Lorraina Marro is authentically original in every area of creativity. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Lorraina Marro has made her mark as a classy, sophisticated and talented jazz vocalist, who is passionate about her music and committed to interpreting songs in her own style. Her remembrances of herself as a child was one who was shy and insecure, but she knew she enjoyed singing. As maturity grew, she found her wellspring of expression. Her inner voice kept pulling her toward the song in her heart. In 2004, she gave herself the gift of song with her debut CD “You Must Believe In Spring,” encompassing songs from some of her favorite composers: Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Leslie Bricusse/Anthony Newley, Ann Hampton Callaway, George & Ira Gershwin, Lerner & Lowe and Maury Yeston.
Lorraina is a very perceptive woman, she see’s the common denominator in all of us from our life’s experiences, the highs and lows of love evolving and ever-changing. As a seasoned lyricist, Marro put pen to paper for her new CD “Mixed Emotions” released February 1, 2015. Her original songs are so telling of a woman who has loved, nurtured and experienced sincere heart tugs; and yet despite the heartaches, has persevered with confidence in beginning life anew. One thing you will find in listening to these offerings is that a story is being told, one we can all relate to, man or woman, young and old. Love has many sides and what Lorraina shares on her new project inspires us to "keep going and to keep your eye and heart on the prize before you.”
“She takes her fans on a personal journey, for all to capture the essence of the silver lining of her soul, from love, to the triangles of relationships and starting over, much ado that we all can relate to in our lives. Her original lyrics exude honest and pure expression that is ever present to her audience when she is on stage” says Jaijai Jackson, Owner of The Jazz Network Worldwide.
Marro credits such extraordinary singers such as Nancy Wilson, Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin, Della Reese, Dinah Washington, Dionne Warwick, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Frank Sinatra for inspiring her to develop and share her gift with the world.
Marro takes to heart the influences that have guided her to her own musical expression. In May of 2014 she celebrated her reverence to songstress Nancy Wilson with a tribute performance at The Catalina Bar & Grill in Los Angeles. Clifford Bell, Marro’s musical director who has shared stages with many luminaries worldwide stated “Catalina had stayed the whole night...something she literally almost never does and she LOVED the show....I have known Catalina for ten years and she is the last gal standing from the great Jazz Scene of the past, present and future...She has seen and heard everyone….” This performance was only the precursor of what was to show up for Lorraina in 2014 & 2015. Not only did she complete her second recording, she has kept the momentum of her musical offerings in front of her fans.
Lorraina has performed her own shows at The Metropolitan Room and Danny's Skylight Room in New York; and has performed shows at multiple venues in Los Angeles, including The E Spot Lounge at Vitello's Restaurant, The Catalina Jazz Club, Preston’s, The House of Blues, Nola’s LA, The M Bar, The Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill, The Holly St. Bar & Grill, The Cinegrill, The Gardenia, The Bel Age Hotel, the Marriott Hotels, and Wyndham Hotels. She has also performed in Las Vegas for The Special Operations Warriors Foundation at the Four Seasons, The Aladdin, and The Las Vegas Hilton Hotels. Her shows encompass cabaret, jazz and even the songs of Broadway. Her vocals are warm, smooth and sultry. Ms. Marro warms the hearts and souls of each and every member of her audience.
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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."