Kamilah Marshall | Gypsy Moonshine

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Gypsy Moonshine

by Kamilah Marshall

Gypsy Moonshine is Illuminating and Inspiring. Marshall sings about people and life experience and somewhere between her melodies, you’ll hear her soul and find yours. Marshall is sure to captivate and transport you to a backwoods Memphis juke joint.
Genre: Blues: Funky Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Six Long Weeks
4:47 album only
2. Funkabilly
4:23 album only
3. Hell in Your S.U.V.
3:54 album only
4. It's Not You, it's Me
3:37 album only
5. The Way It Is
4:43 album only
6. Reach Out
3:50 album only
7. Independent Woman
3:25 album only
8. Sis Shaw
4:33 album only
9. Jami
3:33 album only
10. Gypsy Moonshine
4:05 album only
11. You Want Me
4:15 album only
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Album Notes
Her spirit is reminiscent of soul singer Roberta Flack, but her sound is all her own. Kamilah (ka.mee.la) Marshall and her debut CD, Gypsy Moonshine, promise to take you on a journey that will leave you breathless. Her style is a fusion of country, blues and funk. Marshall calls it funkabilly, a phrase coined by Nashville’s Joanna Cotten.

If you’ve Googled Kamilah Marshall (formerly Martin), you already know she’s been in the game in New York and Los Angeles for years. Since 2003, Kamilah has been one of the Staggering Harlettes, singing backup for Bette Midler, recently closing in The Showgirl Must Go On at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Broadway fans know her from RENT, Hairspray and Disney’s The Lion King, while her LA followers find her giging around town at venues like Molly Malones and the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip.

Kamilah grew up in Orange County, California, listening to every genre music had to offer. “Mom blasted Aretha, Patti and the Pointer Sisters, while Dad handed down a jazz education that included Miles, Bird and Coltrane,” she says of her growing up years. “Somewhere along the way I picked up Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix and I fell in love with country music.”

Marshall graduated high school six months early to tour with Heart Strings, a show designed to raise money and bring awareness to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Six months and 40 cities later, Kamilah had shared the stage with Nell Carter, Salt N’ Pepa and Patti LuPone. ,” Marshall says about her first tour. From that moment on, she knew performing wasn’t just a hobby.

With appearances on the Tonight Show w/Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, The View, and Oprah, Marshall is humbled to say she has worked with the best, whether it’s onstage with the great Bette Midler or in the studio with producers Salaam Remi (Amy Winehouse, Jasmine Sullivan) and Nile Rodgers (Madonna, David Bowie). And a recent performance with the Long Beach Pops proved she can do anything she sets her mind to. The recent release of the soundtrack for Sex and the City 2, finds Kamilah singing an old standard, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, and she is featured on The Original Cast Recording of the Broadway musical, Hairspray and the soundtrack for the film, Hairspray, The Musical.

But it looks like Marshall still has a few surprises in store for her fans. Her new CD, Gypsy Moonshine is Illuminating and Inspiring. Marshall sings about people and life experience and somewhere between her melodies, you’ll hear her soul and find yours. Marshall is sure to captivate and transport you to a backwoods Memphis juke joint or a Carolina family reunion. Kamilah’s spirit is a light in the dark, as she sings about her life and yours.



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Gypsy Moonshine = Absolute Brilliance
This album is a must have for anyone who has ever had things not quite go the way they expected, anyone whose ever been cheated on, lost a loved one, oh hell...this album is just A MUST HAVE. Kamilah Marshall blends Gospel, Country, Funk, and Blues to create the ingenous love-child she calls FUNKABILLY. As a debut CD, Kamilah will have to work hard to top it with her next album :)

Allison Slowski

At Last!
There are so many different sounds on this album and each a perfect vehicle for Kamilah’s voice.
I can’t help but smile listening to each track as I can hear the joy in her heart as she sings.
It’s hard to pick a favourite from these tracks. There’s a song for every mood on here. There’s toe tapping to be had with “It’s not you, It’s me”, and the track “Funkabilly” which is a fun track that explains exactly what the term means. “Jami” “Six Long Weeks” “Independent Woman” and the heartfelt ballads “Sis Shaw” and “Gypsy Moonshine” are at the top of my list. She does a killer cover of the classic “The Way it is” that’s just magical to listen to.
She gives us a taste of her country influences, a flash of funk, a bit of the blues, and a whole lot of joy. I’m so glad to have this album finally in my collection. I can’t wait to see where she goes from here.

Beverly Gilstrap

Best New Artist
Gypsy Moonshine is a stunning first in many ways. As Kamilah Marshall's first solo project, it is masterful and full of emotion. Marshall sings about life experiences and every song embodies her soul. Jami is a raucus honkey tonk party. Hell In Your SUV is a 2010 anthem of feminism that would Gloria Steinem proud. Her cover of Joanna Cotten's Funkabilly leaves no doubt about her musical roots. And while Marshall's uptempo songs are sure to make you jump, her ballads will leave you smoldering. Gypsy Moonshine is filled with the tears and disappointment that we all stumble upon sooner or later. My favorite is Bruce Hornsby's The Way It Is. Marshall 's take on this classic tune is full of pathos and truth.

If you are a fan of Indie artists, Kamilah Marshall's Gypsy Moonshine is a must in your music library. She's the real deal. The next big thing and the 2011 Grammy's may just have found their Best New Artist.


Kamilah Marshall is the REAL DEAL
Kamilah Marshall is one of my favorite performers of all time! She has an amazing voice and a stage presence to match it. I'd recommend this CD to anyone who likes GOOD MUSIC, plain and simple!! Gypsy Moonshine is my new drink!!

Chris Lankford

Kamilah Marshall knocks it right out of the park with this CD - every cut is a true gem......Thanks Milah!!!!