Marvalinn is a native Detroiter and currently resides in the city with her husband and four children. She grew up in the city with her parents and seven brothers and sisters. She started singing and playing piano at church and in school at an early age. She picked up the flute a few years later.
While in college she met her husband and best friend, Nathan. He encouraged her to start playing and singing professionally. During this time, she also started writing her own songs. Since then, she has released an independent CD, “No Greater Love” and two singles “Press On” and “Completely Amazed”. Currently, she is working on her second full length independent CD “Thunder of Praise” projected to be released in 2011.
Both Nathan and Marvalinn have a vision for God’s people to come into maturity and take their place as sons and daughters of the Most High. "We must exercise the authority we have in Christ and declare the word of God in the earth for kingdom advancement. We are to bring a godly transformation in our environment and realms of influence and purposefully teach and train the next generation to bring this into their generation and the generations to come. "
Marvalinn has a heart for Detroit. She believes a day will come when Detroit will not be called a barren and forgotten land, but rather be looked to as a light to the nation.
Marvalinn serves on her worship team at her church, Harvest Christian www.harvest-christian.org
She has been requested by Patsy Clairmont, Women of Faith speaker and bestselling author of “God Uses Cracked Pots” distributed by Focus on the Family, to sing and play at a special women’s event. She also appeared on the Emmy nominated show, “I’m Just Sayin’” with Pastor Dan Willis on the TCT Network and recently appeared on the "Dorinda" television show. She also was requested by grammy winner Dorinda Clark Cole to perform at the 12th Singers and Musicians conference in Detroit.
October 2010, Marvalinn's song "Your Face Shines" won 2nd place in her group for Pop/AC genre at the "Write About Jesus" songwriting conference. www.writeaboutjesus.com
In May, 2008 Marvalinn was the winner of the "Dreams are Possible" competition held by LaShell and Lee Griffin of DAP Music. LaShell was Oprah Winfrey's Popstar winner in 2004. Marvalinn was also announced the American Idol Underground Big Push 2 faith-based winner in June 2007. This competition took place over the internet where listeners choose their favorite song. “Press On” was the song that secured the #1 spot for Marvalinn. At the time of the win, American Idol Underground was in partnership with the producers of the television show American Idol.
Marvalinn also home school’s her three oldest children who often join her in leading worship at a local nursing home.
Marvalinn says” I enjoy singing and playing because it brings life and much joy, not only to me, but to those around me. I know that the people are blessed when I sing and when I play the piano and flute. You can just see it on their faces. It’s very satisfying and fulfilling, and I know it pleases the Father.”