About Marcella Simien

I have created a career for myself. I am proud to say I am working in my field. Although my primary source of income are live performances, Constantly looking for new and innovative ways to use my skill set, I see not limitations. I perform in multiple ensembles, my 5 piece “Swamp Soul” band Marcella & Her Lovers, my jazz trio, an Americana roots folk trio: Gumbo, Grits & Gravy, I do regular solo shows at a piano lounge, I work with hip hop artists and punk bands and expand my knowledge of music at every corner. I know no bounds and am inspired by the countless artists before me who have worked in that spirit and with the knowledge that you must approach the work with a full and open heart. The two greatest languages are music and love. And I strive to work with that thought in mind. Today I find myself in Luzern, Switzerland performing at the Lucerne Blues Fest this week and feel so grateful that my music career has allowed me to travel all around the world sharing my sound with people from every background. I also know that this doesn’t happen overnight, and nothing is handed to you in this industry. I have played 170+ shows a year over the past 5 years and I have managed and booked myself. I only just this year have gained a couple new members to the team (booking agent: Eric Hanson and someone helping with artist management tasks). I handle all my marketing and social media myself – earlier this year was able to employ an intern from University Of Memphis to help with some of those tasks. I use my BFA in drawing & painting from Memphis College of Art every chance I can. It is a gift to be able to use my strengths as a creative and my artistic vulnerability to connect with the audience and I take what I do seriously.

Marcella's Skills

  • Co-Writer
  • Top Line
  • Touring Musician

Marcella's Genres

  • Alternative Rock
  • Blues
  • Country
  • Folk
  • Funk
  • Hip-Hop
  • Jazz
  • New Wave
  • Pop
  • Psychedelic
  • Punk
  • R&B
  • Reggae
  • Soul
  • Standards
  • World