Heart-to-heart storytelling through song.
International recording artist Markeisha Ensley combines piano-playing flair with smooth soul, her sultry voice melting over soaring melodies. A cross between Nina Simone and Stevie Wonder, she was awarded the 2011 Abe Olman Scholarship Award for Excellence in Songwriting from the Songwriters Hall of Fame/Songwriters Guild of America, with previous recipients including John Legend. Based in NYC, she has performed all over the world, most recently in Japan, Paris and the Philippines. Combining the flavors of gospel, jazz and soul music, Markeisha strikes an uplifting groove and graces the stage with a powerful presence. Her most recent EP is entitled Talk to Me.
Since releasing her debut album, Ready, in 2006, Markeisha has received numerous awards and honors. Two songs from that cd, “The Strangest Thing” and “Loving You”, received an Honorable Mention in the Billboard World Songwriting Contest. BMI/Songwriters Association of Washington also recognized Markeisha, where she was asked to perform at the Smithsonian Museum alongside legendary Motown songwriter Lamont Dozier (“Stop! In the Name of Love”). The singer is also a proud member of LIFEBeat’s Hearts and Voices Program, bringing the healing power of music to people living with HIV/AIDS. Markeisha recently returned home to NYC after completing a 4-month residency performing in Japan. She is currently writing new songs for her next album.