Marissa + 2

She may only stand a little over five feet high, but it’s one hell of a voice that comes out of Marissa Saroca. Sure, she hasn’t technically won anything since back-to-back Best Female Vocals at the 2005 and 2006 ABC Newcastle Music Awards; but this many years later… well, you be the judge. While studying at The Hunter School of the Performing Arts, Marissa was a soloist in the Hunter production Star Struck for eight years and a member of the regional choir the Hunter Singers for five. In 2001 she graduated from the Talent Development Project – a journey which was later broadcast on the ABC documentary Rising Stars. Then, after four years of university and the beginnings of a media career (radio, magazines, academic in the field of media production), Marissa had the light bulb realisation “what the hell am I doing?!”, and packed it all in to live the dream that she’d had since being a little girl learning how to adlib by singing along to Mariah Carey and similar diva-ish artists of the 90s.

Fast-forward to today, and Marissa is a sought-after session singer and consummate live performer. She is also no stranger to music theatre, including lead roles locally as ‘Maureen’ in Rent and ‘Gabriella’ in High School Musical.

Releasing her debut album CHEAPER THAN THERAPY in May 2008, she has since embarked on four tours to North America with just a keyboard, those killer vocals, and her heart on her sleeve, playing shows in New York City (The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, Ella Lounge), Toronto, Canada, and wowed crowds in the UK and Europe with shows in London and Paris. In 2012, Marissa released her first music video for R&B ballad ‘Family Man’ from CHEAPER THAN THERAPY, ahead of the mid-year release of her latest offering – the sassy, pop-driven LP, BOYS WRITE LOVE SONGS TOO.

In 2013, Marissa moved to the Philippines when she was chosen from tens of thousands to participate in the blind auditions for ABS-CBN’s The Voice of the Philippines. Chosen by industry legend Lea Salonga (Aladdin, Mulan) for Team Lea, Marissa made an unforgettable impact in her battle round with Aretha Franklin’s soul classic ‘Respect’. She then debuted on the Philippine musical theatre stage with featured ensemble roles in Ghost (‘Mrs Santiago’) and Shrek (‘Fairy Godmother/Bluebird’), as well as countless gigs and session work for commercial giants including Maybelline.

Likened to Alicia Keys and Adele, rather than reading this you should probably just be listening to her tracks and preparing to stalk her on facebook/youtube/twitter/tumblr/instagram/spotify and every other social networking site known to man. You won’t regret it.

Sample Song List

Aerial Love – Daniel Johns
Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan
All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
All That She Wants – Ace of Base
All You Need Is Love – The Beatles
American Boy – Estelle
Angel – Sarah McLachlan
At Last – Etta James
Baby – Justin Bieber
Blank Space – Taylor Swift
Brokenhearted – Karmin
Brother – Matt Corby
Budapest – George Ezra
Buses and Trains – Bachelor Girl
Can We Talk – Tevin Campbell
Chandelier – Sia
Clarity – Zedd feat. Foxes
Cool Kids – Echosmith
Crazy – Gnarles Barkley
Crazy For You – Madonna
Cry Me A River – Justin Timberlake
Dammit – Blink 182
Diamonds – Rihanna
Don’t Dream It’s Over – Crowded House
Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones
Don’t Look Back In Anger – Oasis
Don’t Speak – No Doubt
Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac
Drag Me Down – One Direction
Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
Earned It – The Weeknd
Easy – The Commodores
Even When I’m Sleeping – Leonardo’s Bride
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic – The Police
Fill Me In – Craig David
Fix You – Coldplay
Forget You – Cee-Lo
Four Five Seconds – Kanye, Rihanna, Paul McCartney
Gangsters Paradise – Coolio
Genie In A Bottle – Christina Aguilera
Gravity – John Mayer
Happy – Pharrell Williams
Heaven – DJ Sammy
Hello – Adele
Hey Jealousy – Gin Blossoms
Hold Back The River – James Bay
Hotline Bling – Drake
How Deep Is Your Love – Calvin Harris feat. The Disciples
How Sweet It Is – James Taylor
I Wanna Grow Old With You – Adam Sandler
I Wanna Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
I’m Not The Only One – Sam Smith
If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
It’s Too Late – Carole King
Kissing You – Desiree
Like A Star – Corrine Bailey-Rae
Linger – The Cranberries
Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
Love On Top – Beyonce
Magic – Coldplay
Message In A Bottle – The Police
Never Ever – All Saints
New York State Of Mind – Alicia Keys
No Scrubs – TLC
Papa Don’t Preach – Madonna
Rather Be – Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne
Rehab – Amy Winehouse
Rhiannon – Fleetwood Mac
Rolling In The Deep – Adele
Royals – Lorde
Rude – Magic!
Runaway – The Corrs
Say My Name – Destiny’s Child
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Smooth Operator – Sade
Stay The Night – Zedd feat. Hayley Williams
Stop – Spice Girls
Style – Taylor Swift
Suit and Tie – Justin Timberlake
Sway – Bic Runga
Take Me To Church – Hozier
Talking Body – Tove Lo
Teardrops – Womack & Womack
Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus
The Only Exception – Paramore
The Scientist – Coldplay
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Tic Tok – Ke$ha
Tip Of My Tongue – Diesel
Use Somebody – Kings Of Leon
Valerie – Amy Winehouse
Viva La Vida – Coldplay
Waterfalls – TLC
What’s Going On – 4 Non Blondes
Wildest Dreams – Taylor Swift
Yellow – Coldplay
You Got It Bad – Usher