Mariella is a soulful and charismatic vocalist, and one of New York City’s most sought-after performers. In addition to her versatile voice, she is an award-winning songwriter. Her poignant lyrics and masterful songwriting have earned her accolades worldwide, including the 2008 Billboard World Songwriting Contest grand prize, and an honorable mention in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. She is also the co-creator of one of NYC’s longest running and critically acclaimed hip-hop jam sessions, Freestyle Mondays. In addition to Freestyle Mondays, she has also held residencies at various clubs in both New York City and Asia. In 2015 Mariella was invited by the US State Department to lead an all-female Jazz ensemble on a goodwill tour of Nicaragua for International Women’s Month, culminating with a performance at Nicaragua’s International Jazz Festival. She has also been featured on Sesame Street seasons 40 and 41, as well as Elmo’s Music Magic DVD. Additionally, Mariella has appeared alongside Rosie Perez, Tony Danza, James Naughton, Leni Stern, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Sy Williams, John Hicks, N’Dea Davenport, Will Bernard, and Marcus Miller among many others.