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Kendell Marvel

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Kendell Marvel
Kendell Marvel performing live at the Exit-In December 2018
Background information
OriginNashville, Tennessee
GenresCountry, Outlaw Country, Country rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active1998–present
LabelsBig Daddy, Easy Eye Sound

Kendell Marvel is an American country music singer and songwriter. He released his debut solo album, Lowdown & Lonesome in October 2017.[1]

Early life[edit]

Kendell Marvel was born and raised in Southern Illinois.[2] He quickly discovered his talent as a musician when his father would take him to play Honky Tonks starting at 10 years old.[3] He grew up between Galatia and Thompsonville, Illinois, and spent much of his youth traveling around the area playing shows.[4] Marvel decided to relocate to Cheatham County, Tennessee in 1998, to pursue his career as a songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee.[5]


On his first day in Nashville, Kendell wrote the song "Right Where I Need to Be" which was cut by Gary Allen and peaked at number 5 on Billboard's country music chart.[2] This initial success really boosted Kendell's career as a writer and allowed him to work with a wide array of acts including, Jake Owen, George Strait and many more.[2] As his career progressed he returned to his roots, feeling that a traditional sound was a more natural fit for his writing and own music style. In 2008 he wrote the title track for Jamey Johnson's Grammy nominated album, That Lonesome Song, which yielded the same name as the song.[6] Kendell has also written over 60 songs with country star, Chris Stapleton including his grammy winning track, "Either Way".[5][7] In 2017 Marvel started a residency at Nashville's Exit/In, performing monthly shows tagged as "Kendell Marvel's Honky Tonk Experience" playing original songs, and classic country hits, with a different set of special guests each month.[8][9] Some of the guests that have joined him on this stage include, Cody Jinks, Brothers Osborne, Alison Krauss, Jamey Johnson, Chris Shiflett of the Foo Fighters, Randy Houser, Ashley McBryde and many more.[8][9][10][11][12]

In 2017, Marvel released his first solo album Lowdown and Lonesome, a 10-track concept album that tells stories of heartbreak and vice, produced by Keith Gattis, featuring songs co-written by acts such as Chris Stapleton and Randy Houser.[1][12]

Marvel's second studio album, Solid Gold Sounds, co-produced by Dan Auerbach and David R. Ferguson, came out on October 11 of 2019.[13]


Studio albums

  • Lowdown and Lonesome (Big Daddy, 2017)
  • Solid Gold Sounds (Easy Eye Sound, 2019)
  • Come On Sunshine (self released, 2022)[14]

Songwriting credits[edit]

Songs written by Marvel, with original artists, co-writers and originating album, showing year released
Title Artist(s) Co-writer(s) Originating album Year US Hot 100 US Hot
"Right Where I Need to Be" Gary Allan Casey Beathard Smoke Rings in the Dark 2000 42 5 [15]
"Don't Think I Can't Love You" Jake Owen Owen, Jimmy Ritchey Easy Does It 2008 57 2 [16]
"Twang" George Strait Jim Lauderdale, Jimmy Ritchey Twang 2009 100 14 [17]
"Comin' Around" Josh Thompson Thompson, Rodney Clawson N/A 2011 31 [18]
"Either Way" Chris Stapleton Stapleton, Tim James From A Room: Volume 1 2017 89 17 [19]


  2. ^ a b c "Kendell Marvel Reflects on His Career Following the Release of 'Lowdown & Lonesome'". Billboard. November 7, 2017.
  3. ^ "Interview with Songwriter, Kendell Marvel". Nashville Lifestyle. November 20, 2017.
  4. ^ "Returning to his roots Southern Illinois native will perform in Harrisburg Saturday". Harrisburg Register. January 9, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Hear Kendell Marvel, Chris Shiflett Talk Chris Stapleton, Bro Country". Rolling Stone. November 20, 2017.
  6. ^ "Grammy Awards Jamey Johnson". Grammy.
  7. ^ "A country singer with Marvel-ous songs, voice and beard". Abilene Reporter-News. November 4, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Kendell Marvel Calls His Own Shots On Debut Solo Record 'Lowdown and Lonesome'". Wide Open Country. 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Kendell Marvel talks Chris Stapleton, radio rejection". Tennessean. August 21, 2017.
  10. ^ "Kendell Marvel Celebrates Album Release With Black Crowes, Foo Fighters, Brothers Osborne". Music Row. October 31, 2017.
  11. ^ "Kendell Marvel is Not 'Lowdown and Lonesome' With His Debut Album!". New England Country Music. October 23, 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Thompsonville native Kendell Marvel could be country's next big thing". The Southern Illinoisan. April 6, 2017.
  13. ^ "Kendell Marvel To Release 'Solid Gold Sounds' Album In October". Music Row. August 1, 2019.
  14. ^ "ALBUM REVIEW: Kendell Marvel Goes Right to What's True on 'Come on Sunshine'".
  15. ^ "Gary Allen Chart History Hot Country Song". Billboard.
  16. ^ "Jake Owen Chart History Hot Country Song". Billboard.
  17. ^ "George Straight Chart History Hot Country Songs". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Josh Thompson Chart History Hot Country Songs". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Chris Stapleton Chart History Hot Country Song". Billboard.