Hailing from Lafayette, La., Marcella Simien grew up onstage with her father, two-time GRAMMY winner Terrance Simien. In 2009 she moved to Memphis, Tenn., to attend the Memphis College of Art. In no time she was back onstage, delighting audiences with a sound born from fusing elements of her Creole heritage with the angelic grind of Memphis soul.
Simien has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Susan Cowsill, Trombone Shorty, Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Susan Marshall, among others. She has performed with her father’s band at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Festival International de Louisiane, as well as solo engagements at Cité des Arts, Hi Tone Cafe, ABC Local 24’s morning show, Mollie Fontaine Lounge, Bar DKDC, the Folk Alliance Conference, GRAMMY GPS and at Memphis Crosstown Arts art space. In 2014, she released EP The Bronze Age with her band, Marcella & Her Lovers.