|Yvonne”Muzz” Marshall, born in Montreal, PQ has been singing publicly since the age of 6. Recognizing her gift, it was her grandmother who introduced Muzz to vocal and piano studies, leading her onto the path of music. Muzz became a soloist in her church by age of 7, while participating in National competitions in both music and poetry.
In the late 70’s, Muzz Marshall began performing more stylistic renditions of standards from theatre, fi lm, and pop culture. Gaining momentum through performances in the Montreal and Quebec club circuits, Muzz was invited to perform with worldrenowned artists such as Ron Winans of the gospel group the “Winans” and Dizzie Gillispie during a stopover at one of Montreal’s well-known jazz bars. She has also
shared the stage with Martha Reeves of Martha and the Vandellas, Mavis Staples, Jeri Brown and has recorded with Rita McNeil and Omar Hakin (Sting drummer).
A familiar figure around the Maritimes, this breathy contralto performs with her Halifax-based band “Muzz Marshall & Atlantic Soul” and is as comfortable in front of a camera as she is in the recording studio. To her credit are guest appearances on an installment of CBC/Salter Street’s production of “Hallelujah”; DuMaurier Jazz East Festivals, Halifax, Nova Scotia Juba’ lee 2000 held at the Halifax Metro Center;
the East Coast Music Award Show televised live from St. John’s, Newfoundland and the Stan Rogers Festival. She is as dynamic an actress as she is a vocalist which was apparent in her portrayal as “Essie” in Jongleur Production of “Four Walls of Blue”, in which she brought audiences from gut wrenching laughter to silent tears in delivering her powerhouse rendition of “Well With My Soul” and Jeri Brown’s
“Man Called Golden Sky”. In the CBC Radio production of “God is Our Warden”, Muzz was singer, narrator and principle in her deliverance of a historical character depicted during the arrival of indigenous Blacks in Nova Scotia in a documentary by George Boyd and Lance Woolaver.
With Halifax as her home, Muzz’s ancestry dates back to 1784, at the time of her great-great grandfather, Charlie Steven’s arrival in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia. She is an igniting force both on and off stage. Her performances are described as riveting, energetic and dynamic!