Elizabeth Marvelly knew from a very young age that she wanted to perform. The talented “popera” singer was hand-picked and moulded by several of New Zealand's most celebrated performers, including the man who masterminded the early careers of her international contemporaries Hayley Westenra and Yulia Townsend.
Elizabeth was virtually born into the business, her parents Brett and Vlasta Marvelly innkeepers at Rotorua’s majestic Princes Gate Hotel – a historic boutique hotel built in 1897 and frequented by a who’s who of personalities in their 21 years of ownership. Having started playing piano at age four, Elizabeth has fond memories of jazz great Dr Jazz (Dr Neil McKenzie) staying at the hotel and she sitting on his knee for a jam session on the grand piano.
Over the years, a stream of musicians, entertainers and personalities have made their way to the hotel and have been a valuable resource on which this young performer has been able to grow. Rock bands, musical theatre icons and rugby hero Jonah Lomu have given her inspiration to follow her dreams. She has sung for the Prime Minister and Governor General.
Throughout her young life, Elizabeth has always strove to put her best foot forward in all endeavours.
It was a dedicated girl who at thirteen drove with her father three hours from Rotorua to Auckland every Sunday for singing lessons. This kind of dedication has become a huge part of Elizabeth’s life and has allowed her to follow her dreams of becoming a professional singer to the highest level.
Her debut album was released on 3 December 2007 in New Zealand, and on 31 March 2008 in Australia. The self-titled pop-classical album was produced by Carl Doy. In its first week in the New Zealand charts the album went to number 8 after going gold in five days.
Marvelly's second album, "Home", was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Nick Patrick. Featuring the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and a duet with Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts it went to Number Six on the Official New Zealand Music Charts and Number One on the New Zealand Marbecks Charts on debut.
In late 2007, Marvelly won the New Zealand Variety Artists Club's Rising Star Award. - Wikipedia