World-class vocalist heads to Foothills
Music: Rock-A-Billy brings Tina Turner tribute to Black Diamond
Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017 03:58 pm
A vocal powerhouse known to fool some people that they’re in the presence of a Grammy-winning star is heading to the Foothills in two weeks.
World-class Tina Turner tribute artist Luisa Marshall will entertain crowds in Black Diamond as part of her Lots of Love Western Canadian tour through Rock-A-Billy Entertainment at the Black Diamond Hotel April 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Internationally-acclaimed Marshall was named the World Rock and Roll Tribute Artist Champion in 2003. She is host of Simply the Best The Luisa Marshall Show on the SMC Shaw Multicultural Channel 116 on Monday mornings.
The Vancouver resident also appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2015 and on Oprah in 2005 and again in 2008 with Cher and Tina Turner as guests.
“They treated me like a star,” said Marshall of her experience on Oprah. “There were 4,000 people at the coliseum. Tina Turner and Cher were watching. It was crazy. I was numb.”
Born and raised in the Philippines, Marshall had performed in musical productions in her teens. She and her sisters formed Hall of Fame, a top 40 cover band with other musicians to sing the music they grew up listening to.
The band travelled around the world and as members moved on, Marshall formed The Luisa Marshall Band offering a variety of hits songs from the ’60s to present.
“There are so many rock bands, but very few show bands that will sing the popular songs that the deejay plays,” she said. “We were known to be deejay killers.”
Hall of Fame became an international success. It was while on tour in Japan in 1987 that Marshall learned Tina Turner was to perform in Tokyo for her Private Dancer tour.
“My sister was a big Tina Turner fan,” she said, adding they soon convinced their manager to get them tickets to her show. “It was the first time I saw Tina Turner. I was mesmerized for months after that.”
Marshall said she became an instant fan and added What’s Love Got To Do and Simply the Best to her show. In 1995, while performing in clubs packed with hundreds of fans in Dubai, a fan suggested Marshall wear a Tina Turner wig.
“I thought, where in the hell can you find a Tina Turner wig in Dubai,” she said.
On a day off from performing, Marshall perused a mall and amongst the high-end, expensive shops found a novelty store selling a $10 rock wig, similar to the iconic Tina Turner hairstyle.
She bought it and wore it at her next performance while singing Proud Mary.
“It surprised the entire crowd and that was when my Tina Turner tribute started,” she said.
Rather than just perform two Tina Turner songs, Marshall based her entire show on the multi-Grammy Award winner.
“I went through a few crazy wigs I was not proud of,” she said. “Now I’ve got a proper one that was made for me.”
In addition to Marshall’s love of performing, she has become known for her giving nature.
Her five-month Hope Beyond Thunderdome Tour raised almost $30,000 for Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome programs in Canada. She performed for Canadian peacekeepers at military camps, as well as various charity concerts.
This year’s Lots of Love Tour has Marshall performing across western Canada with such hits as We Don’t Need Another Hero from February until May.
Family has always played a role in Marshall’s musical career. She’s performed with her sisters, who won’t be able to perform with Marshall in Black Diamond, and her brother choreographed and directed her tribute show.
In addition, both of Marshall’s daughters are musicians. Her youngest, Zenia, has been cast for the upcoming television series Date My Dad, starring Raquel Welch and Barry Watson which will air in June.
“It’s not easy to work with family, but when you do it right it’s an amazing feeling,” Marshall said.
Tickets to see Luisa Marshall perform cost $30 and can be purchased at Okotoks Sobeys and the Black Diamond Hotel. Only cash is accepted. For more information about the show call 403-612-7046 or go to Facebook.com/rockabillyent
To learn more about Luisa Marshall go to luisamarshall.com