CONNECT TO ROSEWATER
2012 - Present
A SHOTGUN WEDDING
Rosewater is an American-Rock n' Roll band with beginnings in rural Wisconsin. The band is fronted by brothers, Chauncey and Darrell Marrier, who recently recorded their self-titled debut project.
The album was mixed by Vance Powell (Jack White, Kings of Leon) and showcases various sounds and inspirations from another time, specifically the Great Depression, drawing on literary classics of proletarian novelists such as John Steinbeck, Erskine Caldwell and Sara Gruen.
The repertoire is based on the life odyssey of a young couple, the mostly innocent Violet and her ne’er-do-well love interest, complete with an Act-One shotgun wedding at the hands of Violet’s infuriated father.
To support the concept album, Rosewater plays themed live shows surrounding the “shotgun wedding reception” including lead vocalists Jenika Marion and Darrell Marrier acting out their roles as part of the storyline. To further set the stage, the band asks audience members to come dressed for the occasion.
In a related twist, the band also requests guests to bring “wedding gifts” in the form of items for homeless veterans, a cause they have served well for the past two years through their Hands Foundation.
Rosewater’s commitment to the homeless veterans began with their partnership (with Minnesota-based veteran Tom McKenna and his organization called Help-A-Vet) to collect items during the cold seasons in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
There are many as many as 76,000 homeless veterans on the street on any given night in America and upwards of 200,000 total in the United States. They have recently expanded the work to Nashville, TN where they are working with local homeless shelter Room In The Inn, hoping to provide goods and services needed to fight the national Nashville’s homelessness. Room In The Inn currently houses upwards of 60 homeless veterans in their facility.
In the future The Hands Foundation, Rosewater, and Help-A-Vet hope to continue their work by helping the homeless veterans find permanent housing and jobs. This goal is already becoming a reality.
“Rosewater combines acting and music for a unique live show performance. The brothers (Darrell and Chauncey) have shown a real commitment to helping people in need, especially for homeless veterans across the country.”
Operation Stand Down Nashville, Inc.
Retired Lieutenant Colonel, US ARMY
“We are so thankful for the hard work that our friends Darrell and Chauncey Marrier put into supporting our mission. Their "Shotgun Wedding" event raised much-needed funds, but also increased awareness of the issue of homelessness. People had the opportunity to connect with our work in a fun and creative way, and we look forward to the long-lasting impact of these new relationships that they helped to create.”
Room In The Inn
"Not only are the Marrier brothers amazing musicians, their foundation work is just as impressive . When I flew up to see their operation for the first time, I immediately wanted to work with them. I've had the privilege to work with some of the biggest names in popular music, but in terms of commitment to helping others through their music, there may be none bigger than Darrell, Chauncey and the entire Marrier family."