Lizzie Marvelly

Lizzie Marvelly
Birth name Elizabeth Lillian Marvelly
Born (1989-07-05) 5 July 1989
Rotorua, New Zealand
Origin Auckland, New Zealand
Genres Classical crossover, operatic pop, pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 2006–present

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Lillian Marvelly (born 5 July 1989), is a singer/songwriter, writer and editor from Rotorua, New Zealand. She is best known for her career as a classical crossover vocalist and her many performances of the New Zealand national anthem at rugby games.


Marvelly attended Rotorua Girls' High School, before she was awarded a senior scholarship at King's College, Auckland.[1] She is of Te Arawa heritage, and is related to entertainer Howard Morrison, who was her maternal grandfather's best friend.[2]

Classical career

Her debut album was released under her full name, Elizabeth Marvelly, 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 [3] the album went to number 8 after going gold in five days. On the album Marvelly sings songs taken from a range of different genres and includes two original pieces. Her song "When You Are Sad" was reportedly written after a recent case of child abuse in her hometown Rotorua shocked the nation.[4]

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 Chart[5] on debut. As it was released on 21 February 2011, one day before the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, Marvelly announced that she would be donating a portion of record sales to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.

Pop career

In 2012, Marvelly sang as part of Flight of the Conchords supergroup charity single "Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)". The song reached number one in the New Zealand charts.[6]

In 2013, Marvelly announced that she would be pursue a pop career, as she had become dissatisfied with her classical crossover career, and also wanted to sing her own compositions. Marvelly told the New Zealand Herald, "I just thought music is my life and if it's going to be my life long-term, then it has to be music that I actually love everything about."[7]

In January 2014, Marvelly launched her pop career, now using the name Lizzie Marvelly. Her first pop single, "Generation Young" was also released in January, with her EP Collisions released in July, peaking at number 14 on the charts.[8]

In August 2015, Marvelly released her first single with New Zealand hip hop legend P-Money. Entitled 'Made For You', the song featured in kiwi hip hop film 'Born To Dance'. In October the same year Marvelly released a remix of 'Made For You' featuring Kiwi hip hop star K.One.

Live performances

Since 2006, Marvelly has performed in a number of high-profile concerts in New Zealand, supporting artists such as Sir Howard Morrison, Dame Malvina Major and Amici Forever star Geoff Sewell. She also supported Paul Potts on his New Zealand and Australian tour in 2008, later joining him on further international dates.[9]

Marvelly is also well known in New Zealand for her performances singing the New Zealand national anthem at rugby test matches in New Zealand and abroad.[7] She sang New Zealand's national anthem at the 2011 NRL Grand Final as it was contested by the New Zealand Warriors.


In May 2015, Marvelly launched an online media site called Villainesse.[10] In September that year Marvelly launched the first Villainesse project, "#MyBodyMyTerms"[11] a global campaign to spark conversation about sexual violence, victim-blaming, revenge porn and consent. Since January 2016, she has had a regular column in the New Zealand Herald where she comments on social issues.[12]



Year Title Details Peak chart
2007 Elizabeth Marvelly
  • Released: 3 December 2007
  • Label: EMI Music New Zealand
2009 Home
  • Released: 21 February 2011
  • Label: EMI Music New Zealand
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Title Details Peak chart
2014 Collisions
  • Released: 4 July 2014
  • Label: Marvellous Music
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2014 "Generation Young" Collisions EP
"My Own Hero"
2015 "Made for You" Non-album single
"Team, Ball, Player, Thing"
(#KiwisCureBatten featuring Lorde, Kimbra, Brooke Fraser, et al.)
Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


In 2007, Marvelly won the New Zealand Variety Artists Club's Rising Star Award.[16]

In 2013 and 2014, Marvelly was a semi-finalist of the International Songwriting Competition for her songs 'Generation Young'[17] and 'Collisions'.

In 2015, Marvelly was a finalist of the Wintec Press Club's Best Writer in New Zealand Award.[18]


  1. Hewitson, Michele (12 July 2014). "Michele Hewitson interview: Lizzie Marvelly". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  2. Kara, Scott (22 June 2013). "Elizabeth Marvelly: Singing to her own tune". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  3. RIANZ album chart 10/12/2007
  6. "Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That) feat. Guest Artists". Amplifier. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  7. 1 2 Kara, Scott (22 June 2013). "Elizabeth Marvelly: Singing to her own tune". NZ Herald. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  8. Weber, Adriana (11 January 2014). "Interview: Lizzie Marvelly". Rotorua Daily Post. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  9. "Elizabeth Marvelly Reunites With Paul Potts For Huge Taiwan Concert". Amplifier. Amplifier Holdings Ltd. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  12. Lizzie Marvelly: Teens are having sex and watching porn - deal with it, New Zealand Herald, 9 January 2016
  13. 1 2 "ELIZABETH MARVELLY IN NEW ZEALAND CHARTS". Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  14. "Gold and platinum New Zealand albums to 2013". Te Ara. Encyclopedia of NZ. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  15. "LIZZIE MARVELLY IN NEW ZEALAND CHARTS". Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 August 2014.
  16. "The Pat McMinn Rising Star Award". Variety Artists Club of New Zealand. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
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