Soul/Jazz Singer-Songwriter, Pianist.
I cannot say enough nice things about Markeisha. From the moment I contacted her she was lovely. Helpful and informative. She is a complete professional and her performance made my event very special. She has the most beautiful voice and a wonderful stage presence. I look forward to hearing her perform again soon.
loved having her for our fundraiser. her voice and playing made it very classy indeed. Would absolutely hire again. Hope she makes it so big she doesn't want the small gigs I have to offer from time to time!
Response from Markeisha Ensley:
Thank you, Lynn! I had such fun performing at your fundraiser and for a great cause! I hope to work with you again in the future (even after making it big )! :-)
Markeisha is a very talented artist.
I am a wedding planner and my company "Sposarsi a New York" organize weddings for Italian couples coming to NY from Italy, they were looking for a talent and we found Markeisha. She is a serious, professional and reliable singer. I fully recommend her!
My grandparents celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at a venue on Long Island with over 125 guests. I hired Markeisha to surprise my grandparents. She sang and played (keyboard) a Gladys Knight song. Additionally, she wrote, played (keyboard) and sang an original song based on their love story that she created.
As a former television producer for NBC, I have worked with many professionals in the entertainment industry. Markeisha was amazing! From my early communication with her through the execution of an amazing performance, I was very pleased with every aspect of our interaction.
From a business perspective, she was very quick to respond to emails, she corresponded with others to resolve issues, and was self sufficient. She arrived on time and was dressed beautifully.
As far as her performance, she is a gifted artist who brought my grandparents and the entire room to tears. Her voice just touches your heart! Her performance was a highlight of the entire night. She created "a moment" for my family that we will never forget. She earned her standing ovation!
I recommend her without reservation.
Markeisha performed for our mother's 80th birthday party. She sang and played beautifully but didn't overpower the event. Perfect!
Markeisha was just lovely. She sang three songs at our daughter's baptism. For the last song she made it interactive, which was totally her doing. It really added that something special and I loved that she was able to improvise and feel the crowd without direct instruction. She is a consummate professional. Replied to all messages promptly and was highly ethical and timely. I would recommend her without reservation. You will not be sorry.
Markeisha performed two songs solo and acapella in our hotel room in New York. My wife and I loved it, great voice, absolutely wonderful!
I have been a professional writer for over 25 years, having songs recorded by Freddie Mercury, Dionne Warwick, Cliff Richard and others. I highly recommend Markeisha Ensley. I always use Markeisha for my demo sessions because she is very professional. In concert she can sing with her backing band and also sing solo playing the piano. She is also an excellent songwriter.
Markeisha performed at our wedding in Napa, California. Her contributions to the ceremony and reception were invaluable. Her voice is beautiful and truly helped set the mood for the day. Everyone was highly moved by her performance. She was professional while also being warm and enthusiastic.
Price Range: $100 and up
Gig Length: 15 - 360 minutes
What to Expect
A client can expect to have a professional, fun, elegant and electric performance! I've had extensive experience singing all over the world, most recently in Japan, Paris, the Philippines and St. Barth's. I can provide an intimate piano and vocal only performance or front a full band, singing in the styles of jazz, R&B, pop, gospel and broadway. Also an award winning songwriter, I can write a customized, original love song for your wedding or other special occasion that can also be performed live at your event. It's a unique gift for your spouse or loved one that can be written from your own personal love story. I've also spent much time working as a teaching artist, teaching songwriting and music to students in special needs and general education settings and am available for music education services. I would love to help you bring your event to the next level!
International recording artist Markeisha Ensley combines piano-playing flair with smooth soul, with a voice reminiscent of early Whitney Houston and Gladys Knight. Based in NYC, she has performed all over the world, most recently in Japan, Paris and the Philippines. Markeisha sings jazz standards, pop, R&B, gospel and original music. Perfect for an intimate piano and vocal only performance or with her 5-piece band for larger events, Markeisha will provide dynamic and elegant entertainment to your next event. As a songwriter, 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. Markeisha also composes custom original songs for weddings, anniversaries and other special occasions through her company, Love Song Composer.
I can sing and play anything in the style of jazz standards, r&b/soul, pop, gospel and Broadway, selections ranging from Alicia Keys to Whitney Houston to Frank Sinatra to Norah Jones. I'm also able to learn songs if requested.
|Markeisha Ensley||Vocals, Piano|
Influences & Inspiration
Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Motown, Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Celine Dion, Etta James, Norah Jones, Otis Redding, Nina Simone, Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse
PA System (for larger events)