Biog

Biog

That smoky voice, surely the by-product of fiery passion, lilts between octaves, smouldering in the embers of truth’s tinderbox. That voice, flowing lava-like, sprung from Vulcan eruptions and shifting tectonic plates, the voice you’ve heard in songs as diverse as the house music hit Cerrone vs. Sweet Connection’s “Misunderstanding” to Jools Holland’s “I Went By”, regardless of genre, there is no debate: that voice burns.

That massive voice belongs to one Louise Clare Marshall, a musical ingénue since 15 months of age, when the songbird began her sweet crooning. Born in Oldham, Lancashire, Louise was immersed in music from her youth, beginning piano lessons at five and music theory lessons at seven. Marshall also joined the Oldham Girl’s Choir at seven and continued as a member under the esteemed Eileen Bentley’s (MBE) tutelage until age sixteen. Louise conducted her Father’s choir, The Oldham International Choir from the early age of 13, and played the Church organ in Lancashire before winning attendance to the competitive Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester in 1989, where she studied piano with Alicja Fiderkiewicz and conducted the Chamber Choir.

Louise then began her accomplished session singing career prior to joining The National Youth Choir of Great Britain in 1990, where she wrote several Gospel arrangements, many of which remain in circulation worldwide.

In 1992, Louise won a scholarship to The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and studied Piano with Joan Havill whilst learning her trade singing with function bands and session work.

Louise has worked with Beverley Knight, David Gilmour, Michael Ball, Marti Pellow, Chris Difford, Robbie Williams, Bryan Ferry, Ronnie Wood, Van Morrison, Eric Stewart, Madeline Bell, Sheila Ferguson, Sam Brown, Russell Watson, Steve Winwood, Paul Young, Don Blackman, Solomon Burke, Karl Jenkins and John Rutter, to name but a few.

Whether performing on tour with BBC’s Jools Holland or Roxy Music, playing piano, performing with The BBC Big Band singing Ella Fitzgerald or Aretha Franklin’s American Songbook, Louise’s sonic skills span across genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B, Electronic, Classical or Gospel music. And all the while, her voice resonates, crackles, pops and burns as a phoenix rises from the flame.

 

I’VE HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH:

• BBC Big Band
• BBC Concert Orchestra
• Beverley Knight
• Bryan Adams
• Bryan Ferry
• Capital Voices
• Cerrone
• Chris Difford
• Claire Teal
• Cool Music
• Colin Skinner
• Crouch End Festival Choir
• David Gilmour
• Dionne Warwick
• Dennis Edwards and the Temptations
• Don Blackman
• Eddie Holman
• Edwin Starr
• Emma Bunton
• Eric Stewart
• Ethan John
• Glenn Tilbrooke
• Guy Chambers
• Heather Small
• Helmut Lotto
• James Bay
• James Morrison
• Jessie J
• Jody Watley
• Joe Stilgoe
• John Rutter
• Jon Allen
• Jools Holland
• Karl Jenkins
• London Voices
• Little Anthony
• Lulu
• Madaline Bell
• Maida Vale Singers
• Manhattan Music
• Marc Almond
• Marti Pellow
• Martine McCutcheon
• Metro Voices
• Mica Paris
• Michael Ball
• Mika
• Omar
• One More Music
• Paul Weller
• Paul Young
• Phil Manzanera
• Private Music Events Ltd
• PP Arnold
• Paulo Nutini
• Ray Lamontagne
• Replay Heaven (Hal Ritson)
• Robbie Williams
• Rob Davis
• Ronnie Wood
• Ruby Turner
• Russell Watson
• Sam Brown
• Sam Frank
• Sheila Ferguson
• Solomon Burke
• Steve Winwoond
• Trijntje Oosterhuis
• Tom Jones
• Tony Visconti
• Van Morrison
• Victor Imbres
• Vinnie Jones
• Wise Buddah
• Woman

 

RECORDINGS AS A FEATURED SINGER (DANCE/POP/BLUES)

• The Steady Rolling Revue, (2013)
• ‘Make My Day’, Funkatech (won Best Track 2010 at the Breakspoll International Breakbeat   Awards) NAPT, (2010)
• ‘Changes’, Victor Imbres & Rob Davis, (Greenlight) (2008)
• ‘Can’t Stop Movin’, and ‘Country Boy’, Sonny Jim, RMX, (2008)
• ‘Misunderstanding’, Cerrone vs. Sweet Connection, Celebrate! (Malligator) (2008)
• ‘Feeling Blue’, Silicone Soul, Soma (2005)
• ‘Don’t Stop’ & ‘C’est La Vie’, Master H, Thirteen (Soma) (2003)
• ‘Right On!’, Silicone Soul, Soma (2001)

BACKING VOCALS FOR ALBUMS

• Lenny Henry – New Millennium Blues (2015)
• Squeeze – Cradle to the Grave (2015)
• David Gilmour – Rattle That Lock (2015)
• Helmut Lotti – Faith, Hope and Love (2015)
• Marc Almond – The Velvet Trail (2015)
• Pink Floyd – Louder that words (2014)
• Jools Holland – (2004 to present)
• Beverley Knight – (2004 to present)
• Michael Ball – (2000 to 2011)
• Murray Head – My Back Pages   (2012)
• Jon Allen – ‘Sweet Defeat’, Sweet Defeat (2011)
• Billy Jenkins – Born Again, (2010)
• Nick Etheridge – Basscraft (2010)
• Glen Tilbrook and the Fluffers – ‘Beachland Ballroom’, Pandemonium Ensues (2009)
• Billie Godfrey – The Eden Tree (2009)
• Ray Lamontagne – ‘You are the best thing’, Gossip in the Grain   (2008)
• Talc- Licensed Premises Lifestyle (2008)
• Jon Barker – Songs to Strike a Chord (2006)
• Trijntje Oosterhuis- Oosterhuis (2003)
• Eric Stewart- Do Not Bend (2003)

THEATRE AND SHOWS

• The Genius of Ray, Haymarket (London) (2004)
• Soul Train [UK Tour] (2000)
• Whistle Down the Wind, Aldwych Theatre (London) (1998)
• Jesus Christ Superstar, Lyceum Theatre, London (1997)
• Hair (Norway) (1996)

FESTIVALS

• Culture Festival, Sardinia (2013, 2015 & 2016)
• Festival, Austria, (2013)
• 3-day Anglo-Hungarian Interclub Jazz Festival titled 606@Budapest Jazz Club (2012 & 2017)

CLASSICAL

• Melanie Marshall
• Wayne Marshall
• Karl Jenkins
• John Rutter/ The Cambridge Singers
• Songs of Praise, piano (various years)
• Matthew Ferraro
• National Youth Choir of Great Britain.

TEACHING/MASTERCLASSES

• Arts Educational School, London
• Academy of Contemporary Music, (ACM), Guildford
• Dance Works, Cambridge

GOSPEL ARRANGEMENTS

• Precious Lord.
• Bridge Over Troubled Waters
• How Great Thou Art
• Swing Low
• Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve seen