If you're not already familiar with L Marshall, you soon will be. An accomplished, multifaceted singer-songwriter, he co-wrote and featured on Wretch 32's breakthrough top five single 'Traktor', penned 'How We Roll' (a number two smash hit for Loick Essien) and 'One Thousand' a track on Cheryl Cole's latest album. Now carving out his own lane, L Marshall is emerging as a fully-fledged artist in his own right with the forthcoming release of debut single 'Castles' Ft. Little Nikki on 25h February 2013 through Mercury Records.
25 year old L Marshall has a background as varied as his music is diverse. He was born in North London but after his parents split up he moved to Fortaleza, Brazil when he was a year old, with his businesswoman mother. He returned to England aged 9, spending four years living in North London while boarding at school in the Home Counties, ending up at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire, former alma mater of Sir Richard Branson and legendary actor David Niven. Unfortunately, despite being incredibly bright academically, he got expelled, "I was the straight-A student who f***** up his education because I was more interested in making music." At the age of 13 he had moved again, this time to Lagos, Nigeria where he remained till his late teens (attending the British International School with his friend Oritse Williams of boyband JLS). L's adolescent years were marred by tragedy and hardship; losing his father, witnessing his younger cousins being mistakenly killed in a shooting and running out of funds whilst studying in Nigeria. These experiences have only furthered L's determination to carve out a successful music career.
Back residing in London, L embarked on a journey that would lead him to eventually sign a major label deal with Mercury Records. With influences ranging from 2Pac, R Kelly and Eminem through to Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones and The Killers, L Marshall's sound is a polished fusion of rap, urban, pop and rock. Already well-known and respected on the underground thanks to his mixtape 'The Wait' and collaborations with the likes of Wretch 32 and Sneakbo, L Marshall has been tipped for success by the likes of Radio 1, MTV, i-D and Rollercoaster magazine. He has won support slots for a number of the great and good of UK rap, pop and R&B including Rita Ora, Plan B and JLS.
L Marshall's debut single 'Castles' Ft. Little Nikki is an undeniably catchy, provisional but honest declaration of love with a lush arrangement and a strong hook, it's the perfect introduction to the UK's future, multifaceted, urban wunderkind.