Marsha Swanson is a singer/songwriter from London. Drawing inspiration from classic songwriters, mixed with atmospheric soundscapes, she delivers her own brand of grown-up pop. Her debut album “Watershed” secured national distribution in 2006 with Proper Music Distribution following a lengthy development deal with Universal Publishing. Early releases “My Life My Own”, and “Still Wrong” received widespread critical acclaim and a stunning response from regional and national BBC radio. Gaining support from influential music critics and major arts media, Marsha was delighted when Storm Thorgerson (Pink Floyd, Muse, Biffy Clyro) agreed to do the artwork for second Album “Sentient Stardust”. The album was launched at Virgin’s flagship store at Piccadilly, 2008. It featured production from ex Jocasta frontman Tim Arnold (A.K.A. The Soho Hobo) and Alex McGowan (co-writer and producer for Martina Topley Bird’s Mercury Music Prize nominated album “Quixotic”). Marsha won Best Folk Artist and Best Album at the Glasswerk New Music awards in London.
Collaborations have included a writing project with Steve Sidelnyk (programmer/drummer to Madonna) & Richard Robson (programmer/remixer to Richard Ashcroft/Magic Numbers) as well as lyric consultant to Martina Topley Bird. Marsha has written songs for the Charity "Kids Company" where she performed with the children both to Prince Charles and to Gordon Brown in no 10 Downing Street. One of the songs featured in a Ruby Wax Documentary about the Charity.
Whilst taking a break to become a mother, Marsha teamed up with singer Alison Wheeler from “The Beautiful South” to write songs for a high-profile Children’s album for "Amanda's Action Club". The album has been keeping Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s brood entertained in their house in Richmond, and it’s also a favourite of the Beckham family.
Marsha returned to the music scene in Feb 2015 with new single “You Think I’m So Great I’m Not”. This was inspired by Orange Prize winning author Lionel Shriver’s novel about a fictitious band, “Checker and the Derailleurs”. Marsha wrote the music to fit Lionel’s lyrics from the novel in a collaboration that is unusual, if not unique. Marsha’s new single “An Island” released July 10th 2015, a haunting tale of isolation is marked by a new collaboration with photographer and film maker Michael Clement.