To everything there is a season ... Ecclesiastes
Dubbed "the headbanger's favorite folk artist" by a rock festival promoter, and "a darling of the folk, coffeehouse and college circuits for the better part of two decades" (Wildy's World 2009) Kesler has taken her meld of acoustic driven pop/folk/rock music across the United States, and as far as Australia and the Netherlands. With six CD projects and multiple singles to her credit, Marianne continues to write music and perform solo gigs mostly in the Dayton OH area.
When writing songs to perform herself, Marianne loves to describe her highly organic vibe as a quirky meeting between her favorite artists. "Imagine," she muses, "If Joni Mitchell got together with Leonard Cohen for a writing session at the coffeehouse where Neil Young and the Counting Crows were playing, folk artist Jan Krist was singing, Tori & Fiona were pouting, Over The Rhine & Aimee Mann opened, and Santana stopped by to play some smokin' guitar...Yeah, It sounds something like that!"
Writing with and for other artists has broadened her musical horizon. A song called "What Do I Know was made into a demo by producer Ben Kesler and also covered by Americana artist Brant Christopher. A recently forged relationship with artist Leah Thompson has resulted in over 30 co-written songs, ranging from r&b/soul to dance pop. Marianne also wrote with friend Kate Stanton as a duo dubbed Every Lovely Thing. They released two studio singles in an ambient dreampop style, "Running" and "Not the Only One".