Although no stranger to the stage, Marsha, who won the top prize for best Vocal Performance in the International American Song Festival, which included hundreds of thousands of performers from all over the world, as well as steady live shows and recording, stepped away from performing to raise her daughter, Rachael, and pursue her voice-over and acting career (a SAG/AFTRA member with hundreds of national credits).
You may not realize it, but you have probably heard her voice before.. Marsha has been dubbed by the press as the Voicemail Queen the voice for over 40 million voice mail system subscribers in this country at one time. “I’m sorry that’s not a valid password – please try your call again later.” And..” Are you Still There?” She was also the National voice for Safeway and Vons TV and radio spots, to name a few. She also started a company with her daughter 7 years ago called Just in Case, Inc. A socially conscious company with a mission to empower women to make positive choices for their personal health.(http://justincaseinc.com/)
The winds of change began a year ago when she returned to her passion - singing. ”I literally had to sing again. Music has a direct link to the heart – and when you are given the gift of song – and you don’t use it – it ends up in heartbreak. It was time.”
After reconnecting with a former band mate she hadn’t worked with in 20 years, through Social Media, Marsha recorded her CD, It's Time in Nashville with Diskeyes Productions. At the helm of production was Donny Marrow, with his esteemed group of studio musicians from all over the country. Her songs range from Billie Holiday to Bonnie Raitt. “I’ve been known to cross genres for a great lyric. And do – often,” she muses. She recently recorded her 2nd CD in Nashville which is due out later this year and is planning a live recording session in November of this year.
After successful shows at Catalina Jazz Club, and an SRO show at Vitello’s Upstairs, she has been invited to return to Catalina’s on July 10th with her “Gentlemen of Jazz”. Featuring jazz greats, Llew Matthews is Musical Director/Piano, Kenny Dennis on Drums, Rickey Woodard on Sax, and Mike Gurrola on Bass.
From the moment she steps onto the stage, Marsha captivates the audience, has it in the palm of her hand and never lets go. She is a consistent, constant joy throughout her performance. How fortunate we are that she has revived her singing career after a long absence from the music scene. Betty Hoover, Jazz at the A Frame.