Singer-pianist-songwriter Marilyn Harris boasts an enviable jazz pedigree. After studying composition with Hale Smith at UConn and film scoring with Ray Wrightand Manny Albam at Eastman School of Music, Marilyn worked extensively with jazz arranger Gil Evans and studied piano with Richard Tee and Rodgers Grant. Her talents have graced not only her own recordings, but a wide variety of other artists’ work including co-writing a gold record with Jim Brickman, doing arrangements for Bette Midler, Linda Purl, Lola Falana and Donna McKechnie, and her songs have been covered by vocalists Sharon McNight, Anne Marie Moss, Jackie Paris, Claire Martin, Cheryl Bentyne, cowriter Mark Winkler, Jeffrey Gimble, Cheryl Barnes, Joanne Tatham, Bobbe Norris, Judi Silvano , Josie Falbo and Diane Hubka.
Marilyn was born in Syracuse, NY and grew up in Hartford, CT. After graduating from UConn, she worked as a music editor and copyist in New York City, while pitching her original songs to publishers. She sang, arranged and produced music for commercials (Amoco, McDonald’s, Kraft, Kellogg’s, United Airlines, etc.) in New York and Chicago as well as providing over 200 music cues for ABC-TV’s “General Hospital“, among other TV shows, as well as radio dramas, theatrical plays and audio books.
In collaboration with composer-arranger-producer Mark Wolfram, in addition to her 4 CDs of original songs, Marilyn has released 5 meditation-relaxation CDs created with kotoist Mara Purl, harpist Stephanie Bennett, multi-woodwind player Phil Feather and guitarist Sandy Carter.