Jazz and Blues Vocalist. Songwriter. Actress. Artist. Storyteller. There are defining moments that shape the unique story of our lives. Carrie loves to share her story through musical performances, interweaving known jazz and blues standards with her versatile, award-winning original material. Whether taking a “Sentimental Journey” while reminiscing on her album “Home” or singing the blues on her latest album “Waves”, Carrie, a recent breast cancer survivor, shares hope, joy, struggle and peace through music.
Born to a musical family, Carrie studied classical piano beginning at age 7. She was performing Mozart 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, never realizing where the journey would take her.
By college Carrie was performing on stages across 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 faith to simple stories of everyday life. Carrie lived in Nashville for four years, which allowed her the privilege of fully studying the art of songwriting under the tutelage of world-class songwriters. She worked as a session singer and performed at many clubs across the city. She also recorded and released her independent CD project “Redemption”, garnering a semi-finalist award with the UK International Songwriter’s Competition for her song,“When Love Was Green”.
Carrie moved to North Carolina in 2008 and quickly adapted to her new musical home; singing and writing jazz and blues. By 2010 she had won singer/songwriter of the year from the NC Songwriter co-op for her vocal jazz original song, “Queen City”. By 2012, she was named North Carolina’s Top Charlotte Vocalist by the Carolina Entertainment Network. Carrie joined forces with several top musicians in the Carolinas, performing a blend of her jazz, blues, and original music in music festivals and events across the Carolina’s, including such notable events as the Democratic National Convention, Theatre Raleigh Songwriter Series, Knight Theater with the Tosco Music Party, The Blumenthal Theater with Jazz Arts Initiative, Durham's Centerfest, and many more. While in Charlotte she wrote and recorded her jazz inspired album in 2013 entitled "Home", featuring original songs in the style of the Great American Songbook. Produced by legendary drummer Jim Brock (Indigo Girls, Amy Ray,Kathy Mattea and many more) Home features her song, “Thoughts Unspoken”, which also won the top Ten Finalist award with the UK International Songwriting Competition in 2014.Read more
“Carrie Marshall possesses a wonderful voice and presents a wide variety of American classics as well as her own material. Equally comfortable alone at the piano or backed by musicians, you can easily detect the influence of the greats, but in the end you will acknowledge her ability to make the songs her own. Her vocal range and intelligent interpretation plant her firmly at the front of the class for today’s performers. ” - Victoria Clegg, Jazz Curator — O.Henry Hotel Greensboro, North Carolina