21-year-old rising R&B singer Marzz is slowly climbing into the hearts and ears of music fans. Initially set to follow in the footsteps of her family and obtain a career in religion, Marzz soon found herself and her true passion--music. After releasing several cover tracks on social media, the Louisville, Kentucky native caught the eye of producer Timbaland, who would soon introduce the singer-songwriter to a whole new audience further expanding her reach.
Now Marzz is set to take on an even bigger platform at the 2021 Soul Train Awards. But before you watch her there, here are five things you should know about this year’s Amplified performer.
Her music career almost didn’t happen
Before releasing tracks like “Countless Times,” Marzz wanted to please her mother, who was a minister, by going to bible college to learn how to become a pastor. However, after some encouragement from her friends, the singer knew creating music is what she wanted to do after graduating high school.
She was discovered by Timbaland
After posting covers of popular songs from fellow R&B artists including Teyana Taylor and Ella Mai, in late 2019, Marzz managed to grab the attention of producer Timbaland on social media. The Virginia native reached out to the budding singer to create a few songs he later shared on his social media, further exposing the “Cleopatra” singer to a larger audience.
Musical influences include the vocal bible, Brandy
In the midst of trying to figure out her individuality, Marzz found solace in Brandy’s music. The singer said Brandy’s popular single “Sitting Up In My Room” was always on repeat. “I would be trying to do the riffs and runs that Brandy would do in that song,” she told OkayPlayer.
Watch the 2021 Soul Train Awards on Sunday, November 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET and BET Her.