Marianne Kesler is a touring singer-songwriter who currently resides in Dayton, Ohio. A Columbus native, Kesler has had a vibrant love for music from an early age. Winning paid tuition for a song-writing intensive and recording project in Nashville helped Marianne launch her touring career. Early inspirations for her songwriting include traditional folk artists, and many have compared her music to artists such as Judy Collins, Carole King, Aimee Mann and Sheryl Crow. Her songwriting now includes pop, folk, acoustic, soul, r&b, ambient dream pop, and rock. Marianne is currently in a season of writing. When not writing for herself, she has written over 30 songs with neo-soul artist Leah Thompson. Marianne has licensed several of her original songs, and one song "What Do I Know," was covered by Americana artist Brant Christopher of Big Kettle Drum. She has co-written music with Kate Stanton for the duo Every Lovely Thing. Marianne continues to write & record songs, & perform.

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Marianne Kesler Bio

To everything there is a season ... Ecclesiastes

Dubbed "the headbanger's favorite folk artist" by a rock festival promoter, and "a darling of the folk, coffeehouse and college circuits for the better part of two decades" (Wildy's World 2009) Kesler has taken her meld of acoustic driven pop/folk/rock music across the United States, and as far as Australia and the Netherlands. With six CD projects and multiple singles to her credit, 2016 looks to be a season of song writing.

When writing songs to perform herself, Marianne loves to describe her highly organic vibe as a quirky meeting between her favorite artists. "Imagine," she muses, "If Joni Mitchell got together with Leonard Cohen for a writing session at the coffeehouse where Neil Young and the Counting Crows were playing, folk artist Jan Krist was singing, Tori & Fiona were pouting, Over The Rhine & Aimee Mann opened, and Santana stopped by to play some smokin' guitar...Yeah, It sounds something like that!"

Writing with and for other artists has broadened her musical horizon. A song called "What Do I Know was made into a demo by producer Ben Kesler and also covered by Americana artist Brant Christopher. A recently forged relationship with artist Leah Thompson has resulted in over 30 co-written songs, ranging from r&b/soul to dance pop. Marianne is currently writing with a friend in a duo dubbed Every Lovely Thing, and they just released their debut single, the ambient dreampop "Running".

Marianne has licensed several of her songs, and has received an ACSAP Popular Award 14 different years.

Marianne is also using her writing skills as blogger and free-lance writer & poet, and has completed work on the third of a trilogy of poetry/prose/photography books called the say something series (available on and in the Apple i-Bookstore).

Marianne is available for bookings as a singer-songwriter, house concerts, and workshops on creativity. Visit Marianne online at

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Marianne Kesler
over 30 days ago to Marianne Kesler

Summer season wrapped up, 3 fall gigs coming up!
Check my calendar page for specs!
You can also sign up on the home page of my website to receive my monthly music E-News!!

Marianne Kesler
over 30 days ago to Marianne Kesler

Just relocated to the Dayton area and have some live music performances coming up this spring and summer! You can always see the latest calendar dates on my website :)

Marianne Kesler
over 30 days ago to Marianne Kesler

While I usually write my own music, I recently recorded a studio cover of George Harrison's lovely "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" featuring acoustic guitar, violin, beats, vocals, and of course electric!

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