Kerry “2 Smooth” Marshall Talks New Music, Post Military Life and the Future

Kerry Marshall is a professional guitarist, producer and US Army combat war veteran. He has been the lead guitarist (electric and acoustic) for Jason Derulo, Ledisi and Chrisette Michele and also toured and played with Ty Dolla $ign, The Roots, Tyrese, Sean Kingston, Chante Moore, Fantasia Barrino and many others. We had the opportunity to speak with Kerry Marshall and he spoke about his latest album, his experience in the military and being a guitarist.


Kerry Marshall

I loved the sound of the instrument, it resonated with me. It made me want to make music and I loved the expressions that were on the audience’s face when they would hear the sound of the guitar. When I would watch other guitarists growing up, they looked like stars to me and had presence and that is something I wanted to achieve for myself.

Tell us about your sophomore album “Modern Art”?

My album will take you on a musical journey. It is filled with really relatable music that you’ll feel. It’s like an abstract work of art, like a collage of many different pieces that come together to make this one masterpiece. The album will be like a mural you might come across in a big city and be amazed.

What was the inspiration for your single “Puppy Love”?

I love the sound that the band Snarky Puppy is known for, so this was an ode to them. I wanted to create my own version of music that’s influenced by them.

You have played for artists like Jason Derulo, Ty Dolla $ign and