Let the Music Play

04/02/2013 1:55 PM

04/02/2013 2:09 PM

Although Huntersville transplant Carrie Marshall (who has lived in Boston, Nashville, Las Vegas and points west) arrived here only four years ago, she’s already made quite an impression in the local music scene. One of her original songs, the Charlotte-inspired “Queen City,” won first place in the Raleigh-based N.C. Songwriters Co-op Competition in 2010, and last fall she was voted by the Carolina Entertainment Network as one of the top four vocalists in the Charlotte area. Moreover, she has performed at such high-profile events as the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Charlotte’s Festival in the Park and The Rock Hill Jazz and Blues Festival. Her new yet-to-be-titled album will be released in May. Marshall says she felt right at home here when she and her family moved to Huntersville in 2009. The couple has a 14-year-old daughter and 11-year-old twin sons. “I love it here,” says Marshall. “The water is so soothing. This is a place you can really disconnect from the business of life. It’s a place of peace.” Peace is important to the busy mom, singer/songwriter and actress, who describes her sound as “Adele meets Norah Jones.” Like Jones, Marshall plays the piano, but she laughs that her singing voice is “much louder” than Jones’. Marshall, who first started performing when she was 8, also counts jazz greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and Julie London as among main influences. Similar to those legends, Marshall considers her style “romantic and classic.” She regularly performs around the Lake Norman area at venues such as The Wine Cellar, and she has a semiregular gig at Crave Dessert Bar in uptown Charlotte. She’s also frequently booked for private galas at venues like the Mint Museum and the Levine Museum of the New South. Her new album will likely contain all originals songs, although she’s toying with the idea of including George Gershwin’s “Summertime” from “Porgy & Bess,” one of her all-time favorite tunes. Her last album, Redemption, yielded the song “When Love Was Green,” which made it to the semifinals of the BBC’s songwriting competition in 2008. Her most recent award for her song “Queen City” was a special point of pride for her. The song is somewhat autobiographical—a hopeful and optimistic tune about someone new to the area who thinks she can make a life here. It’s a sweet reward for someone who’s worked slowly and steadily at her craft. “I worked on my first CD for a year and a half while my twins were babies,” she says. “I encourage everyone to pursue what makes them happy. If you’re not doing what you love, find a way to do it. Baby steps are what it takes.”

Carrie Marshall’s East Coast tour this summer will include stops in New York and her native Boston. Catch her next at The Wine Cellar in Cornelius on April 20. For additional information go to www.carriemarshall.net

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