Monday, June 16, 2014

Independent Recording Artist Marina V Tours U.S. In Her Prius (and Gets Sponsorship From Toyota)

Moscow-born award-winning recording artist Marina V is embarking on a 7-week coast-to-coast U.S. Summer Tour (called The C Minor To Shining Sea Tour) in her Toyota Prius.

The Los Angeles-based singer and her husband/co-writer and guitarist, Nick Baker, have mapped out, booked and organized the national tour entirely on their own.

They enlisted help from fans, many of whom are financing and hosting several of the shows.
Toyota Santa Monica is partially sponsoring the tour, which will take Marina and Nick on an 8,500 mile 25-concert journey across the United States. They will visit National Parks, historical landmarks, and will be making a documentary along the way.

This kind of tour is extremely unusual, as independent artists like Marina don't have the big-moneyed marketing machine of the record industry behind them. By being smart and crowdsourcing, Marina V is managing to pull it off.

"I am extremely grateful to my incredible fans for helping out with this tour.
They're helping us organize the shows, getting us places to stay, publicizing the tour and even helping us make the new tour tshirts!" comments Marina, whose last few albums have been sponsored by her worldwide fanbase (she raised almost $30,000 via her website,, for her new album, INNER SUPERHERO.)

Toyota Santa Monica is partially sponsoring the tour of the environmentally-conscious husband & wife duo.

"Nick & I are very excited to have Toyota Santa Monica sponsoring a part of this tour," says the red-headed singer/songwriter, a recent recipient of The LA Music Critic Award and an international award from Sir Bob Geldof.

"Being that we're touring in our Prius, we thought it would be a cool idea (and a perfect match!) to contact Toyota. Toyota Santa Monica jumped onboard," Marina adds.

"Nick & I have played over 700 concerts worldwide, but this will be our longest tour so far. We are really thrilled about it, and excited to see parts of the U.S. we have not yet seen. And I feel very lucky to have such love and support from my listeners and to be living my dream."

The tour started in Pasadena on June 7th and will take Marina and Nick through 24 states. It will include several unusual venues such as wineries, living rooms, libraries and even a church. The Tour Wrap Party will be held in the heart of Hollywood at The Record Parlour, a vintage record store with a stage.

Saturday 7-Jun Pasadena, CA
Sunday 8-Jun Las Vegas, NV
Friday 13-Jun Fresno, CA
Saturday 14-Jun Oakland, CA
Tuesday 17-Jun Eureka, CA
Friday 20-Jun Eugene, OR
Saturday 21-Jun Shelton, WA
Sunday 22-Jun Spokane, WA
Saturday 28-Jun Gateway, CO
Tuesday 1-Jul Iowa City, IA
Saturday 5-Jul Jacksonville, IL
Sunday 6-Jul Chicago, IL
Tuesday 8-Jul Fairfax, VA
Wednesday 9-Jul Washington, DC
Thursday 10-Jul Washington, DC
Friday 11-Jul Baltimore, MD
Saturday 12-Jul Souderton, PA
Monday 14-Jul New York, NY
Friday 18-Jul Boston, MA
Monday 21-Jul Albany, NY
Friday 25-Jul Springfield, IL
Saturday 26-Jul Lenexa, KS
Sunday 27-Jul Brush, CO
Saturday 2-Aug Los Angeles, CA
Sunday 3-Aug San Diego, CA

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About Marina V:
Marina V is an award-winning Russian-American recording pop artist, singer and songwriter with a "hauntingly beautiful" voice (LA TIMES). Classically trained in her hometown of Moscow, Marina has been singing and writing songs since she was a child. She won a prestigious scholarship and came to America at 15 to pursue her American Dream. Marina has released several albums since and, together with her husband/co-writer, Nick Baker, has played over 700 shows worldwide (from the famed Kodak Theatre in Hollywood to the American Embassy in Moscow.) She's recorded with legendary producers such as Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith), co-written with Grammy & Emmy winners and platinum-selling artists, has written multiple songs for films, video games, ads such as PEPSI, has had her songs on NBC, CBS, SONY, Oprah Winfrey Network, Lifetime and The National Geographic, among others. She is a recent recipient of The Los Angeles Music Critic Award, a Rullywood Award and an award from Sir Bob Geldof. Based in Los Angeles, the environmentally-conscious cultural ambassador is getting ready to release her new album, INNER SUPERHERO.

About Toyota Santa Monica:
Toyota Santa Monica is proud to be an ardent supporter of the Santa Monica community and environment.

Management: Greg Lewerke
213 706 8064

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