Andrew Joseph Marshall was born and raised in a small town in Northern California in typical blue-collar family style. Through no fault of his parents or siblings, he always felt the odd man out and was always searching for something to be a part of. He found music at an early age which kept him focused and occupied with dreams of rock’n’roll stardom. In high school, he started experimenting with drugs and got into trouble. Eventually he realized it was the wrong way to go and joined the military at 18 years old. While in the Army, Andrew dropped music as he was stationed in South Carolina, Georgia, and New York.
After he got out of the military and returned home, he found the same trouble he left waiting for him and got right back into partying and drugs, thinking it was the way to music success. During that time, he traveled around the West Coast playing in cover bands first as a drummer then as singer. He switched music styles from rock to country, and then blended the two style and started performing country rock or Southern rock. He was introduced to methamphetamines and his life quickly nose-dived. Within a year and a half, he was serving 5 years of an 8 year prison sentence.
He continued to use drugs his first year in prison before being introduced to Celebrate Recovery. Through that program, he stopped using and rededicated his life to Jesus. Andrew was released from prison in 2011 and worked to rebuild his life and marriage to wife, Charlene. He became a worship leader for Celebrate Recovery in his hometown for the next five years, while writing his testimony in the form of his first album Maybe This Time. Andrew wants to share his story, especially for people coming out of prison, to show that God’s love is for everybody, not just a select few. He now tours around the country singing his testimony to anyone who will listen with Charlene by his side.
Maybe This Time is a song Andrew tried writing in prison but couldn’t write it on his own. “It’s the prayer I was saying but I had conditions on it. I was still bargaining with God in that song,” he says. He found help with his writing partner Dave Mau who had already written the song that was saying everything Andrew was trying to say. Andrew now works with several writing partners to create a clear story of his testimony.
Watching Andrew on stage is a unique experience in the Christian community – he’s not what people expect from the genre. He doesn’t stand at the microphone with a guitar and sing, oh no – he’s mobile! Andrew is incredibly engaging and includes the crowd in every part of his performance and always leaves them wanting more. He also comments that he would probably swing from the rafters if he could – he just can’t hold still! Andrew is the up and coming Christian Country/Southern Rock artist to watch for.
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