The Merry Rockers are a group of friends who met while studying at Berklee College Of Music in Boston MA. The group was formed by singer/songwriter Marissa Lelogeais (Mar) in 2011. One year later, they self-released their debut album “The Fruit Of Life,” recorded at 9B Studios in Millford, MA, and produced by Toft Willingham of rock reggae group Spiritual Rez. While taking a class on the music and life of Bob Marley at Berklee, Mar found that she identified with not only the pounding drums, the rhythmic guitar, the thumping bass but also the message of reggae music. She knew what Bob Marley meant when he said “Get Up, Stand Up, Don’t Give Up The Fight.” Mar has had to fight all her life because she was born three months premature which resulted in her having to cope with significant learning disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, and low vision. This only fueled her love and passion for life and reggae music. So moved was she by the story of the people of Jamaica and the messages of hope and love in the songs of bands such as Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, John Brown’s Body and Spiritual Rez, that she began writing reggae songs in earnest. This provided her the opportunity to share the stage with many of her favorite bands and artists such as Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Tubby Love, Mike Love and Cas Haley, to name a few!
2013 was a very significant time in the group’s development. Mar began to see that reggae music could not only help herself, but others who might be struggling with tough times in their lives. So she began to consider reaching out to a broader audience. The group began this endeavor by playing the 2013 “Vista And Visions” benefit to raise money for CPIRF (Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation). Mar also played the same benefit in 2014, this time sharing the stage with one of her greatest mentors at Berklee, Livingston Taylor. The group has played many venues in New York City (where they all live currently) and Boston. They’ve also begun to develop a strong fanbase in Minnesota by doing a two-week tour there culminating in a set at Project Earth 2014. The Merry Rockers have recently released their sophomore album “Embrace It.” “This album is the most honest writing I’ve ever done. It has some fantastic players on it and we had a blast recording it” Mar says.