Virginia Marcs says her debut album, “Climbing the Wall,” sprung from “a pretty long period of darkness in my personal life.” The NYC singer/songwriter shares that it was written “from that place before you are on the other side of the wall but you’re realizing all the obstacles and the sadness — it was almost like wallowing.”
Her new single finds her flipping the script, as she describes it. “I Need You,” which premieres here before its official Nov. 18 release, is about “being open and just forgiving and having hope for the future.”
Marcs will perform a free single-release show on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Rockwood Music Hall on the Lower East Side, where she’ll be joined by bandmates Joe Pepe (Dirty Wings, Kabina) on lead guitar, drummer Keith Malonis (Ruderals, Assassination Plot) and bassist Ali Derie (Redux, Spacejump). Audience members that show up for the 45-minute set will also get a download of “I Need You.”
The new track will be included on a new EP, which is in the works.
Marcs is a member of the Astoria Music Collective in Queens.
Originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, the musician moved to New York to pursue opera singing. “I did it for a while, and then I was just not feeling it,” she says.
A job at a jazz club led to her leading a swing jazz band, which she did for five or six years. Then, on Marcs’ 30th birthday, her sister sent her a gift that had been sitting on her Amazon wishlist “for years”: a guitar. “It came, and it really was right,” she says.
Virginia Marcs will perform at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1 (196 Allen St., New York, NY 10002) on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. Free.