Marina Pendleton is a Texas-born, Oklahoma-raised, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a versatile musician and entertainer who picks folk music on guitar, chops bluegrass mandolin, and plays Texas fiddle tunes with equal joy and passion. Marina’s debut album is a Western Swing love letter to the fearless, the free spirit, and the hopeless romantic. “I Don’t Want Money EP” is produced by Jenee Fleenor and will be released in October 2022.
Marina picked up her first (tiny) fiddle at age two and began studying the Suzuki Violin method. A few years later, fiddling legend Jana Jae discovered Marina and her sister Emma Jane, and with Ms. Jae's encouragement, dad Scott dusted off his guitar, mom Virginia picked up mandolin, and together they formed the Pendleton Family Fiddlers.
Marina's love of music flourished during eight busy years of performing with her family band. She sang, played mandolin and fiddle, and performed nearly 600 live shows before graduating high school. Highlights from those years include performing at galas honoring Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, and Toby Keith, playing onstage with Lyle Lovett, Mark O'Connor, and Byron Berline, and making many TV appearances, local and national. Marina also won state fiddle titles in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado, and placed in the top 2 at the 2008 Walnut Valley National Old Time Fiddle Championship in Winfield, KS.
Marina studied classical violin for over 18 years and played first violin in her university orchestra. She played the FIDDLE part in Front Porch Theatricals' professional production of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's bluegrass musical Bright Star in Pittsburgh during the 2019 season. She won the Bluegrass Fiddle division at the 84th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, VA in August 2019; played fiddle in the 2019 IBMA band showcase; placed in the top 3 at the Walnut Valley Old Time Fiddle Championship in Winfield, KS in September 2019; and earned runner-up at the Texas State Fiddle Championship in November 2019. In 2021, she was selected as one of the original Freshgrass Festival Awards top 3 Fiddle Finalists.
Marina is currently a full-time entertainer and songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. Follow Marina on Instagram @marinapendletonmusic, and join the mailing list to be the first to know about new video releases and upcoming shows! Contact Marina directly for bookings.