With talent and determination, Ané Marshall has been blessed to continue her successful career in entertainment. As her way of thanking her audiences, especially in Las Vegas, the producer and star of “It’s a Man’s World … Buttt” is performing an encore performance at the Summerlin Library Performing Arts Center on June 9 with no ticket needed. Everyone is invited to enjoy this free show.
“This is an incredible chance for me to say thank you to the many people who have seen the production and to invite everyone who has not seen it,” Marshall told LVWomanMagazine.com. “This is a magnificent experience for the whole family.”
The show celebrates the songs of America’s most soulful era with Marshall singing with the Shirelles for 26 years and voted a Living Legend by the Black Music Association and Academy.
Marshall has been a resident of Las Vegas for almost 13 years and during that period toured the world as well as produced CDs with her original music.
“I will cover the music of many of the legends I had the opportunity to share the stage with as well as share stories of my experiences,” she said. “I have included some songs traditionally sung by men. I am going to sing those songs from a woman’s point of view.”
The music industry is so heavily dominated by men but there are women also making great music and Marshall wants to showcase those talents. “This is why I created the show. There is great music by men but we can’t forget the women either.”
The production will feature a full band, dancers and backup singers with a segment honoring men and women who have served in the military, either active or in the past. “I could never do what they have done and I am so thankful they served our country for me.”
When Marshall was growing up, she found music through pain. “Sometimes the greatest joys and experiences come from a place of discomfort.” There was always music playing in her childhood home but no one sang or played an instrument. As very small child, she noticed a birthmark on her right foot that looked like an elf with a musical note coming out of its mouth. She felt she had been touched and that she would be a singer.
However, Marshall was very shy as a teenager and her heart got broken as happens with teenagers. She would sing at home and begin to dream about singing on stage several times a week. At this time, living in New Jersey, Cissy Houston (Whitney Houston’s mother) would sing with a man at her church. She was so inspired by him that Marshall approached the man after one service and asked him about singing professionally. He would audition her and Marshall eventually became a lead singer of a group produced by Shalamar. After working with other groups and going solo, she joined the Shirelles. “It was an amazing experience and I am in awe of that group and my time with them.” She has also performed with Chubby Checker, Tony Bennett, Queen Latifah, Martha Reeves, Four Tops, Kenny G and The Temptations.
“It’s a Man’s World … Buttt” will be performed at the Summerlin Library Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on June 9. The theater is located at 1717 Inner Circle Drive. On the same night, Marshall will be inducted into the Las Vegas Entertainers Hall of Fame for her 26 years with the Shirelles. No ticket is needed and the public is invited.