Marcella was born in Bologna, Italy, where she received classical training on the piano from the age of 5. As a child, she loved listening to Opera, and grew up singing along to her favourite arias, until, at the age of 19, she discovered Billie Holiday. That's when she developed her deep love for jazz. Arriving in London in 1992 to study Fashion Design at Central St Martins College of Art, Marcella soon found her way to the various jam sessions in town, and started working as a session singer on dance music projects.
After graduation, while working for British designer Vivienne Westwood, Marcella continued to perform at various London venues, and, having left a career in Fashion to pursue her love of Music, she has now embarked on a Degree course at Trinity College of Music in London, where she has been studying with Tina May, Laura Zakian, Trudy Kerr and Anton Browne, as well as Mark Murphy (who visits regularly).
Her gigging schedule is already quite busy, and includes The National Theatre Foyer, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Paddington Gardens Millennium Festival and various London venues. Her repertoire is a multilingual mix of Jazz and Bebop standards, Latin repertoire (mostly sung in Portuguese), Jazz versions of Italian and French songs and original compositions, which she performs with her trio of guitar, double bass and drums.