Marsha recently won "Female Artist of the Year" from Power 96.5FM and the Black Music Month Conference Awards! "This is such a blessing," she said. "I did not think I was going to win. I'm so shocked."
Marsha had a Cotton Club/1920s/Juke Joint birthday party in Niagara Falls to celebrate her 50th birthday and it was standing room only! There was food, song, dancin', and, of course, a good time had by all. It was also the first time Marsha did her stand-up comedy act. Here are some pics from the big party!
Marsha McWilson is currently on the Fantastic Voyage Caribbean cruise, singing Etta James songs for people on board the big boat. This cruise also features music concerts by The O'Jays, The Isley Brothers, SWV, En Vogue, and Anita Baker, among plenty others! Marsha is super excited because Jacque Reid interviewed her for the "Inside Her Story" segment on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, airing 5/1/18 between 8am and 8:30am!
Marsha has been entertaining seniors at Our Lady of Peace, an assisted living facility in Lewiston, New York. Most performers sing at an audience, but Marsha finds ways to sing with her audiences. For instance, she takes the classic Gladys Knight song, "Midnight Train To Georgia" and involves the crowd. Imagine little old ladies making the moves "The Pips" would make... Marsha gets them to "toot toot" the train horn, raising their one arm in the air, as well as rolling their arms like wheels to the left and to the right, and, of course, clapping along as best they can. She even "auditions" her back-up singers, making them copy her going up and down the scale: "mi mi mi mi mi..." Now, you had to be there to fully appreciate this, but let me tell you: the seniors had a blast. They were singing along, making their dance moves, and smiling. Isn't that the point? Even the staffers and visitors were like, "Who is this Marsha McWilson? She brings the joy!" True story: one person told Marsha that her performance got a woman singing, a woman whom she has never even heard speak in years! That's the power of music, folks, especially when it's delivered by fun-loving, caring Marsha McWilson.
Well, this was unexpected! Marsha went to see Johnny Gill perform, and sure enough, she ended up singing for him! Johnny passed Marsha the microphone and was blown away by her dynamic vocals. You can see for yourself-- the picture quality isn't the best, but you get the idea.
Marsha also got to meet Johnny Gill in person.
She's always meeting famous singers, you know? A month before Gill, she met up with Chaka Khan!
Marsha loved seeing Menopause: The Musical and enjoyed hanging out with the cast! Of course she sang with 'em! If you saw "A League of Their Own," the Madonna baseball movie, you'll recognize Megan Cavanagh who played Marla Hooch in that popular film!
Marsha is a regular on the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise each Spring. She's very social, so you can bet she met quite a few notable people you might know, like Tito Jackson, Bobby Brown and Sherri Shepherd, who called Marsha "amazingly talented!" She also enjoyed hearing concerts by artists like Anthony Hamilton, Fantasia, and Mary J. Blige. Interestingly, aboard the cruise Marsha kept getting compliments on her fashion-forward outfits. Bobby Jones even mentioned her clothing choices from his stage, inviting her to sing, too! While on board the Carnival Dream cruiseliner, Marsha participated in the actors' workshop alongside Rodney Perry. She also took pics with people like radio mogul Cathy Hughes, former BET exec Stephen Hill, and fellow actors from various Tyler Perry shows.
Marsha's 2017, so far, included two concerts at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls for Valentine's Day. Perhaps the most unique thing that happened there? She got the Hard Rock Cafe employees Jody and Justin to rock out with her on stage with their smokin' cover of "Come Together" by The Beatles. If you follow Marsha on Facebook, you can find that video.
Meanwhile, Marsha went to the TCT TV studios in March where she performed three songs for the TV show "Celebrate." You can see her version of Tamela Mann's "Take Me To The King" on the main page of her website.