Named one of North Carolina’s Top Charlotte Vocalists in 2012 by the Carolina Entertainment Network, seasoned vocalist Carrie Marshall has performed at such notable events as the Democratic National Convention in 2012 and the Romare Bearden Park Grand Opening Gala. Wrapping her heart and voice around a lyric, Carrie infuses each song with power and poignancy. An award winning songwriter and featured artist with the North Carolina Arts Council, Carrie’s original songs create a unique, signature sound that’s sophisticated yet accessible. Influenced by jazz, blues, gospel and Southern rock, Carrie “rewards listeners with eloquent compositions intertwined with cool phrasing, smooth vocals and a signature down-to-earth touch.” Born to a musical family, Carrie studied classical piano at the tender age of 7. She was performing Mozart and other classical composers by age 9 at her local church, where her father was the pastor and her mother was the choir director. Feeling somewhat encumbered as a child by having to play “only the notes that other people told her to”, she began writing her own compositions for fun, never realizing then where the journey would take her. With a keen interest in musical theater, literature and stories of all kinds, it was just a few years later that Carrie began adding lyrics to her music and a new love was born: songwriting. Carrie began performing her songs in college and soon was launched on stages across New England and the east coast. An experienced traveler (thanks to several moves around the country) as well as an observer of life and people, Carrie’s writing expressed everything from her faith to simple stories of everyday life.
Four years spent in Nashville allowed Carrie the privilege of really studying the art of songwriting under the tutelage of world-class songwriters. Carrie soaked in the opportunities provided by such reputable organizations as the Nashville Songwriter’s Association and BMI, as well as other professionals Carrie met while living in Music City. Having experience as a stage actor as a teen, Carrie dusted off her acting chops while in Nashville and entered the world of film and television. Hooked by the acting bug ever since, Carrie has appeared in several independent films, commercials and national television shows. Her music has been featured in a couple independent films, including the score for the upcoming independent film “Changeover”. Each set brings Carrie fresh ideas and unique experiences which carry over into her writing and musical performances. Carrie’s newest adopted home is North Carolina. Partnering with some of Charlotte’s internationally renowned musicians in 2010, Carrie began writing jazz and blues influenced music, resulting in her most recent, aptly titled album “Home”, released in the fall of 2013. Led by Van Sachs, Terry Peoples and legendary drummer, Jim Brock (Indigo Girls, Kathy Mattea), this team of world-class musicians brought sophistication and musical depth to Carrie’s latest songs. The album also features great jazz musicians Brad Bailey, the #1 Billboard smooth jazz artist Gabriel Bello, smooth jazz guitarist Paul Buono (Art Four Sale) as well as several other incredible talents who shared their expertise on the project.