Marcella Puppini

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Marcella Puppini
Born Bologna, Italy
Genres A cappella, pop, jazz, close harmony, swing, Alternative rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, record producer
Years active 1999–present
Labels UCJ (UK), Verve (U.S.)
Associated acts The Puppini Sisters

Marcella Puppini (born in Bologna, Italy) is a singer-songwriter.[1] She is the founder of The Puppini Sisters,[2] a radio presenter on Shoreditch Radio, an orchestra conductor and the lead singer of Marcella and The Forget Me Nots.


Marcella Puppini started playing the piano at age five, and hoped to become an opera singer. At the age of 18, having completed her A levels in Classics (Ancient Greek, Latin, Italian Literature and Art History), Puppini moved to London to study at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Having graduated in fashion, Puppini went on to become Accessories Production Manager at Vivienne Westwood Studios, but kept her side career as a singer in clubs all around London.

Her first band was called Dead Sex Kitten. Puppini guested on Rich B’s song "Revolution".[3] She also performed in her own name in the jazz and cabaret scene both in the UK and in Italy.

In 1999, she left the fashion world and embarked on a degree course at Trinity College of Music, where she graduated in Jazz Performance and Composition.[4]

In 2004, Puppini created a new group called the Puppini Sisters: a close-harmony trio inspired by the sister groups of the ‘30s and ‘40s.[5] The Puppini Sisters debut album, Betcha Bottom Dollar[6] (UCJ, 2006), was awarded a Gold disc in the UK.[4][7][8]

Puppini became involved in the alternative performance art scene. She worked with Marisa Carnesky on Ghost Train, with Paloma Faith in 2005, with The Whoopee Club as musical Director, and with Duckie.

She later founded Marcella and The Forget Me Nots.[9] The band’s first official release came out in January 2010, as part of Twisted Cabaret, a part-audio, part-video compilation curated by French label Volvox. Marcella and The Forget Me Nots changed formation in 2010 to become an indie-art-punk-Weimar inspired band, and released Born Beautiful in 2011.

Puppini has also been working as a regular guest conductor for the Russian jazz big band, The Georgy Garanian Big Band, formerly known as the Russian State Big Band. She has performed in Moscow, and also in Siberia and in Izhevsk as part of a Tchaikovsky festival.

In May 2013, Puppini was nominated as the Mayoress of Camden.[10][11]

In 2015, Marcella Puppini released Everything Is Beautiful, her first solo album of original material, which she describes as "electro vintage, because it’s not just electro swing, it’s a mixture of different vintage styles interpreted with an electronic sound."

At the same time, she released two singles in the UK, one of which was a collaboration with R.A. The Rugged Man, called The Greatest[12]


  1. ^ "Vintage Life Magazine 56 July 15". July 2015. 
  2. ^ Holden, Stephen (31 May 2007). "MUSIC REVIEW; A Trio Winks at the 1940s And Nods at Today's Tunes". The New York Times. p. 5. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "INTERVIEW: London DJ and Producer, Rich B talks to JemmOne's Phil Marriott!". Jemmone. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Thrills, Adrian (22 December 2011). "Why the swinging Puppini Sisters have become the crooner's favourite trio". Mail Online. London. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Berson, Misha (August 21, 2007). "Pardon me boy, do you like to jive?". Seattle Times. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Lewis, Catherine (24 August 2007). "THE PUPPINI SISTERS "Betcha Bottom Dollar" Verve". The Washington Post. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Look back, go ahead -". Vogue. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Sisters make chart history". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Marcella & The Forget Me Nots interview • "I love the camaraderie of working with women"". Wears The Trousers magazine. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "INTERVIEW: Marcella Puppini introduces 'The Mayoress Presents'". Run Riot. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Mayor of Camden names Amy Winehouse Foundation his 'charity of the year'". NME. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Traversi, Gian Aldo (7 October 2015). "Il Resto del Carlino". 

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