Singer/songwriter Marisa McKaye will steal the heart of any boy in the crowd, with her infectious smile and voice. She will get the boys attention, along with with everyone else in the audience. Marisa is a person that once you meet her, you will never forget. People will find themselves stuck to her. Her smile, personality and exquisite voice sticks to you, much like glue, once it sticks, it’s there for good. Artists like Marisa, are the ones that become stars, who others look up to.
At just twelve years old, the maturity can already be heard in her voice. Much of this maturity could be attributed to the fact she has been sing all her life, nearly non-stop. She made her first performance early in life as well. Marisa was only five years old when she sang at the Jackson, Tennessee fair. This got it all started.
Nashville and the surrounding areas have now become Marisa’s musical playground. Marisa can be found performing in many different places, but she also has her very own shows. On Thursday nights she can be heard at, Sopapillas and every Saturday at Margaritaville. Marisa always enjoys seeing and meeting her fans at her shows. “Most everyone that I meet at my gigs are super nice and supportive and I am so thankful for that” says Marisa. She has made appearances at The Listening Room Cafe, and the iconic Bluebird Cafe.
Marisa has had some great opportunities to sing. One of those opportunities was being part of the Song Suffragettes at The Listening Room. The Song Suffragettes is a female singer/songwriter showcase. “They support women of country music and I love what they do” says Marisa. For this showcase, it is necessary to audition, but Marisa earned her spot and had a lot of fun.
Marisa not only loves performing, it has become a way of life that she looks forward to each day. “Performing is so much fun, but I also love seeing people happy, dancing or singing along” says Marisa. Usually at her shows she performs, Don’t Stop Believing to help get the crowd going. She is a fan of Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride and feels they are great role models as well as being powerful singers.
Colorful Girl is the title of one of her EP’s, and reflects her as an artist. In her songs can be found, boldness, brightness and depth each helping to bring the story to life. The story in every song is brought to life and can be felt inside. The songs were co-written by Marisa and produced by Studio 31 West. One of the songs on the EP is called, Warrior. Warrior was written for a friend of her’s who’s battling cancer to cheer her up. This song is one that people request most often as well.
Being a singer/songwriter who inspires people is what Marisa dreams of being. This is all being realized already in her career. Her songs help take the listener to places, and makes them feel good about themselves and life around them. Writing meaningful songs to help someone else. Having the ability to lift a person up with words and plucking a guitar string. It is abilities like these that gains an artist respect, and inspires others to be like them, and do the same.
Creativity, is what highlights her as a songwriter. Marisa is gifted in creating lyrics and the ability to deliver the lyrics in a manner that the listener can relate or dream. Her vocals are unique, people can identify her once she begins to sing. Marisa does have many things going for her vocally. There’s a wonderful character to her voice, subtle breaks, growls and squeaks, all adding to the flavor. On top of all of that, can be found a bit of, RaeLynn, Kelsea and Miranda. All of these things together makes for a beautifully tasteful voice, like a well blended coffee. They both have the ability to bring a smile to your face. Marisa is without doubt, one of the top female country artists coming up in music today. Be sure and catch her live and see for yourself. Catch her at her regular gigs, or on July 28 in Indiana for a cancer benefit called, Care For Kids and The Bluebird for Sunday night writers round on September 17.