Born into a family of several generations of gifted musicians, Marcia's home was always filled with music. Her soulful originals are inspired by jazz, gospel, Latin, and R&B. From Dionne Warwick to The Edwin Hawkins Singers, from Ray Charles and Lou Rawls to Wes Montgomery, from Chaka Khan and Jill Scott to Sergio Mendes to Sting, her musical influences are rich and diverse. Marcia's voice and lyrics have been described as deeply soulful and moving, and her haunting melodies explore themes of faith, redemption, and social justice.
Marcia has performed with a number of popular local Boston bands including the jazz bands Straight Ahead and MaShanDi Jhazz, an all female R&B dance band called Sistahs of the Yam, and Move, an R&B pop band. She has appeared onstage at Ryles, Club Passim, Club 1369, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Augusta Savage Gallery at UMass Amherst, and the Arts Block in Greenfield among other venues. Marcia is also a talented actor. She was a principal cast member and composer for the play S.I.N.G: Silence is Never Golden, which premiered at the Boston Center for the Arts and toured locally for two years. Recently, she starred as the Lady in Purple in Serious Play Theater Ensemble's production of For Colored Girls Who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange which premiered at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton.
Marcia is a Cleo Laine vocal scholarship recipient and graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in voice and songwriting. She has also studied classical and jazz guitar privately.
Marcia recently moved to Western MA from Boston and is happy to now call the Valley home. When she is not writing or performing music, she teaches middle school English with an arts and social justice focus.
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Marcia's voice soars with effortless grace with a lovely tonal quality that is breathtaking. Her songwriting is thoughtful, accessible, and engaging. Her passion draws you into her world.
~ Samirah Evans, jazz vocalist
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Marcia's voice immediately struck me as strong and determined while sweet and sensitive, instantly reminding me of female R&B singers from the good ole days. Her talent and musicianship shone through her compositions and her use of interesting chord structures. Always smiling, she has made me one of her biggest fans and I feel honored to have her in our community.
~ Evelyn Harris, Grammy Award winning vocalist
"There is no me without music,” says singer-songwriter Marcia Gomes. “It’s part of who I am...”
- Daily Hampshire Gazette
Marcia Gomes on FCAT TV's The Song
Marcia Gomes is featured in FCAT TV's The Song, a cable program hosted by Mary Wheelan that showcases the original music of local singer songwriters. Watch Marcia perform several of her songs including a new version of her song Trayvon that features a spoken word rap written and performed by Michael Lawrence-Riddell!