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Marilyn Marshall is an American singer of Soft Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Smooth Club and Gospel music. She tours throughout the United States, Canada and the Bahamas. Marshall is a veteran of stage and television and received “Entertainer of The Year” honors three years in a row in her home county of Burlington, NJ and Bucks County PA.

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Early Years

Marilyn began singing at the age of three years old. She began playing piano by ear, at the age of six, however, she took music lessons which according to her music instructor could not last too long because she was playing unusual chord changes better than the music teacher. Marilyn liked to write poems and soon wrote lyrics to melodies she composed. Although she liked to play piano, she found much comfort in the organ.

In the fall of 1965, during an afternoon of rigid rehearsal, a bandleader approached her door at home and asked if she would be interested in joining his group as an organist and vocalist. The group was already contracted for engagements at the Officer’s Club at McGuire AFB as well as the Fort Dix Officer’s Club in New Jersey; Marilyn’s professional career began that year.

Marshall was the lead vocalist for a variety of acts including touring the Jersey shore circuit in the 1970s with the Jackie Vee Band. Their repertoire ranged from Tina Turner style rockers to Billie Holiday Blues. In addition to singing her instrument of choice was the legendary Hammond B-3 Organ which had to be raised with a rope and pulley for the traditional beach front roof-top concerts of that era. She was a featured vocalist for the Count Basie Orchestra. Marilyn worked at the famous Club Harlem in Atlantic City opening for James Brown and Junior Walker and the All-Stars.

Her television appearances include being a regular entertainer on "Dialing For Dollars" with Larry Ferrari, and on Al Alberts Showcase airing on WPVI-TV 6 ABC in Philadelphia. She also made a guest appearance on Bill Cosby's "You Bet Your Life" television show. Marilyn has shared the stage and opened for a host of Motown and Philly legends including The Intruders, the Delfonics, G.C. Cameron, The Blue Notes’ Gil Saunders, Philadelphia Legend Bunny Sigler, and former Temptations vocalists Richard Street and Damon Harris.

The Willingboro New Jersey resident is a musician, vocalist, educator, published author, and event promoter. Her first album "Just Us Two" was released in 1996 garnering airplay locally first in the Philadelphia area on radio station WDAS-FM debuting on Jerry Wells "Sunday Jazz Brunch." The featured track "Give Me Back Romance" provided the soundtrack for patrons dining at Club El at the live broadcast in Center City Philadelphia. Radio host Bobby Jay of WCBS FM New York; E. C. LaRock, and Greg Evans of WDAS-FM Philadelphia, Jeannie Becker of WBZC, South Jersey; Al Brewster, Billy G, and Jake Weiman of WRDV FM in Philadelphia also supported her debut project. [1]

Her philanthropic efforts include performances for a 2001 benefit for the national Damon Harris Cancer Foundation; [2] Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation, 2002; Bill Deal Cystic Fibrosis Fund, 2003; and donates a portion of the proceeds from her album "Hold On" and entertains at the annual fundraiser for Hold on to Education Foundation Inc.[3]

Music Career Highlights

Marshall composed and produced her current CD “Hold On,” which features 14 tracks of original R&B, Contemporary Dance compositions and Soul Standards. The CD’s featured selection “Let’s Stay Together,” was originally released in 1998 as a 12 inch Vinyl dance single, popular in Night Clubs across the U.S. Famed Philadelphia radio personality the "Geator with the Heater" Jerry Blavat gave the debut to her club single at his Atlantic City record hops. The track reached the top ten on veteran WOGL DJ Bob Pantano's Philadelphia Spinners record pool chart. “Dancin’ Dan of the Hy Lit Party Machine, and DJ Jeff Weiman of radio station WBCB helped break Mariyn’s dance tracks in the Bucks County PA area. Her single and albums have been featured, reviewed and charted in the industry trade publications “Billboard,” “Dance Music Authority,” “Blues and Soul Magazine” and journalist Larry Cotton’s international publication “In The Basement Magazine.”

Marshall has donated portions of the album’s proceeds to private rehabilitation facilities for substance abuse and those suffering from Bipolar Disorder as a result of chemical abuse.

Marilyn's 1990's appearances in the Dance artist arena include Prospectors Night Club in Mount Laurel New Jersey, Club Vegas opening For Jay Z in Philadelphia, and a summer tropical tour with performances for resident DJ Joey Jam's productions at Club Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Her music receives continued support from Club DJ's at the annual DJ Times International Expo in Atlantic City NJ.

Awards and Honors

In 2001 Ms. Marshall received commendations and praise from the Seventh New Jersey Legislative District through their elected official for 35 years of Entertainment. She was also honored with a proclamation from the Mayor of her hometown of Willingboro.

The Delaware Valley Chapter of the NAACP awarded Marshall the 2003 Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic contributions to the community and her innovative teaching strategies in the classroom.

Presently Marilyn Marshall is a retired educator, having taught Special Education and Fine Arts in Burlington, Atco and Willingboro, New Jersey. A native New Yorker and preacher’s daughter, Ms. Marshall recently received her Doctorate in Education and has adopted the Hold on to Education Foundation as her Non-profit charity. She is the choir director for her Church in South Jersey. Marilyn is currently in the studio completing an album project under the direction of John Legend horn arranger Stephen Tirpak. Her backing band is the Palmer Jenkins Ensemble. Ms. Marshall's most recent appearances include the Willingboro Jazz Festival with Spyro Gyra. [4] [5]

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