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Marissa entered the world at the tender age of zero on the sixth of May, 1987. The second child of entrepreneurial parents, she grew up in Westlock with two sisters and one brother. She started taking guitar lessons from a buddy at eighteen. Always a singer, she began taking it seriously in grade twelve, studying opera for one year.
She started taking professional vocal lessons in 2006 through a local college, and continued her guitar lessons there in a more formal manner. She developed a flair for singing and playing country music. She teamed up with a pro for songwriting coaching in 2008. Since then she’s truly found her voice.
In spring 2010, she received a mark of gold in the country category at Futures Fest with her origional song, "Broken Hearted" and won the preliminary round of St. Albert Idol. Her original song “Boy Vacation” took her to the top 10 of 91.7 Th e Bounce’s “Bounce to the Junos” radio competition in 2009, and to Big Valley Jamboree 2009 where she had the opportunity to sing it twice, opening for Johnny Reid, and missing out on the opportunity to open for Tim McGraw after the festival was cancelled.
In 2012, she traveled to Nashville, TN. While there she met with mentors through the Nashville Songwriting Association International (NSAI) where she was able to get some great feedback about her songs. She took that feedback home and spent the next year rewriting some of her music and writing brand new songs.
In 2013 Marissa competed in Future Fest where she received a mark of Gold in both the country and Pop categories. She regularly performs at local farmers' Markets throughout the summer. She performed in Westlock, AB for the Alberta 55+ Summer Games, and in many other competitions such as Parkland's Got Talent and St. Albert Idol.
In 2014, she has already had some amazing opportunities. In May she was asked to open for George Canyon at the Rainmaker Rodeo in St. Albert. It was a packed house and an amazing experience for her to get in front of a larger crowd.
With her family and best friends as her biggest word-of-mouth promoters, many people expect the declarations of her talent to be somewhat exaggerated. These people are quickly silenced after just a few notes of any of Marissa’s songs!