MarissaHeadShot1Vocalist, lyricist, producer, live performer and label owner, Marissa Guzman, will be giving a live performance this weekend at Movement Electronic Music Festival.  Raised in the Detroit suburbs, Marissa is the daughter of Eddie Guzman of Rare Earth, the most successful all-white group on Motown Records.   Marissa started going to concerts and singing when she was just a little girl, and the amazing moment when the band would call their kids on stage to help them sing their hit song, “I Just Want To Celebrate,” was when Marissa realized she wanted to be a singer.

It took a few years after college to realize she had to pursue music wholeheartedly.  After a spiritual retreat in 2009, Marissa had a life changing revelation to quit her successful career in marketing and focus on being a musician.  Marissa learned how to produce, write, record and release her first album, “Joy Road,” and in 2011, her first single from the album, “Time To Go,” was remixed by Black Coffee, one of South Africa’s famous producers.  It went straight to number one on Traxsource and it also beat  Rihanna’s “We Found Love” in the South African Top 40 charts.   In 2012 it was nominated for “Remix of the Year” at the SAMAs (South Africa’s version of the GRAMMYs), and in 2013 “Time To Go” was part of the album “Africa Rising,” which won “Best Dance Album” of the year.  2014 proved to be another successful year for Marissa since her song with Cuebur, ”No Doubt,” was number one on London’s “BBC Radio One Extra” show for two weeks in a row, and was also played on the legendary Pete Tong’s radio show.

Marissa’s story is very similar to that of Rodriguez in the movie “Searching for Sugarman,” except 40 years later: A musician from Detroit who gets famous in South Africa. Ironically, Rodriguez was a neighbor of the Guzman’s in Detroit and ran in the same circle.  Marissa headlined countless festivals in 2014, with her biggest show being the “Spring Fiesta” in Johannesburg.

After living in San Francisco for the last 8 years, Marissa decided to move back to her hometown of Detroit to be closer to her family and start working on album number two, to be released on her label Juicy Lucy. Stay tuned! The future looks bright for this multi-talented, international songbird.

Be sure to check her out this Sunday at Movement Electronic Music Festival.  She will be performing from 2:00pm-3:30pm on the Sixth Stage.

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