Music is in her Soul
Now age 14, with a soft spoken voice and humble personality Marisa McKaye seems like any other young girl...until she steps onto the stage and belts out songs with a range and maturity uncharacteristic of an child her age. Even as a young child, Marisa displayed musical talents that prompted her non-musical family to take notice and support her to live her dreams of singing and performing music. Performing onstage since age 5, it quickly became clear that she is most comfortable with a mic in hand and audience in front. After picking up guitar at age 10, she now seems right at home with the guitar playing and singing.
Marisa has now made Nashville home for over four years. By age 11, she was invited to perform a regular weekly acoustic gig @ Margaritaville Nashville Saturday afternoons with the one and only Adam Ricker, which she continues to do every week. Also at 11, she began writing songs and co-writing with some amazing writers in Nashville, attending open mic songwriter rounds at venues around Nashville. She auditioned and was invited to perform regularly at the Bluebird Cafe for Sunday Songwriters Nights. She was invited at age 11 to take part in the Acoustic Guitar Project at the Country Music Hall of Fame and performed her original song in the famous Ford Theater. At age 11, she was also invited by American Girl to write and record a song for their new doll, Tenney Grant's book. By age 12, she had recorded her first EP, Colorful Girl, released 2/6/17. For over a year now, Marisa has been hosting her own songwriter's round each Thursday, "Marisa and Friends" at Sopapilla's Tequila Room in Franklin TN with some of Nashville's most talented up and coming songwriters. In May 2017, she debuted as the youngest Song Suffragette at the Listening Room in Nashville. In the spring of 2017 (age 12), she was chosen to be a contestant on America's Got Talent, Season 12. Marisa made it through to the middle rounds and got to perform twice on the big stage in front of Simon, Mel B, Heidi and Howie. Her performance is on Youtube. Recently, Marisa was invited to sing and record four songs on songwriter Ross Copperman’s project, “Homegrown Kids”, an album of Country Music’s biggest hits sung by kids. Marisa has performed regularly at some of Nashville's classic venues including the World Famous Tootsies Orchid Lounge, the Stage, Roberts, and Honky Tonk Central.
Marisa is continually inspired by music and Nashville is Music City for a reason. She has been so fortunate to befriend and be inspired by singers, songwriters, and musicians here in Nashville. Songwriting is a craft that takes time to hone. The opportunities here to listen to the world's best songwriters are second to none, and she has taken advantage of all that Nashville has to offer. Tin Pan South Songwriter's Festival and CMA Fest are two of her favorites. She is active in NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International).
Artist influences include vocal powerhouses such as Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilara to the melodic Patsy Kline, soulful Etta James, and classic great Nina Simone. Her love of music spans genres from Contemporary and Classic Country, Pop, Singer/Songwriter/Indie to R&B, Classic Rock, and 80's Grunge. She performs over 50 cover songs regularly adding new songs to her setlist each week and has written and performs over 80 originals.