Marla BB

Marla BB

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Marla BB known as New York City's "Sassy Mama Blues Bombshell" has been journeying into the realms of World, Gospell, Jewish, Kirtan, Funk, Pop, Blues, Hard Rock, & Soft Lullabies. Come...enter the unexpected with DESTINY MEETS DEVIL AT THE CROSSROADS. And check out "I Want" - You will!

Biography

Marla BB has studied the voice & body for over 30 years now. She is an internationally touring blues based singer, a nationally recognized teacher, and martial artist.
Marla started her career in the 80's teaching Music & Drama to all kinds of kids & adults (from special needs to "normal"), and forming her 1st trio, "StoneBlue" in Boston, performing regionally part time in the NorthEast. After borrowing James Montgomery's rhythm section, adding sax & B3, her band expanded into a 6-piece R&B unit called, "Marla & The Boys". Come the 90's, Marla moved to New York City & started touring nationally full time. "Marla BB & her Sassy Mama Blues Band" took the Blues scene by storm...Now, those of you who've worked the chitlin' circuit know how good that food can be & what it can do to you. Off the road, Marla began training in the Martial Arts & hasn't stopped since. "I'm No Angel" with Bill Sims Jr., Mick Gaffney (from Stuff & Chaka Kahn), Muzz Skillings (Living Colour), Richard Crooks (Dr.John), & Mitch Margold (Toots & The Maytals), Ms. BB began rockin'out all night long!
3 CD's later with distribution, showcases at most national Music Conferences, airplay & gigs around the country & abroad - Marla BB began living the Blues...Encountering heartaches & heartthrobs, Marla headed for the Hills of Western Massachusetts leaving the hub of the big Apple behind. With the new millenium, Ms. BB has a new CD, come hear her tale on DESTINY MEETS DEVIL AT THE CROSSROADS. And check out "I Want" - You will!

Lyrics

I Want

Written By: Marla BB

I WANT
Lyrics by Marla BB,
Music by Bill Sims, Jr.
© 1999 Mayeara Music/SESAC
& B Sims Publishing/BMI

I want our sex to be erotic
I want intimacy not neurotic
I want your kisses everyday
I want bliss in every way

I want life filled with love
I want love I can grab hold of
I love you yes, I want you no
Baby stay, Now baby go

The one I want, is one I can't have
The one I have, is one I want too
I want too
I want two
I want to be in love with you

The one I want, is one I can't have
The one I have, is one I want too
I want too
I want two
I want to be in love with you

I'm down on my knees, Cryin' baby please
Take me back, Cause I believe

The one I want, is one I can't have
The one I have, is one I want too
I want too
I want two
I want to be in love with you,
Oh Yeah

I was a fool to walk out on you
Thinking lust was gonna carry me through
But, now I'm ready to see
The one makes my dreams reality!

The one I want, is one I can't have
The one I have, is one I want too
I want too
I want two
I want to be in love with you

The one I want, is one I can't have
The one I have, is one I want too
I want too
I want two
I want to be in love with you
I want to be in love with you
I want to be in love with you

oooo...

I want too
I want two
I want to be in love with you

Destiny Meets Devil At The Crossroads

Written By: Marla BB

DESTINY MEETS DEVIL AT THE CROSSROADS
Lyrics by Marla BB,
Music by Muzz Skillings
© 2005 Mayeara Music/SESAC
& All That Is Music/ASCAP

Listen to me people, got a story that's true
What happened to me, could happen to you

Had a meeting at the crossroads,
I was/ Too busy messin' aroun'
Destiny'd have to wait,
my soul she checked out of town

Had a meeting at the crossroads
Didn't know it at the time.
Had a date with devil,
in the guise of a friend of mine.

I know I'm in the midsts of this meeting
I know somethin's got to give
I feel like a blind concubine at the crossroads,
with a sign to "live" & a sign to "lost",
& a toll sign flashin' above it all, sayin' "soul cost", "soul cost"

Now what I was doin',
I didn't seem to know
'Cept I was cheatin' on the outside
While my insides were lettin' go

I was runnin' for cover
from the one who kept me warm
I was bustin' every trust won
& assuming I'd still be adored

I prayed to G-d
"Lord, Help me see the light!"
Lord said nothin'.
It was the Devil said, "Ooo sweet mama, everythin's gonna be alright..."

