SOULFUL SINGER WITH A TOUCH OF JAZZ CREATING A BUZZ WORLDWIDE by Nick Christophers
Singer / songwriter Marlena is a true example of woman on a mission. Hailing from the rough and tumble streets of Jamaica, Queens, she took in all its musical hues, be them negative or positive. Coming from a religious household she choose to favor the positive. Marlena was inspired by such legends like Etta James, Mahalia Jackson, Al Green and Donna Summers.
It was no surprise, being the daughter of Rev. Howard H Becker and her mother Mildred Mae, that her musical training came primarily from singing in church. However, her desire to explore other music was never discouraged. Eventually, she would go on to perform in many different bands. One band she sang with was called One Times One, with which she played at Studio 54 in Manhattan, one of her favorite venues.
Marlena was not only musically inclined, but also enjoyed the visual arts as well. She attended the School of Art & Design in Manhattan. During this time, she studied General Art and Academics. The lessons she learned there were of value to her as her musical journey progressed.
Eventually, she married and had a son, Joe Henry. At this point of her life she moved to Covina, CA, to raise her son. She limited her musical activities to those of the church, until her son was old enough for her to fully resume her musical career. Unfortunately, around this time, she went through a difficult divorce, that changed the course of her life. As destiny would have it, she met a man, Tom, who shared her love of music and thus began a wonderful romance and musical collaboration. They completed a CD together, which was released in June, 2015, with Tom producing and sound engineering the album.
Marlena was always a soulful singer and performer, with Jazz elements being a strong part of her music. Her recent project “My Heart To Yours” beats with a Jazzy vibe that also offers a modern spin. The responses here and overseas have been overwhelming. Artists from around the world have reached out to Marlena to collaborate with her on future projects.
A recent interview on a Las Vegas show called, “Night Grooves”, has been instrumental in reintroducing her to the music scene. Also, adding to her accolades are the recent positive reviews from Franconia Mettalum Review, Magic Music Magazine Review, and Joe Joe Keyes from Indie Music Plus. Additionally, she just recently completed a musical and print ad campaign for Gubba Rum, an up and coming Spirit Company, in Boston, MA.
At this point of her life, she hopes to come back to her roots in NYC to promote her new
CD “My Heart To Yours”. To keep track of any new shows, visit her website at marlenarocks.com