'T LET ME DOWN (beatles)
EVEN IF IT TAKES (original)
EYES OF LOVE (john kilzer)
FEEL LIKE BREAKIN' UP (ann peebles)
FEMME FATALE (lou reed/big star)