Marissa Mulder grew up in Syracuse, New York and in 2007, graduated from Suny Geneseo where she studied musical theatre. Her biggest musical influences were her grandparents. When Marissa was little, her grandmother directed her in several concerts and shows at St. Ann's Church in Syracuse. Her grandfather introduced her to the music of Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Rosemary Clooney and Billy Eckstine.
She came to New York and quickly delved into the Great American Songbook and cabaret, to which she is now utterly devoted. She made her cabaret debut at Don't Tell Mama under the direction of her mentor, singer Karen Oberlin. She won the 2011 Metro Star Challenge at the Metropolitan Room.
She recently sang in the Mabel Mercer Foundation series Cabaret On Mondays at the National Arts Club hosted by Donald Smith. Marissa frequently headlines at the restaurant La Mediterranee in NYC and performs often with Vocal Ease, the MAC Award-winning initiative which brings top level performers to local New York senior citizens.