Marca Cassity delivers inspired folk rock spirit songs with a positive message, and Native nuances, that speak to overcoming hardship through resilience, in connection to nature, humor, love, compassion, spirituality, and heritage.
Called a "a songwriter to be reckoned with" by No Depression Magazine, Marca was raised on the Osage reservation of Oklahoma. The product of Osage Indian ancestry and blue-collar sweat, hard work is no mystery to Marca, and it shows in their art and expression.
Music has been a gift and a path. At three, Marca was performing Johnny Cash songs at home, and by elementary school was entering piano competitions. In the teen years cousin Eddie taught Marca to play bluegrass guitar and Marca was also drawn to the music of such powerful rock-roots artists as Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, and Melissa Etheridge.
At 21, struggling with life in the bible belt as a two spirit, gender queer artist, Marca became an emergency room nurse to try and prove themself worthy of being on the planet. In 1995 Marca was in downtown Oklahoma City and was a rescuer at the Oklahoma City Bombing. This led to a love of resilience and a battle with PTSD. To heal, Marca set out on their life’s journey, eventually studying with spiritual teachers and musicians from around world, traveling to India, Nepal, and Brazil. Along the way, Marca was accompanied by the wisdom of Pema Chodron, Ram Dass, and Rumi and the solace of healing and transformational singing in traditional ayahuasca and peyote ceremony. Ultimately, the grace and grit of these roots, combined with the circular energy of mantra, took Marca back home as their empowered authentic self, and as an honored Osage artist featured in the Osage News Year in Review. (2014)
While songwriting and touring in, Marca landed in the Bay Area and has been writing music, singing, and performing for the last two decades while studying Nonviolent Communication, psychospirituality, non ordinary states of conscious, and plant spirit medicine, eventually achieving a Masters of Art in Psychological Counseling in 2011. After completing training as a trauma therapist at Native American Health Center of San Francisco, in April 2014 Marca received an artist grant from the Osage Nation foundation and released "Songs from the Well," an 11-song, album of resilience songs produced by Julie Wolf, who has collaborated with such musical acts as Indigo Girls and Ani DiFranco. The album speaks to overcoming hardship through resilience, connection to nature, humor, love, spirituality, and heritage. On stage, Marca embraces audiences with music, wit, ease and wisdom. After nationally touring in 2015 and 2016, Marca is now making a home in Oregon playing music and sharing a love of resilience though trauma counseling work. Marca has been honored to join the Native/POC advisory council of the Multidisciplinary Association of Pscychedelic Studies (MAPS) in 2018.
Marca's music career has spanned twenty years in performing in venues and events across America and internationally, including Harmony Festival, Santa Rosa; Earth Day, San Francisco; Mystic Garden Party Festival, Maui; Earthdance, Black Oak Ranch; and as a visiting artist at the Esalen Institute of Big Sur.