Originally born in Trenton, New Jersey, and growing up in Trenton and then later Tucson, Arizona when her family moved there, Denise Marsa is an award-winning singer and songwriter and has been writing, singing and producing her own music for over four decades. She started performing in musical theater as a young girl and attended the University of Arizona as a Theater Arts Major and then The College of New Jersey studying English Literature. After college she moved to New York City and started getting attention from the music industry and fans alike. A self-taught keyboardist, she has been mixing genres (pop, rock, classical, theatrical and Americana) since first moving to NYC in the 70’s. At the start of her career, she performed in many NYC clubs including Max’s Kansas City Easter Festival with The Ramones, Blondie and Talking Heads. In 2015 she was a guest speaker as a featured Entrepreneur at New York University, School of Business during its Career Week Conference.
In the spring of 2016 Denise formed a publishing alliance with BMG US and is currently signed to the new music company. That same year, Denise started working on her one woman show THE PASS. The piece is a look at her decades in the music business starting in the late 70’s, featuring vignettes and songs. THE PASS had its world premiere in London on September 27 & 29, 2018 at The Playground Theatre. A Younger Theatre wrote: “Denise Marsa is one of a kind. She’s a force of nature, a life-affirming singer, an overwhelmingly positive presence.”
Previously her songs have been published worldwide by Warner Brothers Music, UK and Warner/Chappell Music, LA, and she lived and worked in both London and Los Angeles as she developed her songwriting and sound. Her career notoriety started as the other lead voice on Dean Friedman’s UK’s #3 hit duet LUCKY STARS and THE FLIRTS (You Took My Love) the International Billboard Dance hit. She also worked on various film projects as a music supervisor and composer for several indie feature films and cable series including: (Can a Guy Say No, The Contract, The Ten Rules, ChromiumBlue.com).
At the start of the indie revolution in 1997, while living in Los Angeles and after years of trying to break into the mainstream music business, with various twists of fate playing their part, she started her own label, initially called Key Records. Later it became KeyMedia Group. Her debut solo album SELF was released in 1998 and was applauded by mainstream and indie media outlets. Her first review came from The Album Network, at the time a respected industry magazine, praising the albums uniqueness, her songwriting and musicality. She produced the album with the world-renowned virtuoso electric guitarist Bruce Bouillet engineering in his studio, which at the time, was run in a large storage unit in Burbank, California. She handled all PR and marketing for its release, which launched her career in public relations. She also toured with her band to support sales.
She released LIVE FOREVER (2012) on her label KeyMedia Music Group, co -produced by Canadian guitarist, artist and producer Andy Gabrys. The album was recorded in Gabry’s studio who was then living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, The Kitchen Sink, also in Santa Fe, owned and operated by Jono Manson and Denise’s studio in Morristown, New Jersey, where she was residing at the time. The track STEADY from LIVE FOREVER won the 2013 Best Adult Contemporary Recording at the New Mexico Music Awards. STEADY was written in 1995 while Denise was signed to Warner Bros Publishing London and living and working there.
Along with her career as a singer-songwriter and performer, she runs KeyMedia Public Relations, KeyMedia Music Group and, Denise Marsa Productions all under her holding company Marsa Media, Inc. In addition, for the past 15 years Denise has been mentoring new young talent and she has co-released a collection of indie artists through her record label. For more info please visit: https://keymedia-group.com/ .