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The Merry Rockers EMBRACE IT
Pre- Order The Merry Rockers are a group of friends who met while studying at Berklee College Of Music in Boston MA. The group was formed by singer/songwriter Marissa Lelogeais (Mar) in 2011.
In 2012, they self- released their debut album “The Fruit Of Life” which was produced by Toft Willingham of rock reggae group Spiritual Rez and recorded at 9B Studios in Millford MA.
After taking a class on the music and life of Bob Marley while in college, Mar found that she identified with not only the pounding drums, the rhythmic guitar, the thumping bass but also the message. She knew what Bob Marley meant when he said “ Get Up, Stand Up Don’t Give Up The Fight”
Mar has had to fight all her life because she was born three months premature which resulted in her having to cope with significant learning disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, and low vision. This only fueled her love and passion for reggae music, So moved was she by the story of the people of Jamicia and the messages of hope and love in the songs of bands such as Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, John Brown’s Body and Spiritual Rez that she began writing reggae songs in earnest.
This allowed her to share the stage with many of her favorite bands and artists such as Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Tubby Love, Mike Love and Cas Haley to name a few!
2013 was a very significant time in the group’s developement. Mar began to see that reggae music could not only help her but others who might be struggling with tough times in their lives. So she began to consider reaching out to a broader audience. The group began this endeavor by playing the 2013 “Vista And Visions” benefit to raise money for CPIRF (Cenrbal Palsy International Research Foundation). Mar also played the 2014 benefit this time sharing the stage with one of her greatest mentors at Berklee, Livingston Taylor.
The group has played many venues in New York ( Where they all live currently) and Boston. They’ve also began to develope a strong fanbase in Minnesota by doing a two- week tour there culminating in a set at Project Earth 2014.
The Merry Rockers are currently working on their sophmore release “Embrace It”. “This album is the most honest writing I’ve ever done. It has some fantastic players on it and we had a blast recording it” Mar says.