Marion Powers

Vocalist/ Educator


Marion Powers is an award-winning jazz vocalist with performance experience from coast to coast. Her influences range from the classic Billie Holliday to the modern Kate McGarry and her performances showcase her wide range of abilities — including her dynamic improvisation skills, her fresh and modern arranging style, and her sensitive approach to songwriting. She has performed and been mentored by jazz greats such as Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves, Marshall Gilkes, Johnaye Kendrick, Benny Green, and more.

Currently located in Denton, TX, Marion is pursuing a Masters in Jazz Voice at UNT under renowned vocalists and educators Rosana Eckert and Jennifer Barnes. During her time at UNT she has been a Full Time Teaching Fellow in the vocal jazz department, Assistant Director of the UNT Jazz Singers, the lead vocalist for the Grammy Nominated UNT One O'clock Lab band, and Director of the vocal jazz ensemble Avenue C. Her voice can he heard on recordings with UNT Jazz Singers including their downbeat award-winning recording, “Groovin’ Hard,” for which she was recognized as an outstanding soloist. In 2018, Marion was selected as the vocalist for The Jazz Aspen Snowmass Academy Big Band under the direction of Christian McBride. Most recently, She was also selected as a member of the Jazz Education Network’s Sisters in Jazz Collegiate Quintet and was mentored by educator and pianist, Ellen Rowe, and world renowned baritone Sax player, Claire Daley.

Marion leads her own combo and performs regularly around the DFW area. She is passionate about teaching and maintains a private voice and piano studio. She is currently serving as Adjunct Instructor of Voice at UNT and has also been an instructor at the UNT Vocal Jazz camp. In addition, Marion is in demand as a live and studio vocalist, performing and recording various projects with musicians in the area.


Lab 2018, The Rhythm of the Road 2018

University of North Texas One O'clock Lab Band

Label: North Texas Jazz

Tracks 3 and 5

A Thousand Nights 2018

UNT Jazz Singers

Label: North Texas Jazz

Tracks: 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, and 12

Zemog Otrebor                                                                                                                             2017

Zemog Otrebor                           

Tracks 1, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11                  


Christmas                                                                                                                                     2016

The Dallas Horns

Tracks 1 and 7


Groovin’ Hard                                                                                                                              2016

UNT Jazz Singers

Track 3, 8, and 9

*awarded Outstanding Soloist for solo on track 9


Two Music: It Don't Mean A Thing, If It It…                                                                             2014

UNT Two O'Clock Lab Band

Label: North Texas Jazz

Track 4


Lasting Fragments

Jimin Lee                                                                                                                   2014

Label: Mirrorball Jazz World

Track 2, 4, 5, and 6


*more albums to be released in 2018


Marion Powers




Photographer: Alyssa Hedenstrom