Graham Marshall’s story is reflected in his catalog of songs: survival, adventure, love and tragedy are more than mere subjects of whim to strum his guitar to. A terrible car crash at 19 left Graham with a chronic, albeit benign, medical condition.
At 20, his band, Screaming Silence, was a hit in his hometown of Glasgow, Scotland. But in the brink of the showcase gig that would “seal the deal” with a label, the lead member “disappeared” after running into some unsavory entanglements. This was followed by Marshall’s best mate and song writing partner succumbing to a heroin overdose.
Graham entered into a rehabilitation program for clinical depression. On a cocktail of drugs and at the hands of questionable care workers, he was mentally and physically abused. Unconvinced by the prospect, Graham discharged himself, disposed of all his medication and began to song write himself to recovery night after sleepless night.
Anxious to leave a turbulent past behind, Graham packed his guitar, a few personal belongings and exiled to Australia where he lived on the move. But it was on his way back home to Glasgow that his adventures truly began; making unplanned pit stops in Singapore, Borneo, Bangkok and Malaysia. He climbed Southeast Asia’s highest mountain, Mount Kinabalu, and was hosted by the indigenous Iban tribe who for the most part had never laid eyes upon a white man, let alone a Scottish local rock’n’roll hero.
After returning home with 20p (or 13¢), and in an effort to leave his troubled past behind, Graham decided to relocate to Sunderland, England for a trucking job. It was during his years of 18 wheeling travel that he would consequently write some of the material which would go on to become his first solo EP, Ten Years Stuck in Traffic.
In early 2010, this five-song collection would find its way to iconic music manager Bill Aucoin (Kiss, Billy Idol, Billy Squier) and his team who insisted on pressing the songs just as Marshall had laid them down. In an enthusiastic effort to self-promote his first release, Graham Marshall, now a well-seasoned traveler, embarked on a cross-country UK tour, playing an impressive 18 gigs in a jaw dropping seven days.
Sadly, Bill Aucoin would succumb to cancer in June of 2010. However, this has not slowed down this prolific songwriter. Once again, Marshall coped the best way he knows how..... by writing music.
Graham’s brand of acoustic pop-folk is comprised of “vocal gravel” juxtaposed with sweet melodies and catchy hooks that the Miami New Times deems “immediately infectious”. And, with music peers in his category such as K.T. Tunstall, Paolo Nutini (both from Scotland) and David Gray finding commercial success in America, Graham Marshall’s timing may be in perfect step.... Graham was recently the featured artist on "the tap music.com" Brainchild of Lloyd Simon, one of the co-founders of MTV. Graham is currently the second most listened to artist on the site, despite his "unique" home made way of recording.
Graham certainly deserves to! Top tune!
review written by: Mike
These lyrics and song writing are really good so heart felt well done
review written by: Nichola
Wow, a true musical artist; Graham has beautiful vocals truly full of emotion. I could ramble on about his well written and thought provoking lyrics... But I will just say how much I enjoy Grahams music, and he deserves to make it big!
review written by: Julie
I'll make it short and sweet GREAT TUNE FANTASTIC VOICE!!!!!
review written by: William Adam
I cannot believe this man is not already a global superstar - his voice is refreshingly unique, his lyrics are real and the emotion raw. I admire his ability to take painful events and memories from his own life and turn them into something beautiful (and damned catchy!). I hope to hear much more of him in the near future.
review written by: Julie
Loved this. Would like to hear more from this singer/songwiter. Melodic, deep, thought provoking. I hope you go far, Graham. Very impressed.
review written by: Lynn
Makin' It On My Own is one of Graham's songs that brings you up, gets your feet and fingers tapping and sing out loud. With the catchy chorus and melodic harmonies, you find yourself smiling, even though the story within the song starts off with a more meloncholic tone, but ends with a 2 fingered salute to the seemingly neverending nonesense life throws at us. A great track with great lyrics and I wish him all the very best.
review written by: Austin Dalgarno
I am 13 & my mom turned me on to Mr.Marshall & I really like his songs but I don't know how to say it technically so I will just say he should be a big star. I love this song!
review written by: Stefanie Gutierrez
Great melody and skill on the quitar. Excellant vocals. Powerful lyrics. A new classic in my player. Your story is inspiring and your song is moving. I truely feel "Makin' It On My Own" is a hit!
review written by: Helen Reite - Jadedlazykitty
Graham provided the support for Tom Hingley's gig last week and was absolutely superb !
His songs have meaning & a purpose so send a message to those who listen !! All the best for the future !
review written by: Shipwrights
Loved the song, Lyrics obviously written from lifes experiences and not straight out of a universtiy song writing class.
Really liked the complex vocal tones and nicely arranged harmonies.
The clean and slick guitar work enhancing the song very well indeed.
Hope to find more from this guy soon.
review written by: Tom Elliott
I loved this song from the first time I heard it, and wanted to know more about the voice behind it, So was really pleased to find Graham was on myspace http://www.myspace.com/429306478 and has further recordings there, well worth a visit, great songs Graham hope to hear more from you
review written by: Jim Gillies
There's definitely something about these clever Dylan-esque lyrics that pull you into this song right from the off. But is it Marshall's skillful use of word-play or the juxtaposition of his cheery guitar work? Maybe it's his unique voice (that surely gives away a 20-a-day habit?). If I'm right maybe he shouldn't give up as I love his voice. Whatever it is, it is obvious that Marshall is the complete package delivering the listener his own style of catchy urban-folk! Best of luck Graham.
review written by: Alex Williams
Incredible! This artist has amazing song writing capabilities and embodies the welcomed change to the folk genre! Summing up "Makin' It On My Own", it is Vocally, Instrumentally and Lyrically perfect! Just like the rest of Marshall's catalogue. All this man needs is himself and a guitar! All that is needed to be a great artist!
review written by: George Webster
Graham Marshall marries the best of Dylan, Paul Simon and Nick Drake. Lyrically, Makin' It On My Own has a wonderful sense of young, happy-go-lucky irreverence coupled with the assertive stride of the entrepreneur spirit. Musically, this stripped down power-folk number reflects the going at it alone message invoked by Marshall. And the voice is simply unforgettably gritty, as if he had literally ad-libbed the words while stumbling out of a pub with a pint while all the little rats were headed back to their day jobs. All in all, a anthem for those who wish not to make a big fuss about the hand they've been dealt.
review written by: Roman Fernandez
Excellent guitar with lively upbeat. Lyrics very meaningful,yes, when all is against us we have to draw on our own inner strength and 'make it on our own' Love the alto back singing in the middle of the song. Very catchy chorus. Well done Graham, wishing you every success.
review written by: Christine Beavers