Markeisha Ensley (SGA)

Abe Olman Scholarship, 2011

A New York City-based artist, Markeisha originally hails from Aurora, Colorado.  Her love affair with music began in the church when she joined the choir at age seven.  She made the move to NYC to attend New York University where she graduated cum laude from the Music Business Program.  It was there that she fully realized her passion for songwriting, spending many a night honing her piano skills and writing music in the school’s practice rooms.  Markeisha released her first full-length CD Ready in 2006, which she also co-produced.  The soulful disc, with its hopeful message about love and life, includes nine tracks penned by the singer.  Two songs from the CD, “The Strangest Thing” and “Loving You” received an Honorable Mention in the Billboard World Songwriting Contest.  Markeisha has performed around New York City in such notable venues as The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, and Sullivan Hall and has appeared on Showtime at the Apollo.  An ASCAPlus Award winner, she has shared the stage with R&B songstress Angie Stone and was recently selected to perform at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC at the BMI/SAW Songwriters Showcase featuring legendary Motown songwriter and SHOF inductee Lamont Dozier. Markeisha also performs with LIFEBeat’s Hearts and Voices Program, bringing the healing power of music to people living with HIV/AIDS. She is currently recording her second EP, which will be released later in 2011.