Marisa Bates

Marisa Bates

Singer/Songwriter, Marisa Ray

Nashville, TN

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Growing up in a small town on the Iowa/Nebraska state line, Marisa's parents knew Nashville was where she needed to be. After moving to Nashville in 2009 at age 13, Marisa was immediately ready to work. Learning how to play guitar and write songs, she began to establish herself as an artist and songwriter. From performing at restaurants and small venues, to opening for Merrill Osmond and Gary Morris, she quickly became a force to be reckoned with. Influenced by country music women such as Shania Twain, Lee Ann Womack, Alison Krauss, etc., Marisa's goal is to heavily incorporate the traditional elements of classic country music while giving it her own modern take. After spending many years writing with various writers in Nashville, Marisa Ray is making waves with her EP "Bent Not Broken." The debut EP from the country music newcomer is an honest, vulnerable, captivating listening experience that is beyond her years, showcasing the beauty of struggle.She has been named an "Artist to Watch" by Give a Little-Nashville magazine and has been mentioned by Next Women of Country. Marisa Ray is currently a senior at Belmont University studying Music Business, and is already working on an album she plans to release next year while she lines up shows around the Nashville area.


I joined Music Biz Besties because I want to make connections with incredible women in the music industry. It is important to me to network and be a part of a supportive group of women in the industry, and to make lifelong friends.