Susan Marshall


One of the region's finest vocalists, Susan Marshall began her career Off-Broadway as a leading soprano in the Rep-Company Light Opera of Manhattan. Shortly after moving back to Memphis in 1990, she began fronting rock-soul band The Mother Station and was signed to a record deal with EastWest/Atlantic Records. In 1994, they released their debut album Brand New Bag, which peaked at #34 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock charts. Since then, Susan has released three critically praised solo albums: Susan Marshall Is Honey Mouth, Firefly, and Little Red. She has performed renditions of her eclectic mix of jazz, blues, and soul standards and originals with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the Memphis Jazz Orchestra, and she's also known for her solo and duo performances in residency at Itta Bena on Beale Street and Lafayette's Music Room in Overton Square. Susan has toured all over the world as part of the Afghan Whigs, as well as with Cat Power & the Memphis Rhythm Band, which included appearances on Austin City Limits, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and the BBC’s Later…with Jools Holland. Her song “Better Off Alone” was recorded by American Idol’s Katherine McPhee for her 2007 debut that reached #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart. Her songs have also been recorded by international blues divas Ana Popovic and Reba Russell, to name a few. Susan is also known for her studio and stage work with a wide range of superstars: Lucinda Williams, Keith Richards, Norah Jones, Lenny Kravitz, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ann Peebles, North Mississippi Allstars, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Solomon Burke, Jim Lauderdale, Steve Earle, Kirk Whalum, and many more. In the studio, she has worked alongside legendary producers Tom Dowd, Chips Moman, Willie Mitchell, Jim Dickinson, Joe Hardy, John Hampton, and her husband Jeff Powell. Her studio work has garnered multiple gold and platinum record awards, and she has the distinction of having sung background vocals on five Grammy-nominated records. Classy, versatile, and supremely talented, Susan Marshall is a Memphis music treasure.

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