Marcella & Her Lovers

Swamp Soul Memphis

Spooner Oldham & Marcella perform live

A few weeks back, at the invitation of Beale Street Caravan, the Lovers and I were honored to perform with Spooner Oldham.

If you don't know the name Spooner Oldham you definitely know his songs and cohorts: in addition to co-writing, along with Dan Penn, such canonical American hits as "When A Man Loves A Woman", "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" and "At the Dark End of the Street", Spooner has played keys with everyone from Bob Dylan and Neil Young to Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett.  

This once in a lifetime experience was recorded and filmed for Beale Street Caravan's "I Listen to Memphis" video series at Memphis's legendary P&H Cafe, and will be premiering this summer. 

The Lovers and I performed two songs with Spooner: "I'm Your Puppet" and "I'd Rather Go Blind". 

What an honor it was to perform these American classics alongside one of their architects. The videos shimmer with soul and toffee colored light (courtesy of Christian Walker's excellent production team, and engineer extraordinaire Adam Hill's incredible audio mixes) and we cannot wait to share them with you!

Love and light,


Marcella invited to perform @Lucerne Blues Festival !

Marcella is absolutely elated to be invited as a featured artist joining Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience for two performances at the Lucerne Blues Festival in Nov 14-19 . This will be her first time in Lucerne and will be continuing her travels solo in Switzerland headed to Geneva to work on an album with producer Robin Girod. More BTS photos from the recording project on Marcella's personal instagram account @marcella.simien

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BTS new album "Got You Found" in the studio

We were in the studio for most of June with Toby Vest & Pete Matthews producing and engineering of High Low Recording at their new home American Recording Studio. Check out behind the scenes photos of our time during the recording of our first full length album "Got You Found" out 2018. All 130of our IndieGoGo Donors will receive advanced promotional copies of the CD along with all the perks they paid for (new shirt design, sticker, limited edition poster, etc).

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Why Drake & Justin Timberlake Love Memphis: Inside Its Bold New Renaissance- Marcella mentioned in article by Bob Mehr

"Situated in Midtown’s thriving Cooper Young neighborhood, DKDC bills itself as a rum bar, specializing in exotic cocktails and a variety of South American street food. Late at night, DKDC’s intimate confines become a place for local acts -- including Zydeco songstress Marcella Simien, Stax Records-signed soul-blues band Southern Avenue and Mike Doughty’s improv troupe Spooky Party -- to try out new material."- Bob Mehr Read the full feature article here . "Why Drake & Justin Timberlake Love Memphis: Inside Its Bold New Renaissance" 

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Best of Music Fest

Bob Mehr, Commerical Appeal, USA TODAY: "Another local standout was Marcella & Her Lovers, who won over a lot of fans with their set to kick things off Sunday. Having the boost of a horn section – led by Jim Spake and Art Edmaiston – really added to the overall presentation and sound. And Simien is just one of those artists whose music and easy manner seem naturally suited to the festival environment, which is about engaging people who are probably seeing you for the first time." 

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Strong female voices, continued good weather keep the Beale Street Music Festival buzzing on final day

"Memphis-based Marcella and Her Lovers – led by Louisiana native Marcella Simien – started the day off on the Bud Light Stage. Supported by an expanded version of her group (which included a horn section) Simien stirred up a gumbo of Crescent City pop and Memphis soul. A natural born performer – her father is Grammy winning Zydeco artist Terrence Simien – she proved an ideal festival act, engaging an audience (most seeing her for the first time), that seemed to have been converted to fans by set’s end. "- Bob Mehr  Read the full article here

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