ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Wayne Marshall has worked with Sean Paul, Beenie Man and Elephant Man. But the Jamaican artist has reached a new high – he’s opening for Stephen Marley on his current tour.
“The tour is going great,” he says during a recent interview. “There are no complaints and it’s a learning experience for me. I’m seeing a lot of places for the first time. Stephen is very experienced when it comes to music and I’m just absorbing it all in.”
Marshall is touring in support of his album, “Tru Colors,” which was released in January. The album was years in the making and he’s glad to finally have it out.
“It was about getting the chemistry of the music coming together,” he says. “It took me a long time to get it all right. I’m very grateful for all of that right now.”
Marshall grew up in Jamaica and says while he wasn’t always interested in music, it was a part of his life. He was in choir as a teenager and that’s when his talent became apparent.
“People would look at me and know that I was going to be a singer,” he says. “From that point on, I knew being out on the road and making music was where I was going to be.”
Marshall says while he’s on tour with Marley, he has been taking the time to learn from the experienced musician. He also is enjoying time on the bus with all the musicians.
“We’ve created this little family,” he says. “It’s very comfortable on this tour and it’s because Stephen has created an incredible vibe.”
Another aspect Marshall is enjoying is having the opportunity to perform the material from “Tru Colors.”
“The songs have been received well,” he says. “This represents years of hard work on my part and I’m glad to be able to share it with a new audience each night.”