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. During the 80’s, she performed solo. Played opening act for the bands Three Dog Night and America. In the mid 90’s, she continued her solo career, opened for Doc Watson In 2000 she sang with the Charlie Daniel’s Band in Knoxville, TN. 2003 sang with Kris Kristofferson at Casey & Red's wedding reception.
Marisha MacRae calls her style “New Music”. In 1999, she co-produced with Mark Williams a CD titled “The Winds of Change.” This album shows off her rich contralto voice and features a well-balanced blend of many styles. Influences include, but not limited to, Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Judy Garland, Lennon-McCartney, Tina Turner, Melanie, Rod Stewart, 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. ‘Hey, I've got a message here, reminding people to love your self and celebrate life.’ So far, the response has been wonderful.”