Owner/operator of Stratus Entertainment.
*Doug Marshall-a former Marine for 8 years- served his time in the military as an F/A 18 plane captain and jet engine mechanic. His experience of working on 40 million dollar jets, attention to detail and spending time in the Marine Corps has instilled Marshall with discipline, timeliness and persistence to tackle whatever task is thrown in front of him. The Marine Corps taught Marshall loyalty, professionalism and a relentless work ethic which he carries with him throughout his current endeavors.
*Doug Marshall started the band Souls Harbor with other fellow Marines and two sailors aboard an aircraft carrier. He never looked back after that and dove straight ahead into the music business. Since the early 2000’s, he has been involved in music in some sort or fashion-whether it was being the frontman, booking the band that he was in or playing the role of manager.
*Marshall has been involved in 5 studio albums and has been part of numerous other recordings. His band Souls Harbor, a hard rock band, gained Southern notoriety and did so by playing countless shows on the road. In 2004 the band did a 4 song EP called “Burning Souls” with the help of producer Eric Bass, who has been a part of Shinedown Since 2007. Eric Bass would then produce the next 2 EP’s and full album before leaving to join Shinedown.
*The track on the first EP called “Burning Souls” was then put into full rotation on Rock 106.9 (Rock 106.1) WFXH, which helped gain Souls Harbor local and regional success, selling out local and regional venues. The track was also picked up in Charleston on 98X, which helped the band land some major record label attention. In 2006 Souls Harbor signed with Crash/EMI records and embarked on a national tour covering the Southeast, East coast, some Northeast and Midwest.
During this time the band became part of The Jagermeister music family, which landed them on some huge opening slots for bands such as Slayer, Mastodon, Killswitch, Kittie, Walls of Jericho and In This Moment.
Local & regional venues would also capitalize on their work ethic. Their energetic shows and showmanship helped place them on opening slots for National acts at a variety of large music venues. This then lead to the band eventually returning to these venues as a headliner that drew hundreds of fans.
During this time Doug Marshall, with help from the band, started to capitalize on their success and play some very well-known venues which helped to add another notch on their belt.
In 2009, Eric Bass would link up the band with producer, engineer and singer/songwriter Rick Beato who had worked with notable bands such as Parmalee, Submersed, Shinedown and many more rock bands that were a success.
Together, Souls Harbor and Beato wrote a 10 song album called Anxiety Society which drew attention from major labels. The title track, “Anxiety Society” became the most requested song of 2010 on Rock 106.1. Shortly after that, management had come in and requested that the band make some member changes.
The band, Souls Harbor, continued to play shows and label showcases up until 2012. However, at The House of Blues-in front of sold out crowd opening for All That Remains and Hatebreed-this would unknowingly become the band’s last show…closing chapter of Souls Harbor in this form.
After deciding take a break from music for a bit and figure out life, Marshall found himself reconnecting with former full band member, Alan Price. Marshall and Price also partnered up with new-found guitarist/vocalist, Sonny Bond and began playing acoustic covers as well as original shows. This lineup would open up new opportunities and also become the new identity of the band. Marshall was reluctant to continue with the name Souls Harbor, but it seemed every venue that they played would promote the project as Doug & Alan and/or Sonny from Souls Harbor. It was at that point that it was clear the band needed to add “Acoustic” to the end of it in hopes to differentiate between the past and present.
Over the years, the group would often times perform as a duo, trio, 4-piece or even a 5-piece lineup. The band began to hustle and make this their main form of living, eventually showcasing their talent at an average of over 300 gigs a year since 2013.
If keeping up with all of these shows wasn’t enough, in 2015 Marshall also formed a new rock project called Akilavue. This particular lineup consisted of current Souls Harbor Acoustic guitarist, Sonny Bond, along with newly added Davey Masteller on bass and Doug McCarthy behind the kit.
For those of you who don’t know Doug Marshall, this is a cliff note version of what actually happened in his past and present life. It is without a doubt that Marshall doesn’t lose sight of where he’s come from. “Most importantly, I owe a LOT to all the members who I ever had the pleasure to play on stage with. I’m also grateful for all the venue owners who gave us a chance, the families of the band members, the roadies and techs, the bands we toured with (there’s too many to list!), everyone who gave us their ear to listen to our music and the radio stations who would fight the “norm” and put us into their system. Marshall continues, “Managers, staff, bartenders…where do we begin? Overwhelmed is the word that pops in my mind when trying to name everyone! “
“I was not perfect and never claimed to be. I made mistakes and have never claimed to be perfect. However , I have learned and have grown from those mistakes and want to share with the world my knowledge, experience and compassion for anything involving music.
