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Marina Gennadievna Verenikina has written songs since early childhood.

Marina Gennadievna Verenikina was born in Soviet Russia to a Communist nuclear physicist father and a child psychologist mother. She grew up singing in Moscow; she made up her own melodies before she could talk. She considers herself an American now, but before her story of immigration unfolded Marina attended a school of music every evening after regular school. Marina won a prestigious scholarship at 15 to study in America for a year and then permanently moved to the U.S. by herself at 17. Somewhere between visa issues, a few odd jobs, missing her family, playing ice hockey and attending college in Illinois, Marina began pursuing her musical dreams by touring and self-releasing her music.

Marina V. recently visited the music department at the University of Arizona and talked with Luis CarriĆ³n about her remarkable roots, her music, and her life as an immigrant.

Marina Gennadievna Verenikina has written songs since early childhood.