Singer, Songwriter & Raconteur
Originally born in Trenton, New Jersey, Denise Marsa has been writing, singing and producing her own award-winning music for decades. A self-taught musician, she has been mixing genres (pop, rock, classical, theatrical and Americana) since she first moved to NYC and started identifying herself as a singer/songwriter. The culmination of her career will be presented as a music project in the forthcoming production of THE PASS.
She started performing in musical theater as a young girl and studied theater and fine arts at the University of Arizona. After college she moved to NYC where she started getting attention from the music industry and fans alike.
In the spring of 2016 she formed a publishing alliance with BMG US. Previously her songs have been published worldwide by Warner Brothers Music, UK and Warner/Chappell Music, US.
At the start of her career she performed in many NYC clubs including Max’s Kansas City’s Easter Festival with The Ramones, Blondie and Talking Heads. In 1978 Marsa teamed up with Dean Friedman and recorded a duet, “Lucky Stars.” “Lucky Stars” reached #3 in the UK, Scotland and #1 in Australia. They toured the UK and played The Hammersmith Odeon and The Queen Elizabeth Festival Hall along with many great theaters throughout England’s inner cities and countrysides. They also played in Scotland and performed live on top TV shows such as Top of the Pops and The Old Grey Whistle Test. In the 80’s Marsa was the lead voice on the international dance record “Helpless (You Took My Love”) one of The Flirts biggest hits.
Marsa has worked as a music supervisor and music composer for several indie feature films and cable series including: (Can a Guy Say No, The Contract, The Ten Rules, ChromiumBlue.com).
She has self released her two solo albums SELF and LIVE FOREVER. The track STEADY from LIVE FOREVER won the 2013 Best Adult Contemporary Recording at the New Mexico Music Awards. Co-produced by Canadian guitarist and composer Andy Gabrys, who lived in Santa Fe at the time, the album’s rhythm tracks were recorded in Santa Fe’s Kitchen Sink Studios owned and run by world renowned recording artist and musician Jono Manson.
That same year Marsa was a judge for Morristown’s Got Talent event at The Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, New Jersey. Marsa’s focus for many years was mentoring, managing and producing new young talent including Nicole Berke, benny girl, Rachel Millman and Christopher Dallman. Several collections of artists have been released through her label KeyMedia Group. She continues to manage singer /songwriter Nicole Berke who is currently working on her 3rd release.
Her day job is running KeyMedia Public Relations and Denise Marsa Productions. Her work focuses on Arts & Entertainment, Heath & Wellness and Non-Profit. Marsa is also working on a one woman show journaling her career and life entitled THE PASS. Theater legend Gretchen Cryer is coaching and directing the piece scheduled for a fall 2017 first reading.
Denise’s music website: www.denisemarsamusic.com
To visit her company website: www.keymediapublicrelations.com