Name: Whitney Marshall a.k.a. Sympli Whitney
From: Framingham, MA
Whitney Marshall a.k.a. Sympli Whitney was born in Springfield, MA in 1976 and raised in Framingham, MA by her two loving parents Benjamin and Lucy Marshall; both devout Christians and ordained Baptist ministers, Whitney's vocal journey started early as a young gospel alto in various church choirs from middle school through college.
During her college years she became more confident in her performance abilities after landing lead female vocals for an up and coming funk band out of Indiana known as The Big Bang Theory. It was in this period of time Whitney began to really show her first true signs of greatness, performing alongside George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelics at Ball State University was the highlight of this time for Sympli Whitney.
After college Whitney joined the work force which led her to an interest in criminal justice. This eagerness to learn found Whitney enlisting in the US Army in 2002 and living abroad for several years before being honorably discharged after suffering an injury while in S. Korea in 2006. Upon return to her family's home in Framingham, Whitney, again driven by her love for helping people, followed a career path in human services, adolescent healthcare, mental health and healthcare administration in which she holds an MBA. All while actively singing lead/co-lead female vocals in a variety of local bands around the Boston area such as Mystique, Nemisis, E-Water Band, David Eure and Friends and Four Women: A Tribute to Nina Simone; all this led to forming her own band, perfectly named SYMPLI WHITNEY.
Fast forwarding to the present, Sympli Whitney continues to win fans all over around the world with her soulful voice. Landing on several international charts, such as the UK Top 30 Soul Chart, early January 2016's release of her freshman album Ryze of the Phoenix, would spark a fire that would not dim for almost 8 months! With powerful remixes like The Best, bouncy tunes like Fresh Luv and captivating nostalgic beats pounding you out of your seat like what Can't Get Enuff made us all do....it is no wonder Sympli didn't slow on the charts for some time! And... who can forget the internationally viewed introduction of Sympli Whitney on BET's APOLLO LIVE season 2 which aired on September 26th, 2014 where she received accolades from the legendary Gladys Knight, Boston's own Michael Bivins and the incomparable Doug E. Fresh! Favorite Artists: Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Janelle Monae, Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, TLC, Bruno Mars, Jasmine Sullivan, and Mint Condition.
She is a faithful listener of The New 97.7 and we are pleased to make honor her as our Woman Of The Week!
Whitney's Song Pick: Michael Jackson - "Liberian Girl"
Congratulations to Whitney, our New 97.7 Woman Of The Week!
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