Marisha MacRae

Marisha MacRae was born in Alamance County, North Carolina. Her mother began teaching her to play the piano when she was five years old. When she was ten, she taught herself how to play the guitar. At age 12 she began to study violin and later she taught herself to play the fiddle, Native American flute, and Native American drum. She began touring when she was fifteen, as the opening act for a southern rock band, “Sutter’s Gold Streak Band”.<>

Marisha performed solo around the United States and Europe for many years. In the Late 70’s she toured with Yukon Jack as their lead female vocalist. In 1979, she joined Billy Scott and The Georgia Prophets as one of Billy’s back-up singers. In September 1980, she gave birth to a beautiful daughter Leilani Marie. During the 80’s, she performed solo and also was opening act for the bands Three Dog Night and America. In August 1984, she gave birth to a baby boy Ezekiel Wm.  In the mid 90’s, she continued her solo career, opened for Doc Watson at The Firefly Festival. In 2000 she sang with the Charlie Daniel’s Band three days after the 911 event (which was Marisha’s birthday) in Knoxville, TN.

Marisha MacRae calls her style “New Music”.  In 1999, she co-produced with Mark Williams a CD titled “The Winds of Change.” Along with cream of the crop musicians; Jim Brock on drums and percussion, Rick Blackwell on electric bass, Richard Putnam on B-3 Organ and piano, and Pat Walters on electric guitar, this album shows off her rich contralto voice and features a well-balanced blend of many styles. Sounds a lot like, but not quite; folk, country, blues, pop, well you decide for yourself.  “There are a lot of styles that have influenced me,” says MacRae, “everything from Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Judy Garland, Lennon-McCartney, Tina Turner, Melanie, Dan Fogelberg, Dolly Parton, and the Charlie Daniels Band, to New Orleans Jazz, and Memphis Blues.”

Marisha feels a need to communicate positive, family-oriented messages in her music. She commented, “I became tired of mainstream, commercial music, and thought ‘Hey, I've got a message here, reminding people to love your self and celebrate life.’ So far, the response has been wonderful.”


Marisha MacRae

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