I began playing piano at age 5 because my mom bribed me to go to
classes with food. At 10 I began to sing random songs about
everything. I joined a professional children’s choir when I was 12, so
I could stop taking piano lessons. At age 15 I found my dad’s old
guitar and taught myself to play behind the safety of my closed closet
door. I opened my eyes to the Truth at 16 and gave my life to Christ.
At 17 I started sharing songs I wrote and discovered I wasn’t the only
one who felt a certain way. When 18 came around I doubted my musical
abilities and decided music was only going to be a hobby. Now at age
19 my song is on iTunes. My music is the melody line of trials I had
and how they guided me to place my hope in an amazing God that had a
plan for me even before I knew He existed.
I've been involved with Orangehaus Records since 2010 as a songwriter, producer, singer, and Vice President. My passion is for music and the creative process, and how that relates to people, God, and our communities. I enjoy writing songs inspired by different cultures, and I think it's fascinating to creatively explore how others see the world. Most of my songs are focused on a particular geographic location, anywhere from the rainforests of Costa Rica, to the Italian countryside, to the riverfront skyline of my beloved hometown, St. Louis. I have a strong belief that Orangehaus is something special that can impact people’s lives and the way they experience and interact with the music business. I’m always happy to help Orangehaus find it’s unique identity and accomplish its goals, whether that be through vision and direction, songwriting, production, or artist relations.
My name is Marissa Haskins and I am a senior here at Anderson University graduating this May with a degree in Exercise Science! I’m a small town farm girl who grew up in northern Illinois with my parents and two younger sisters. Raised in a loving Christian home, my relationship with Christ is first and foremost. All that He has blessed me with I only want to glorify Him in return. Whether I’m participating in sports or worship leading I would not have those experiences without His blessings. Music proved to be a different outlet and passion than other hobbies. It is how I come before my Father in the most intimate and vulnerable way. It simply cannot be replaced. My past holds many lessons and memories that I wouldn’t trade for the world. Even with my next steps unknown, I can take music with me anywhere. It’s a comfort that I won’t take for granted.