A touching and inspirational tribute song launched in November 2013, just before the one year anniversary of the tragedy at . , a 12-year-old singer from debuted the original song titled "The Sun Shines in Heaven", a tribute song to honor the victims and their families in .
Prior to the incident, Marissa's Dad Jim Wendt had an idea about writing a song to help parents cope with the loss of a child. Before Jim was born, his brother JB died when he was five. Jim experienced his Mom's anguish and depression long after this personal tragedy. With some encouragement from his wife MaryAnne, Jim started writing a song hoping that music could help grieving parents. While on a flight to , Jim wrote some lyrics on a napkin: "Rise up from tragedy. Gotta move on. Find your strength to carry on. To honor a soul, seize the day. Cherish the memories, love life today." These words were the catalyst for this song, and ultimately became the chorus.
Marissa has been singing and acting since she was 4 years old.
She recently recorded her first live studio recording at 17th Street Records of her favorite Corinne Bailey Rae song "Trouble Sleeping" . In 2013 Marissa recorded and released her first single, an original song she co-wrote with her dad called "The Sun Shines in Heaven", a touching inspirational Sandy Hook tribute song.
She started baking in 2011 and launched her own show on YouTube called SugarNomsTV where she shares baking recipes and techniques. Her favorite moments include sharing her goodies with Janelle So on Kababyan Today and dining in Hell's Kitchen and meeting Chef Gordon Ramsay.
She enjoys spending time with her friends and listening to music in her room with her two cats.
Marissa also enjoys shooting outdoors with her Canon 70D and editing video.
Marissa was accepted into the Integrated Arts Conservatory at Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) in 2014 and is currently a 7th grader.
Her resume is available at Marissa-Angelina.com.
Awards: Winner of Chef Zov's Kids Chef Search, 2013
Representation: Stage 9 / DDO Artists Agency (323) 460-6006