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Marilyn Scott

Born and raised in southern California, vocalist Marilyn Scott counts among her earliest influences singers like Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Gladys Knight, Janis Joplin, Etta James and Sam Cooke. She began performing in local clubs and school functions when she was 15. She moved to San Francisco to attend college on an art scholarship, and fronted Top 40 and Latin-jazz bands around the San Francisco Bay area. Among the many friends she made was Emilio Castillo of Tower of Power, who recognized her gifts as a vocalist and hired her to do lead and backing vocals with the horn-based band. Those recording sessions led to her making her way back to Los Angeles as a studio session singer, where she recorded and performed with musicians and groups including Spyro Gyra, the Yellowjackets, Hiroshima, Etta James and Bobby Womack. The session work led to her being the only white female cast member to tour with the musical Selma, which dealt with the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Scott's first recording as a solo artist was a single version of Brian Wilson's "God Only Knows'' that hit the Billboard Top 100 and led to her first album, Dreams of Tomorrow, for Atco/Atlantic. Scott's second album, Without Warning, made her the darling of the jazz critics. Her base in Los Angeles and her years as a studio singer led to a lot of movie-soundtrack work, and her distinctive vocals have been heard on the soundtracks to Torch Song Trilogy and Twins. After teaming up with Bobby Caldwell, she recorded Sky Dancing, which became a hit in Japan and led to her own headlining tour of the country. In 1992, she recorded and released Smile, which featured a duet with Brenda Russell on "You Don't Know Me" and "That Man on My Mind."

On Take Me with You, her 1996 debut for Warner Bros., she combined her interest in classic R&B and blues, pop, jazz and Brazilian music. She collaborated with Dori Caymmi, George Duke, Russell Ferrante, Ricardo Silvera, Boney James, keyboardist Bob James and Jimmy Haslip. She interprets songs like Stevie Wonder's "Bird of Beauty" and Dexter Wansel's "I'm in Love Once Again." Avenues of Love followed in 1998. ~ Richard Skelly, Rovi
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taildragger4 2 3
She is tough! I've got to add her to my music collection. Yes.
First time hearing her::: yes
Great smooth jazz vibes Calling Your Name and love the harmonies. Great vibes!
kimovn630
Unique and soothing voice, but underrated and deserves more attention.
Great voice. Love her music. Listening to her for a long time.
I've been listening to her for over 30 years...I heard her in San Diego at a free concert and loved her voice. !
Laid back. I love her voice.
First time listener of her music I'm in love have to get some of her stuff!
Oh girl your voice is so soothing, Would like to hear more
beautiful
Donny H. I love it.
Love the pure sound of your voice and tone, beautiful sung...
Beautiful song
Beautiful song!
d.k.huggins
She's hypnotic....
What a voice......t e a r s
One of my all time favorite singers-:)
classy lady great voice
Love the classics. i'd like to see a duet with Dianna Krall and Marilyn Scott singing that soulful jazz..
I think she's right up there with Dianna Krall and I've always been a fan of her's...but I think
I like Marilyn Scott just as much:)
WoW!!!!
i like her she's really soulfulful
Now that is SMOOOOTH...
Wow that's Jazz love it!
Wow!
First time I've heard this artist. I'm digging her.
stephensclv
I have never heard of her before...... I want everything she has put out! I am a new fan:)
Any man who ignores this beautiful voice and woman must be crazy, deaf, and blind. She is lovely and a natural singer with professional class.
The FEMALE Michael Franks....sm o o t h and slick
bwasobaby47
OH MY, She is SMOOTH AS GLASS.
This was my first discovery of this hidden treasure. Marilyn is straight forwardly consistently smooth with her vocal range. I'm avid fan of all the Jazz groups she'd performed with and I'm just now appreciating her vocal talent . . . I go to get her into my music bank!!
Re: redbar20- Frank McComb. I heard this song on his album. I didn't know that was Marilyn Scott singing with him.
redbar20
Who's that brother singing with her???? He's got it!!!!!
joylady90056
I've been a Marilyn Scott fan for a long time.....I love this song and the texture of her voice. Thank you Pandora!
First time to hear this artist...goo d song, great voice! Send along more!
Really like this song too!
Like this one...
One of the most amazing voices I'vd ever heard; saw her back in 1986ish with Bobby Caldwell At my Place and with Tower of Power. Knocked my sock AND shoes off!!! My intro to Jazz.
smooth and relaxing
introduced 2 her via her 1st album dreams of tommorow. great voice.could have sworn she was african american when i hear her. well look at her idols.
alanlaw310
Smoothy and silky sultry voice! Very Nice!
She has a melodic treasure in her tone, very bountiful with Beauty. ; ~ D
Very good.
Sweet, sweet, sweet! I like it
Nice and easy I like it...
michael.hail e y
wow - what a find! i will pass this name along! so good to hear new adult music!
Hi quality music!
I love the Sweet and smooth tones of a real artist! I hope to hear more of you soon.
threesixty
great vocals..with so many studio artist, it is good to hear the real
mcintoshr_20 0 1
GREAT SOUND !!!!! fantastic voice.
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