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Marissa Lauren
Marissa Lauren


Marissa Lauren is a singer/songwriter from Redondo Beach, CA. She writes piano driven Pop music with heavy Indie Pop and Folk influences, plus the occasional sprinkling of R&B, giving her a truly unique sound. She has been compared to artists like Regina Specktor, Sara Bareilles, Kate Nash, and Adele. Marissa recently caught the attention of singer Ingrid Michaelson who called her voice ’beautiful’ & ’haunting’. Since then, she has opened for comedian, Lena Dunham, on her unconventional book tour ’Not That Kind of Tour’, and began working on her Debut EP ’Now & Forever’. Marissa was awarded Best Vocals, Most Original, and Song of The Year at UC Irvine’s Antstock music festival; a campus-wide competition for songwriters. Her cover of Nicki Minaj’s, ’Starships’ gained much attention when Nicki Minaj herself tweeted Marissa’s video to her 17 million followers. 97.1 AMP Radio also named Marissa’s acoustic/acapella version of ’Starships’ one of "the best covers of the year’s hottest tracks!”.

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