Marsha grew up in Highland Park, MI, the daughter of legendary pre-Motown record producer, Joe Von Battle.
She’s a self-described “primordial Detroiter, and for many years has written about the city’s music and its past and future. She’s a noted presenter and has contributed to important anthologies, narratives and an HBO documentary.
She was awarded a 2012 Kresge Literary Arts Fellowship, and received accolades for her One Woman Show, Live On Hastings Street! She is working on a documentary film about her father’s record shop, with veteran Detroit film-maker Juanita Anderson.
Marsha lives in historic Lafayette Park, Detroit, and is married to the artist David Philpot.