“Awkward” Marina Sneider is a New-York-based musical mess. Her eclectic sound combines quirky electronic beats with singer-songwriter sensibilities, Broadway-inspired theatricality, and emotionally-raw lyrics. (Or sometimes, odd time signatures and cathartic screaming, when she’s feeling particularly awkward.) Performing frequently in the NYC area, Marina is a skilled singer and electronic producer, and plays the ukulele, piano, and flute.
Marina's internet presence has been growing since 2012, amassing over 29,000 YouTube subscribers, and over 180,000 followers on TikTok. As a teenager, she quickly rose to fandom-fame after writing songs about the show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. To this day, her fan-song “Entropy” has been streamed over nine-million times.
Now 26, Marina has switched from fan music to real TV work: Since 2015, she has been on the songwriting team for Nickelodeon's hit show “ALVIN!!! And The Chipmunks”. Her other work for television includes Dawn’s long-running “It Gets Better At Dawn” ad campaign, in which a duckling is saved from an oil spill and given a much-needed Dawn soap bath. Other commercial work includes Wawa's 2019 Hoagiefest ad campaign, Save-A-Lot's "Like, A Lot A Lot", and original acapella-pop song "Crazy Kids", which was featured in an ad for feminist app "The Whole Story".
Marina's overall mission as a musician (ooh that rhymes!!) is to help others like her feel less alone. Her personal music focuses on themes of mental health, neurodivergence, queerness, and self-acceptance. She has released three full-length pop albums: “Crushed Creations” (2016), “Awkward Marina” (2018), and “I Don’t Wanna Be Famous” (2020). She continues to write for television and commercials, and is planning to release two more albums in 2023.