B i o g r a p h y
Marvilla was named after the latin american comic book title "Marvila, la mujer maravilla", the hispanic series of the well-known Wonder Woman superheroine. She embraced her name early on as an inspiration and encouragement in her life's journey.
Born in Puerto Rico, Marvilla's family moved to Florida when she was six years old. She was raised in Jacksonville, and was required to speak Spanish in the home, in order to preserve her native tongue. Nick-named "Marvillous" by a high school teacher, Marvilla secretly dreamed of becoming a singer. She would lock herself in her room and sing along with the latest radio hits... always too shy to take it any further. But her father is a performer, and was leading a full, 15 piece latin band when Marvilla was 13. She became a part of it, and the slow process of gaining confidence began. She won the crown in her high school pageant, and was also named "Most Talented" for her performance of " I Could Have Danced All Night." Marvilla was introduced to the world of choirs and showchoirs soon after, and was voted co-president of her high school Senior Choir.
After high school, the family moved to Orlando, where they all found work at Disney World. While mastering several areas of the Magic Kingdom, Marvilla studied at Valencia Community College. She took on the showchoir with ease, and also had her first encounter with American Style Ballroom Dancing. She became a part of the college dance team, and learned dance and showchoir basics together through top notch instructors and statewide events and competitions. With an AA Degree, Marvilla pursued studying at the Musical Theatre department of the University of Miami. However, her audition did not gain her a place in the coveted music school. Instead, she graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Advertising and Public Relations.
Through the world of ballroom dancing, she accepted a teaching position at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Fort Myers, FL. in 1998. Marvilla became a Top Teacher within the company, and excelled in teaching beginner & advance dancers. She accepted other teaching positions in the following years, but still kept ahold of her dream to sing. While teaching at Aki's Dance Studio, she auditioned for a local production of the musical "Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." Marvilla was ultimately given the lead role of Mrs. Lovett. Although she was too young for the part, the show was well received by audiences throughout it's 3-week run. Shortly after, she auditioned for the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, and was a part of the ensemble for their Children's Theatre production of "Beauty and the Beast." Marvilla was also cast in the ensemble of "Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical," and was the understudy for the lead role of Lucy.
In early 2003, Marvilla was introduced to Mike Goods, the piano player traveling with Aaron Neville. Based in Naples, FL, Goods invited Marvilla to join him for a weekly gig at the Ritz Carlton Tiburon Resort. During their season together, Goods encouraged her to try some of the standards, and find inspiration from Linda Ronstadt, Nathalie Cole, and others. A few seasons later, Marvilla returned to the Ritz Carlton's Tiburon Resort performing with piano player, Jerry Stawski. In Fort Myers, she performed weekly at the Roadhouse Cafe with sax, piano player, and composer Woody Brubaker.
In October 2003, Marvilla went out to dinner at Dolce Vita Restaurant & Lounge in Sanibel Island. It was a popular hangout for the locals, as well as the snowbirds coming in to enjoy the ambience, excellent food/service and entertainment. That is where Marvilla met Joe McCormick. The Sanibel pianoman had an established venue there. The crowd was his. Marvilla sat in to sing with Joe. One song, then two... it was the beginning of a successful and rewarding partnership that has continued since. Joe has been the ultimate partner/teacher, helping bring out the best in Marvilla's voice. Together, they became one of the most sought out acts in Southwest FL, leading their followers to join them time and again at Dolce Vita Restaurant, The Lighthouse Restaurant, The Roadhouse Cafe, and most recently Traditions on the Beach Restaurant.
Currently, Marvilla continues her run at Traditions with friend, Woody Brubaker. Together they keep the music playing for music enthusiasts of all ages.
During her career building, Marvilla married fellow Puerto Rican and baseball coach, José L. Marzán, in 2005. They started a family with the birth of their first son, Jonah Alexis, in 2006. Their second son, Sebastián Andrés, was born in 2011. The family attends Riverside Church, where Marvilla is a member of the worship team.
Marvilla is currently recording, and working on new projects in the studio.