Colin Marshall's Bio

I'm Colin Marshall.  I have been living in Wisconsin for most of my life, and I think my home is one of the prettiest places in the country.  I really enjoy playing all sorts of music, and I expand my style according to whichever group I'm playing with.  Some of my major influences include Rush, Yes, Stabbing Westward, Mew, Living Colour, Caroline's Spine, Dream Theater, Nickel Creek, Devin Townsend, Killswitch Engage, Paramore, Heartsounds, Sky Eats Airplane, and Ian Thornley to name just a few.  I hope my music fits somewhere in that mess of artists.  These days I am working on expanding and writing my own music.  I have yet to find my niche in songwriting, and I am trying to crawl into an inspirational place these days.  It has been slow going for about a year, but as they sing in "Jealous of the Moon", "You're staying where you are, there's nothing you can do if you're too scared to try", so I am gonna give it the good ole college try. 

I have been playing music since I was 4.  My parents were both very musical, and I was surrounded by performers and music most of the time while I was growing up.  I remember being backstage at many of the musicals my dad put on, how he would take me into the light and sound booth and let me run the faders.  It was awesome for my young brain!  I felt a bit distant from music until the 6th grade when I discovered the drumset.  I signed up to play percussion in the band, and it took off from there.  I could finally interact with the music that I loved while growing up.  I listened to the radio constantly and learned how to play songs by my favorite groups, and I practiced constantly at home (thanks to my very patient parents).  I then discovered the electric guitar that I had tinkered with when I was younger, and I began to learn that as well.  My days consisted of going to school, then coming home to play my instruments in the basement until I had to go to bed.  I was hooked.

Fast forward through high school, through playing in rock bands and for the school musical events.  I had a taste of the real world my sophomore year when our vocal jazz group was invited to sing at Carnegie Hall.  We went again my senior year, and those experiences showed me that there might really be something out there for me.  I graduated, and soon after I did a 3.5 month tour with "The Continentals" from California.  It was the best time of my life.  We went to Europe for about a month, as well as 35 states, and I knew that I wanted to tour again somehow.  There are musicians that complain about life on the road, and I always think "What's the problem?  I would pay serious money to be in your shoes!"  I was also fortunate enough to tour with rock bands including "The Chairs" and "Elyce".  I've played with many other groups over the years, and I've made some fantastic friends and had some stellar times, and I've come to realize that I'm a pretty lucky guy.

I am currently student teaching to become a choir or general music teacher.  Life is flying by, and I am travelling light as a singer/songwriter, but I do hope to expand and play with another band in the near future.  I recently purchased some snazzy new equipment, so recordings are going to be made pretty soon as well!  I will put up my dates and new music as they come, so in the meantime, check out my information and other site, listen to some tunes, join my mailing list, and you'll be front and center as the content rolls in!  Peace.