Official Biography (courtesy of MarshaJeanCarter.com)
Marsha Carter is a modern day poet. She was born and raised in Detroit and uses personal life experiences in her performances. In December 2006, she independently produced her first CD "Broccoli Don't Taste Like Peach Cobbler." The CD combines Marsha's powerful delivery of poetry over jazz and soulful beats. Many describe her live performance as "down to earth," "funny," "professional" and "very strong opinions." She can be seen every Thursday hosting open mic for poets and singers at "They Say" restaurant.
Marsha accomplished the very difficult task of making back-to-back Detroit Poetry Slam teams (2007/2008) and representing her city at the National Poetry Slam (NPS) competition. In 2007, she was selected from a pool of 500 people to perform as a finalist at the Music Hall for Detroit's "Bring-It" talent competition. Frankie Darcell (Mix 92.3 Radio Host) featured Marsha's poetry on her debut CD "Nourishment for the Soul." She has opened for the following live concerts: Dwele (Grammy award winner), KRS-ONE (Hip-Hop pioneer), Jaquar Wright (soul singer), Eric Roberson and Anthony David (independent soul singers). In addition, Marsha performed for the NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner, Detroit Black Expo, Comerica Taste Fest, African World Fest, the Philadelphia Clef Club and the University of Windsor. She was asked to be the keynote speaker for the 2007 graduationg class of Lessenger Middle School.
In 2006, she served as resident host of "Unrestricted Soul" open mic at Motown Soul Food CafÃ©, formerly Grand City Grille, currently South Beach Pizza Bar & Grille. In 2005, she hosted a successful jazz & poetry night at Magnolia Key Club. In addition, Marsha has written customized poems for numerous weddings, anniversaries, retirement parties, churches and non-profit groups.
In 1994, she received her B.A. in Communications from Western Michigan University and in 1996 was awarded her M.A. in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Currently, she works for a public relations firm in Detroit. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the National Public Relations Society of America. When she is not managing her poetry career, she is simply called "Ma-Ma" by her busy toddler Malone.