There are a lot of things that go on behind the scenes that not everyone could understand or fathom, to make the ship not sink!”
To Jon Fenin, Zane Lewis, Tom Keneally, John Faivre, Ryland Underwood, Tony Bigley, Pauly Huck, Justin Long, Alan Price, Jon Holt, Ryan Bennett, Gogi Randhawa, Eric Rickert, Hunter Thurston, Rob Campbell, Dan Grey, Davey Masteller, Doug McCarthy, Justin Oldt & Chris Broome, you guys are who have made this process memorable and possible, thank you for everything! Much respect and love.
Fred Ward and Fred Michaels special thanks and gratitude for showing me the ropes and being my mentors.
More stories to follow on my blog. I will make sure no one is missed.
Notable venues performed:
House of Blues Myrtle Beach, SC**
Masquerade Atlanta, GA**
Music Farm Charleston, SC**
Hooligans, Jacksonville, NC**
Toads Place Richmond VA
Canal Club Richmond, VA
Planet Rock Jacksonville, NC
Freebird Live, Jacksonville, FL**
The Nick Birmingham, AL
The Satellite Charlottesville, VA
Amos Southend Charlotte, NC**
Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL
Monkey Business HHI, SC**
Shoreline Ballroom HHI, SC**
The Blue Nite Cafe HHI, SC**
Snitches NYC, NY
The Loft/Center Stage Atlanta, GA
The Backroom Austin, TX
The Grand Casino Biloxi, MS
The Handlebar Greenville, SC**
The Edge Jacksonville, FL
Notable bands that his band(s) have shared the stage with-as either a local or regional opener, toured with or one-off openers.
In no particular order:
SLAYER, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, MASTODON, MUSHROOMHEAD, FILTER, SEVENDUST, PAPA ROACH, DROWNING POOL, STONE SOUR, KORN, LACUNA COIL, REV THEORY, FIVE BOLT MAIN, EARSHOT, STRATA, CHEVELLE, KITTIE, FLAW, COLD, THEORY OF A DEADMAN, CAVO, 10YEARS, DEEPFIELD, SAVING ABEL, SALIVA, SILENT CIVILIAN, 40 BELOW SUMMER, DOG FASHION DISCO, WALLS OF JERICHO, 2 CENTS, HURT, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, EVANS BLUE, CROSSFADE, RED, ALL THAT REMAINS, BURY YOUR DEAD, HINDER, TRAPT, FUEL, THE EXIES, BREAKING BENJAMIN, STAIND, GODSMACK, THREE DAYS GRACE, SOIL, GEORGE LYNCH AND THE LYNCH MOB, TRACY GUNS, SHADOWS FALL, TAPROOT, HEMLOCK, THE DAMNED THINGS, NONPOINT, BOBAFLEX, PYSCHO STICK, RAINS, DARK NEW DAY, CANDLEBOX, ANGIE APARO, EDWIN MCCAIN, DRIVIN N CRYIN, SPIDER MONKEY, REV 7, QUENCH, DEAR ENEMY, ALTER BRIDGE, MAYLENE AND THE SONS OF DISASTER, THE VEER UNION, ALLELE, SHELDON, CITY SLEEPS, ALSTON, MY DARKEST DAYS, SHAMANS HARVEST, TRIGGER POINT, IN THIS MOMENT, ZACK MYERS of SHINEDOWN,
NATIONAL ACTS MARSHALL HAS BOOKED:
AUSTIN WINKLER (HINDER)
MY DARKEST DAYS
BLACK MARKET HERO
Doug Marshall has a roster of over 100 local and regional acts who are professional and working musicians. The genres his roster includes spans from Americana, Folk, Bluegrass, Rock, Hard Rock, Funk, Adult Contemporary, Classical, Blues, Jazz, Beach, Reggae, Pop and Country.
Whether it’s a cover band or a full original act, Stratus Entertainment will provide you with your musical needs.