Music Career

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Singer, songwriter, producer

Originally born in Trenton, New Jersey, 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 studied theater and fine arts at the University of Arizona. 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 the spring of 2016 Denise formed a publishing alliance with BMG US and is currently signed to the new music company. 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 duet LUCKY STARS and THE FLIRTS HELPLESS (You Took My Love).

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 the album’s musicality.  She produced the album with the world-renowned 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. 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 and producer Andy Gabrys. The album was recorded in several studios including Gabry’s studio who was then living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Jono Manson’s The Kitchen Sink, also in Santa Fe, and Marsa’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.

In 20018 she premiered her one woman show THE PASS in London at The Playground Theatre.

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