Don't give up

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Lisa Marshall— Soul De Femme, 2019 

★★★★★ 

Lisa Marshall from Texas stuffs her retro-soul-folk-funk blues with the surprisingly witty feminist texts. We wish we heard more songs of protest and freedom with such a perfect and even sophisticated musical accompaniment.-Yep Magazine

Lisa is keeping the women of soul/R&B/Blues alive and well in this modern age with her covers, and more so in her own original work. Having seen her multiple times around Austin when I'm on work gigs in the area, and ALL of her music on my playlists - she's a multiple daily dose of funky love and feeling. If you haven't seen her play the "Blonde" in a live setting, you need to fly to Austin when she is playing, such a GIANT voice in such a tiny body.-Allen Erickson, Fan

Favorite track: High ON Her Perch.

The genre is properly named...reaches in touches the heart and grabs the soul! - Clint Hancock, Fan

 As long as I have your music, everything is great. J  You lift me up on many a Saturday when I am at work hating my life. Lol!  I just plug in your tunes and I am in another dimension. - Paula Lobb, Fan

Welcome to the official Lisa Marshall website!

Lisa Marshall is an American Retro Sweet Soul, Folk-funk Singer/songwriter, recording artist and producer influenced by Soul/ folk-funk music of the '60's & '70's. Incorporating the call and answer harmonies of the Sweet Inspirations on Aretha Franklin records. Drawing inspiration from "sweet soul", "psychedelic soul", early Blues and R&B. 

I would love for you to take this journey with me. There is so much more to come!

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Soul De Femme  

Soul De femme is a collection of songs I have written about and for women inspired by socially conscious Soul music of the 60's and 70's. 

When I was playing in my band in Los Angeles during the early 90's, it was often said by music promoters not to have more than one female act on a bill because the show would not sell. We were responded to by radio often telling us they had their "quota" of female artists already. 
Along comes Lilith Fair and outsells ALL of the other festivals and it's all female fronted musical acts! It upset a lot of people. It was dubbed in the press "Dyke Fest", "Lesbian Fest". Rolling Stone magazine used "estrogen-fest" and "femanizis" to describe the crowd! (Plenty of men were going too) This is not about me being personally insulted but is about a mentality that still persists today that perpetuates an idea that it is ok to think of others as somehow less than and therefore fair game to insult and exclude, deny equalities, or worst, toward such individuals, is acceptable. It is not. 

It was a defining moment for me. It was one of many things that gave me the inspiration to write these songs. If you head over to the EP link, you will be able to read full backstories on each song. 
http://lisamarshall.bandcamp.com/album/soul-de-femme 
In the words of Ruth Bader Ginsburg- “I ask no favor for my sex; all I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.”

Behind the song: 
"Don't Give Up" is the first song I recorded with my first band when I first moved to Austin. The band was Mary Harsh on Bass, Russ Scanlon on Guitar and Johnny Radelat on Drums. We recorded it at Parrot Tracks Studio in Buda, TX. 
We multi-tracked the song meaning we were all in the same room being recorded all at once. We had not been playing together very long but possessed real soulful chemistry as a group. We did not use a click track (a meter that clicks and is played through headphones usually worn by the drummer). I'm not a fan of click tracks. I like a song to naturally push and pull, like breathing. You can hear a great example of this on 'Lady Marmalade' the original recording by LABELLE. I love that song!! 
We watched each other for dynamics and builds. It was such a magical experience! 
I recorded the lead vocals after we got the band recorded. You can't really use vocals when you're the guitar player too. You can hear the guitar strings being played. 
Later the Chardonnays came in and did their delicious harmonies ;) 
I mixed it on Garageband and you're hearing the result. 

I hope you will enjoy the download. Please feel free to share it with your friends and family or even strangers who might need to hear it! 

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