I said, "Lord,
why am I doin' this to the one I love?"
Lord said nothin'.
While Devil my soul was tryin' to rob

Yeah, I had a meeting at the crossroads
Guess I wasn't ready yet
I still had to lie & cheat & sneak & meet
the part of my heart that was frozen steel

Where I grew up love never left
Didn't matter how you were treated
A debt is a debt is a death
I said, I do, for better or worse
If I set you free, is it your blessing or my curse

Havin' a meeting at the crossroads
with this new found friend of mine
Lord, I wanna know, why did I obsess & get possessed?
It was Devil said, "So you'll recognize me next time."

Hell, I'm done with this meeting at the crossroads
& my soul, she's not giving up
She's sad, & she bartered, & she's battered
But y'know, she's finally growin' up

Had a meeting at the crossroads
I didn't know it at the time.
Had a date with devil,
in the guise of a friend of mine.
A date with devil…

Would you like one too?
I could fix you up with her
She’d go out with you
Mmm come on, Oh yeah
Get it on with devil, Yeah
You can have her, I am through.

You Can't Always Get What You Want

Written By: Mick Jagger

YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET
WHAT YOU WANT

At her feet was a foot loose man
I heard her say, Can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But, if you try sometime, you might find
Surely you find , You get what you need Yeah,
You get what you need

I went down to the demonstration
Get my fair share of abuse
Singing words to vent my frustration
If I don’t, I’m gonna blow a fuse

You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But, if you try sometime,
you might find
Surely you’ll find,
You get what you need
Yes, you’ll find that you will
Get what you need

I saw her today at the reception
In her glass was a bleeding man
She was practiced at the art of deception
I could tell her by her blood stained hand

I heard her say,You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But, if you try sometime,
you might find
Surely you find, You get what you need
Yeah, you find that you will
Get what you need

You can’t always get what you want You can’t always get
what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But, if you try sometime, you might find
Surely you find, You get what you need
Yeah, You get what you need

Discography

DESTINY MEETS DEVIL AT THE CROSSROADS -
"I Want" & title track,"Destiny Meets Devil At The Crossroads"
SOULSHOCKED OVERLOAD - "Vindication"
I'M NO ANGEL - title track,"I'm No Angel", "Do I", & Goin' Down Delta"
MERCY! - title track,"Mercy!" & "Will I or Won't I Leave You Blues"
WHEN LOVE COMES - title track,"When Love Comes"

Set List

Original songs;

Destiny Meets Devil At The Crossroads (Marla BB & Muzz Skillings)
I Want (Marla BB & Bill Sims Jr.)
Im No Angel (Marla BB & Mick Gaffney)
Do I (Marla BB & Mick Gaffney)
Goin' Do Delta (Marla BB & Bill Sims Jr.)
Mercy Dance! (Marla BB & Lafayette Harris Jr.)
Leave Me Blues (Marla BB)
When Love Comes (Marla BB & Lafayette Harris Jr.)
Vindication (Funk Intrumental-Kevin Sharpe)

Favorite Covers;

You Can't Always Get What You Want (Rolling Stones)
You Don't Miss Your Water (William Bell)
Take Me To The River (Al Green)
Some Kind Of Wonderful (Grand Funk Railroad)
Beer Bop Boogie (Koko Taylor)
GoodBye Baby (Ike & Tina Turner)
Love Me With A Feeling (Tampa Red)
Let The Good Times Roll (E.Morre & S.Theard)
Rock Me Baby (B.B.King & Joe Josea)
Sugar In My Bowl (Bessie Smith/Nina Simone)
Tell Me You Love Me (Jessie Mae Hemphill)
Hound Dog (Leiber & Stoller)
Down Home Blues (George Jackson)

1-3, 45 minute to 1 hour sets are standard
shorter or longe