A force of nature, a petite powerhouse of creativity, actress and singer, Gay Marshall, has released her third recording, Back on Boogie Street – Songs of Leonard Cohen
Featuring Music Director, Arranger and Co-Producer, Ross Patterson, Gay Marshall has once again put a personal and sublime stamp on a master – this time the late Canadian songwriter and performer, Leonard Cohen – with her new independent release, Back on Boogie Street.
“How unapologetically truthful, vulnerable, insightful and visionary are Leonard Cohen’s words,” wrote Marshall in her self-penned liner notes, “and how beautiful and varied his musical styles.”
Click here to watch her sing “Famous Blue Raincoat” at Pangea.
The repertoire includes known masterpieces such as “A Thousand Kisses Deep” and “I’m Your Man” as well as the more obscure, “That Don’t Make it Junk” and the title track, “Boogie Street.” Marshall mixes some of Cohen’s spoken word pieces with several musical tracks, and brilliantly redefines Cohen’s music for those who have thought of him as a “harbinger of doom.” Joyful and profound, the recording is a product of the ongoing collaboration between Marshall and pianist Patterson, with bassist Don Falzone, accordionist Rachelle Garniez, cellist Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf, violinist Bryan Hernandez-Luch, guitarist Gary Sieger and percussionist Gabriel Globus-Hoenich.
“I could never have realized this vision without the creativity, patience, brilliant arrangements and exquisite artistry of Ross Patterson, who made this record possible. He brought these world class musicians together and ran the sessions with such ease and so much heart. He is the ideal collaborator, accompanist, arranger and friend,” said Marshall.
Gay Marshall was named a Billboard Top World Artist with the release of her first recording, Gay Marshall Sings Piaf La Vie L’Amour. Similar to her take on Cohen, Marshall’s look at the beloved French Icon, Edith Piaf, was anything but bleak. Marshall considered Piaf’s triumphs over personal tragedies proof of her life force, and brought that exuberance to her collection of nineteen stunning tracks, including several of Marshall’s own translations (by permission of the composers). The album premiered as a #12 Hot Shot Debut on the Billboard World Album Chart.
When the Covid-19 lockdown hit, Marshall was planning a CD release show in New York City, and a campaign to promote Back on Boogie Street – Songs of Leonard Cohen. Those larger plans are slightly postponed, but you can purchase the recording on iTunes, Spotify and all major streaming devices now.