Kerry "2 Smooth" Marshall is a talented and celebrated guitarist, recording artist, instructor, session player, social influencer, producer, artist developer and voting member of the Recording Academy. His unique, innovative and signature sound is one that is sought after by many all over the country. This North Carolina native began learning guitar at an early age and immediately began a quest to make a difference in the world of music. After relocating to Birmingham, Alabama at the age of 11, he rapidly became known as a phenomenon in the region. In 2012, his band Nurdy Tunes, won first place in the Strange Arrange competition where they were awarded $10,000 and an opportunity to remake a live version of one of Musiq Soulchild’s records with him in studio. A driven perfectionist at heart, Marshall has been fine-tuning his craft for over 20 years. His musical style is influenced by guitarists such as Erick Walls, Tim Stewart, Kevin Wilson, John Mayer and Eddie "Spanky" Alford, yet infused with his own individual touch.
In November 2013, Marshall made the cross-country move to Los Angeles where his career has really flourished. Marshall has had the fortuity to be a facet on the entertainment scene with many artists. The roster of performers he has graced the stage with is extensive and continues to grow, He has performed as Lead Guitarist with legendary and rising star power artists like superstar Jason Derulo, film actor and R&B singer Tyrese Gibson, The Roots, Ledisi, Ty Dolla $ign, Sean Kingston, Chante Moore, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, Raheem DeVaughn, Leela James, Chrisette Michele, Musiq Soulchild, Anthony Hamilton, Jill Scott, Fantasia Barrino, Jacob Latimore, Kevin Ross Teedra Moses and many others.
In 2015, Marshall performed all over the US and internationally. He went on tour with Ledisi, Raheem DeVaughn and Leela James in front of sold out crowds in 27 cities across the US. Following the tour, he traveled extensively through the US and abroad for shows with Jason Derulo and Ledisi. The international dates with Jason Derulo brought him to Dubai, Malaysia, Malta, Hungary, Switzerland and Germany. In 2016, Marshall spent 5 months abroad in Beijing and also launched his successful online lesson course via Soundslice, which became a best-seller on the site.
Marshall has performed at countless world famous venues such as The Roxy, The Troubadour, Whiskey A Go Go, Hard Rock Cafe Los Angeles & Nashville, Club Nokia, The Mint, Hotel Cafe, The Hollywood Bowl and the Forum. Aside from touring, Marshall is also a session guitarist, having recorded in studio sessions for Rita Ora, Emeli Sande, Mali Music, Ledisi, Michael Bolton and internet sensation James Wright Chanel.
Marshall has been featured in Guitar Player magazine, Electronic Musician, Soundtrack Entertainment, local newspapers in Birmingham, Alabama, several online outlets and blogs and has made television appearances on Good Morning America, in the TV series R&B Divas LA, Perez Hilton’s PerezTV, and Talk of Alabama. He has a significant online presence with over 1,600,000 views on his YouTube channel, and over 40,000 followers and subscribers on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram combined. He has several guitar tutorials on Soundslice, YouTube and Facebook which have earned him his audience along with many students all over the world to whom he teaches guitar.
2018 is a year full of promise for Marshall. Expanding his brand by appearing in advertisements, photo shoots, and receiving brand and endorsement deals with several companies has him excited for the next phase of his career. He is constantly cultivating his gift, and his humble demeanor paves a path for constant recognition. He will be releasing his highly anticipated sophomore album this year titled "Modern Art".