Marcelle Davies-Lashley a Brooklyn native and baby of seven children born to West African parents from Liberia and Sierra Leone respectively is a psalmist extraordinaire. She began singing lead in the church choir at the age of 5 and never stopped, performing as a musical theater artist throughout her childhood. The sultry sound of the warm musical instrument of her voice will melt your heart and feed your soul. Marcelle has travelled to five of seven continents soothing and exciting the world in melody and song with a stage presence and sincerity that is mesmerizing and second to none. Davies-Lashley was the solo Fairy singer in "A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Delacorte Theater directed by Lear deBessonet and the score composed by Justin Levine was nominated for a 2018 Drama Desk Award. Marcelle toured Paris and Turkey with Craig Harris and the Nation of Imagination. Marcelle played the role of the Queen of Sheba in the national and international tour of Robert Wilson's opera The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Gustave Flaubert with the amazing libretto written by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon. Marcelle with her band have set the stage on fire at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Café, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Joe’s Pub, Harlem Stage, Lenox Lounge, National Sawdust in New York City, and The Ivy Room and Freight and Salvage in California. Marcelle is featured as a percussionist with the hypnotizing skills of her tambourine on Carl Hancock Rux's Cornbread, Cognac and Collard Green Revolution and as a featured vocalist. She has rendered her musical gift to the background vocals of Case, BeBe and Cece Winans Greatest Hits and Liz Wright to name a few. Marcelle released her first solo project of many to come titled “Easy to Love” in 2014 available on CD Baby and iTunes. The transformative spirit, which is Marcelle, can take you away into the land of music most loving and beautiful. Marcelle had the honor of being the mistress of ceremony and support vocalist for the Jazz Foundation of America's Gala Performance at the historically acclaimed Apollo Theater in the spring of 2012 in addition to rendering vocals for "How I Got Over". Marcelle was the featured vocalist for WNYC’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration “Where Do We Go From Here” also at the Apollo Theater. Marcelle has worked as a musician coloring and making everyone else sound good lending background vocals with Angelique Kidjo, Bono, Dr. Dog, Karen Clark Sheard, Johnathan Nelson, and Macy Gray. South Africa, London, Italy, Germany, Australia, France, Portugal, New York City and the universe is better for the likes of the music from the depth and gospel jazz soul fusion of Marcelle Davies-Lashley.
Posted by Abigail Weil 7th Feb 2019
In this one-woman-show, Davies Lashley plays about ten different characters. They’re her family members and figures from her neighborhood, the people who helped her become the many-sided woman taking the stage. Her powers of transformation are mighty. In the beginning of the show, she plays her own grandmother, a woman who left the United States do missionary work in Liberia. (Davies-Lashley weaves a Liberian history lesson into the play, which was helpful for me because prior to this performance, the only Liberian girl I knew was a Michael Jackson song.)
Marcelle Davies-Lashley (Fairy Singer)
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3Marcelle @ Joe's Pub 2013
Marcelle @ Fantasy Studio 2015
Video Credit Sara St. Martin Lynne