Written by Daniel Stad
Marianne Turner was born in Ottawa, Canada, and adopted into her family at 8 months old. Her biological history is a mix of African (Kenya) and French Canadian roots, and she was raised, in Muskoka and North Bay, Ontario.
Marianne began voice lessons through the Royal Conservatory of Music at the age of eleven, though her aspiration to be a singer found her at a much earlier age. Also trained as a dancer and actor, she eventually pursued formal education at Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance Program, and went on to work and travel as a singer and dancer for the Royal Caribbean and Holland America Cruise Lines.
Now living in Toronto, Ontario, she has performed her original material in several of the city’s venues. On a brief hiatus from the lights and the mic, Marianne is collaborating with artists and mixing new songs to put toward her future album. Her music is a refreshing combination of pop rock blended with vocals that float effortlessly above a relentless, yet organic melody. Inspired by personal experiences, her soulful and confessional lyrics are the most captivating of elements, and she is often cited to be a combination of Tracy Chapman, Dolores O’Riordan and Alanis Morissette. Exposing ego and humanness, her instincts are most powerful in live performance where her presence, passion and conviction connect with her audience.
With awards on Garageband for Best Female Vocals in two categories for three of her songs, and Track of the Day for “Butterflies” and "One Hundred and Eighty", Marianne is slowly gaining momentum in her accomplishments. She is anticipating the release of her debut EP “Let her let go”, a complete collection of works written and produced over the last six years. Already outgrowing this release, Marianne’s song writing is becoming more natural and uninhibited, and improves each time she puts pen to paper or picks up the guitar. Her collaborations with writers and producers have assisted her in developing her craft and in defining her music. Her goals are to continue evolving as an artist, gain vocal and lyrical depth and character, and eventually achieve her dreams on an international platform.
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