“Once hailed as the next big thing, I’ve learned the hard way that lucky stars, can rise and fall. No longer a young ingénue with my head in the clouds, now older and wiser, I can feel the power that aging has given to the shape of my dreams.” – Denise Marsa
Originally born in Trenton, New Jersey, Denise Marsa has been writing, singing and producing her own music for 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 NYC and started getting attention from the music industry and fans alike. A self-taught musician, 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. The culmination of her career will be presented as a music project in the forthcoming production of THE PASS.
In the spring of 2016 Denise formed a publishing alliance with BMG US. Previously her songs have been published worldwide by Warner Brothers Music, UK and Warner/Chappell Music, LA, and lived and worked in both cities as she developed her work. Denise started her career as the other lead voice on Dean Friedman’s duet LUCKY STARS and the THE FLIRTS (You Took My Love). She 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 joined the indie revolution at its start while living in Los Angeles in 1997 and self released two solo albums SELF (1998) and LIVE FOREVER (2012) on her label KeyMedia Music Group. The track STEADY from LIVE FOREVER won the 2013 Best Adult Contemporary Recording at the New Mexico Music Awards.
In addition, for the past 15 years Denise has been mentoring, managing and producing new young talent and several collections of artists have been released through her record label.
In 2008 Denise started KeyMedia Public Relations. A results driven, boutique PR firm & production company providing a full spectrum of services which range from creative to strategic to advisory. You can read more about KMPR here: KMPR
In 2016, 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.” For more reviews and interviews click here.