Not too many 20-year-olds have already married their high school sweethearts but Marissa Shipp is used to standing out. At 15, Marissa got a job so she could pay for the voice lessons she so desperately wanted. Now, she's busy juggling her ambitions with the reality of being the primary breadwinner for her family. Marissa says her husband, James, is her main inspiration because he never let any obstacles get in the way of his dream of playing basketball. Armed with her own self-confidence and her husband's loving support, Marissa wants this competition to help her improve her skills as a singer and songwriter -- and to help her connect to music that she hasn't written.