Sound Recording Grant recipient, Marissa Burwell, revels in the success of her LP “Bittersweet”

Marissa Burwell is an independent artist from Regina, Saskatchewan who quickly amassed fans worldwide after her first self-titled EP in 2019. Creative Saskatchewan’s relationship with Marissa began in 2019, with several Market Travel grants, but it certainly hasn’t ended there.

Marissa dove head-first into Creative Saskatchewan’s Commercial Sound Recording program in 2020-21, and the ripple effects of her success since then have been astounding...

Charted at spot number 94 on the NACC Top 200 for 3 weeks. The album was also the #20 most added at NCC on the add week with 19 official adds. There was support from 40 stations with top 30 charting on almost half of those stations.

Other successes include being a highlight artist for Breakout West, doing a livestreamed set for Liverpool Sound City, being part of Regina Folk Fest’s Summer Satellites, attending the Come November 2021 showcase in Toronto, and travelling to the Lower East Side of New York for the New Colossus festival.

After the release of Bittersweet, the beginning of a mentorship took place facilitated by Sam Taylor through Enki Music to work on UK relations. With this mentorship relationships are being built with individuals such as Anika Mottershaw (Bella Union) and Feedy Frizzi (MBF Music). Mavis Harris of Nice Marmot PR did the publicity campaign, which resulted in 80+ press and media coverage pieces:


About Marissa Burwell

Marissa Burwell is an indie act from the heart of Saskatchewan, known best for her captivating yet endearing performances. Her debut self-titled EP was released in 2019 creating a buzz that allowed appearances at international festivals including Reeperbahn, Liverpool Sound City, and Breakout West. And now, on the heels of her self-titled EP, Burwell remerges as a fully realized artist.

Burwell’s debut full-length album, Bittersweet is set to release on January 28, 2022. Bittersweet demonstrates remarkable growth, both as a songwriter and with her sonic palette. Her warm, summery voice and wry wit remain but beneath its indie-folk exterior, the album is adorned with lush keys, warm synth passages, and subtle drum programming. Lyrically it is her most personal work, full of images of dinner parties, church, gardens and that darkness that comes in waves and comes in seasons. Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan she writes one eye focused on childhood, the other gazing toward a hopeful future, and both feet planted firmly in the snow.