5 Indie Artists You Should Hear – Teisha Marie - Mocha Man Style
5 Indie Artists You Should Hear – Teisha Marie

What do you get with a dash of Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin, a pinch of Nancy Wilson and Al Green, and a cupful of quirk?

You get Teisha Marie.

This England-born, US-raised singer presents a new recipe for soulful music that is honest and pure. Her blend of jazz, soul, and R&B stands out in a sea of copycats.

But, despite her undeniable talent, Marie’s emergence as a rising music star was almost by accident. The Spelman College graduate completed her first project, Addicted to Life – the EP, only after writing the songs for someone else to sing.

“I wrote the songs intending to sell them to other artists but couldn’t find anyone reliable to demo my music,” Marie recalls. “So, I ended up singing out of necessity, and decided to distribute the project to try and create a profile to sell my songs.”

After the success of the EP, Marie was featured at numerous events, including the International Soul Summit, The Can A Sista Rock a Mic festival, the Capital Hip Hop Soul Festival, and others.

In 2013, Marie released her album, The Girl from Nowhere, a collection of songs that inspires listeners to reach for their dreams.

“As a singer-songwriter, I write and create from my experiences. I want my music to be used as a tool to motivate, strengthen and heal,” Marie says.

Marie is currently recording new music. Her latest single, “These Things,” is available now.

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