Marshall Dane in 2016
This is it!
2016 is set to be the year Marshall Dane puts his infectious blend of country music back on course with a bumper crop of hits. Coming down the line with his characteristic tales of love, hope and rock and roll, Marshall is passionate about what’s on the menu over the next 12 months.
It started with a song, “Cryin’ Over”, released in February 2016 followed by Motorcycle in the spring. A blend of classic and contemporary with a smile on its face, the Southern Ontario born singer is putting all his efforts into the forthcoming year with singles, an album and of course lots of touring already scheduled.
Marshall has been writing, recording and working his way towards this brand new and exciting phase in his music career.
“The publishing deal meant I got to write with their writers. I also got to record in Nashville. Imagine doing what you like more than anything else in the world? Well, working with these players was just like that.”
“Everything lead to this point in the studio,” says Marshall. “I felt very strong, very positive, full of passion. I went in there more focused than I’d ever been. Taking no prisoners, no more excuses – from me or anyone else.”
Business aside, the last two years have also seen tours and festival performances across the country including visits to Mississauga Waterfront and the Canadian National Exhibition as well as a tour of small Inuit villages throughout Greenland and Arctic Canada, one which had a lasting impact on the singer. “I was totally taken by all of the songwriters I met along my travels. There was no selfishness, no ego getting in the way of the songs. It was just pure story telling.”
Being part of that closeness to Mother Nature, the people and the music, inspired Marshall to pen several more tunes, including “Back To The Basics” which formed part of the batch of new songs from his recent Nashville writing sessions.
Marshall’s been close to music since his preacher dad first taught him how to play “The Farmer’s Song” on guitar. Playing his first solo gig for thirty five bucks and a plate of cheesecake Marshall worked in a local band before eventually taking what cash and courage he had and made his way to Nashville.
“Best move ever!” he roars recalling how he quickly got to find his feet in the country music capital. “I was encouraged to submit a song for a local writing competition at a country radio station,” he says with a grin. “Low and behold I won the contest. The prize? To open for Emerson Drive and perform for an audience of country music fans.”
That appearance landed him a deal with The Agency Group in 2010. The album “Running Stop Signs” followed, backed by a tour and a nomination to represent the New Artist Showcase at the 2011 CCMA’s.
“I’ve been playing the circuit for a few years, consistently making sure to deliver a first class performance until the last note“
In 2013 Marshall released “One Of These Days” featuring killer tunes “Alcohol Abuse” and “I’ll Be Your Whiskey” followed by one tour after another including his first US radio tour in 2014.
Performing during this years 2016 CCMA’s week in London, Ontario, Marshall is set to continue his course of engaging his audiences everywhere he goes with his consistently high energy delivery of his most honest and exciting new songs yet, in anticipation of his next album.