"Marianne" is a Sydney (Australia) born and based singer /songwriter. Her songs are heart-felt and emotive, with vocal harmonies and varied instrumental styles and influences. In 1996, she became involved in the Entertainment Industry, performing in a cappella groups including "The Contemplators" (eclectic covers and originals) and the "Elementals" (Gospel). Collectively, they performed at venues such as The Basement (Sydney), The Sydney Opera House, Star City, as well as at Festivals, Private & Corporate functions. Marianne travelled overseas to America in 1997, as a choir member of "The Australian Gospelaires", performing in New Orleans, and at the 'The Jasper Festival' in Birmingham, Alabama. Writing poetry and songs have been important forms of self - expression for Marianne since childhood. In 1987 she began playing guitar and concentrating on her original music. In 1999 she commenced recording her debut album, "The Truth", which was completed in 2000 and re-released in 2008. It is a collection of sixteen original songs written over a thirteen-year period, in the genres of Pop, Rock, Ballads, Blues and Country. "The Truth" tells a story of human emotions through relationships, from naivety through to self-love and spirituality. Marianne produced, wrote the lyrics and music, co-edited and sang the lead and most of the backing vocals for the CD. To improve her song writing and technical skills, Marianne entered a Graduate Diploma of Music (Audio) in 2005, from which she graduated in 2007. Her other qualifications include: The Master of Education (Administration & Management) at Sydney University, Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Multicultural Education) majoring in Linguistics, and a Diploma of Teaching (Primary) majoring in Theatre Arts. Marianne is also a trained and experienced High School Careers Adviser. The skills acquired through her eclectic past studies are being utilized in her business "C Change Music Pty Ltd", which offers services including live entertainment and song writing (words and/or lyrics). Marianne is also working on a Contemporary, as well as a Children's CD of original songs, and performing live. Marianne has a powerful voice, a diverse range original and cover songs, and a relaxed yet enticing stage presence.