Music is an integral part of Marlissa Vela’s life – a driving force that has helped her define a path as a songwriter, producer, and performer.
Marlissa was born into a musical family and music played an important role in her formative years. Luminaries from the Conjunto and Tejano universes were regular visitors at the Vela household, where her father, the iconic Ruben Vela, would hold impromptu jam sessions. Ruben’s humble demeanor and willingness to share his mastery of the accordion with anyone who listened made a lasting impression in Marlissa. Attending her father’s concerts is one of her fondest childhood memories. Under the glow of lights and the sound of dance-inducing songs, her desire to one day own the spot light grew ever stronger. Her chance to take the stage came in the summer of 1997, when she participated in a surprise performance during a lifetime achievement award concert in honor of her father. The show was the culmination of a childhood dream and the birth of a star.
Marlissa’s first performance caught the ears and eyes of record label executives, and her first long-play recording, “Marlissa,” was released in the winter of 1997. The ensuing tour made Marlissa a household name in markets throughout the Southern United States and Northern Mexico. She became a regular at television and radio shows, all while keeping a busy live-performance schedule. Her sophomore album, “Sola,” released in 2000, introduced listeners to Marlissa’s composer side. Her songs, “Sola,” the record’s title cut, and “Pura Candela” quickly took over the airwaves in many markets. By 2001, Marlissa had consolidated herself as one of the premier Conjunto and Tejano artists of the time. That year, she released “Baila,” her third album.
After touring countless venues, and wooing audiences in two countries, Marlissa decided to her heed her motherly call and in 2004 stepped away from the limelight to raise a family. Now she returns with the same intensity that captivated audiences. However, her love for writing and charting a path is much greater than before. Her lyrics are profound and captivating, revealing Marlissa’s passionate and mature artistic qualities, and her on-stage performances are a testament to the humble, yet fervent artist that she has become.