Niagara Gazette — DeFranco, who has owned The Topper since it reopened a year and a half ago, describes the club as “a jewel in the crown of Niagara Falls.” He said the food and events draw crowds from as far away as Toronto or Pennsylvania and the club is of such a style that it will really authenticate the Etta James experience.
“It’s like I’ve found my niche, people say, ‘I’ve heard you sing all your life, but I’ve never heard you sing like this. I’m ready to take this on the road and record it once I get permission,” McWilson said. “A soul singer is a person who is singing their emotions out of their heart. So I just embodied this woman and I just go crazy, and the people go crazy when they hear the songs.”
The McWilson family will also have a role in the show. Her 12-year-old son Cameron McWilson will be performing Michael Jackson songs from the Jackson Five era. Her 15-year-old son Jayden will also make an appearance.
Her husband, Howard McWilson, is the manager. Marsha gives him credit for being so active in the lives of their children which allows her to spend some time traveling and performing on the road.
While she keeps busy doing her Etta James routine, planning a new album and taking her talent to the road, Marsha is actively booking appointments for weddings, shows or other events. She can be reached at 579-0912. Her “Etta James Review” at The Topper will take place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, the club is located at 492 19th St. There is a $10 cover charge at the door.
“Marsha McWilson is a perfect fit at the topper,” DeFranco said. “It’s exactly what we look for, high quality, high energy, highly professional musical presentations. We’re happy to have her.”