Patricia Kelly Marsh, MD, is a sweet Georgia peach whose allegiance to her
hometown of College Park, GA, runs deep. As a young girl, Patricia developed a
fascination for teaching and science. Determined to make a difference in her
community, Patricia vowed to use her passion for helping others as fuel to push
her toward her goal of becoming a doctor, professor, and now an App Developer. By
launching her new brand platform, ShhParty App, she has introduced a way
for DJs and performers to get paid virtually. "Often ask people, “What’s
your go-to party app?”. Most would say, “I don’t have a party app,” until now!
ShhParty App is a social media entertainment app, aka The Party App, for
everyone. Launching Nov 30th at Atlanta Tech Village rooftop, ShhParty App
Version 2.0 will feature DJs and entertainers worldwide. I created
ShhParty App because my sister, award-winning international jazz artist Gabbie
McGee, was putting go to my CashApp in the comments of her virtual
performances. So I built a platform her fans can give tips while viewing her
performance, virtually and in person. Now any entertainer can get paid WHILE
performing. Did you know I am the first black woman to solely create a
patented Social Media Entertainment platform? As a doctor, I put the heart of a
physician into my platforms. I wanted to create something that would not
exploit social media users’ data for profit but allow them to generate income at no cost using the platform. I wanted to build a platform that could help
anyone around the world increase their income in an entertaining way. And I
want to shift the current social media paradigm from exploitative to economic
empowerment for users." Dr. Patricia Marsh states.
A black woman who is a creator has a powerful gift. What does that gift mean to
Oh, man, that's an excellent question. If you ask a black woman what she does, you should ask that question five more times
because our skill sets are a laundry list of things, and a woman’s power cannot
be limited to just one thing. We get a lot of flak about being the Super Women
and doing everything, but the point to that is just making sure you're cognizant
of when you need your rest and keeping yourself balanced. Therefore, it really
evokes this kind of picture of a powerful woman who can do many things
well, with just a little bit if necessary. Being creative and being a black
woman that creates is just power in itself
Tell me about Background Noise LLC?
Background Noise LLC, I started back in April of 2019, when it became
official. Now the year before that, I was finishing up my residency, and I had
just moved from Los Angeles back home to Atlanta. I wanted to begin creating my invention, so Background Noise was the first app I made. It
was a muse of my ex-boyfriend that kind of sparked the whole thing. It was a
way of expressing my creativity because up until then, I had been immersed in medicine, focused on college, med school, and residency
training. So finally, I had come to a place in my life where I was going to be
able to "do it all." But vainly just being able to exercise my
creativity and inner inventor, a desire that began at a very young
Fast forward, you have created a new app that combines tech and entertainment
together with the Shhh Party app. When you decided to put the creation in motion, what was your go moment?
Oh, man. It was definitely the day that I returned to the city of Atlanta on
July 1, 2017. I was getting my residency and board certification in family
medicine, so I had no time to do any of these creative works. But God…He is so mysterious because even while I was doing my medical training and becoming more adept in that world, I had all these creative thoughts. I wanted to finally get the ideas I had written on paper manifested. Becoming
an inventor was extremely important to me and was my life goal: to die
empty, die having invented all of my ideas. Because at the core of any
invention I have, there is the physician's heart where it's to
improve or better someone else's life. And so that was my go moment, July 1, 2017. I was like, It's time to go... I didn’t have to turn in any homework or
work long hours in the hospital, and I had no 24-hour calls, I had the time and
opportunity to finally manifest my ideas.
How did your sister inspire you while creating the Shhh Party
My sister Gabby McGee, is an International Jazz artist, and she has been my
inspiration for creativity within the party app. Over the pandemic, I had a
kind of primitive form of the party app, but it didn't have the economic empowerment needed yet. Until my sister did a show online
during the pandemic, and she put to go to my cash app in her post. I was like, if
they are going to your cash app, then they are not watching your show anymore.
At that moment, I was like, I can do something here. I can make it so that they can get sown seeds from their audience, and their audience could
stay there and watch an amazing show. So I added that to my party app. That's
how she was my inspiration for starting to get those monetization features for
entertainers using the app.
You are the first black woman to solely create an app like this. What have you
learned about the industry and yourself during this journey?
I did not go to school for technology. My connection to technology is my dad
was a computer engineer when I was growing up. So we had computers, we had the
latest technologies to kind of play with, and that gave me this. I love technology, but I didn't know how to build it, but that didn't stop me. And
that doesn't stop anyone who really wants to be in technology or make a
platform. God will supply you with all of your needs. Everyone that I've met
during this journey, all of the experts, all of my developers, and all of my
mentors, they are my tech experts. They are all in awe at someone outside of tech,
in medicine, well into medicine, thats coming into this environment with such
innovation, and so I definitely learned that. You do not need to have it all. Your
dream can come true. You just have to have that faith and trust. And keep
putting one foot in front of the other.
Now, tell us how performers and entertainers can get onto the app if they want
to be able to utilize the service? What is that process for them?
My goal was to make
it easy and free because I come from a background of being on government
assistance and lunch programs, and I knew how important it was to create a tool
that could make some money for an artist. A simple one-step to you get started.
All they have to have to do is download a party app, that's Shh Party app, from
your app store. Make a profile, just like you do any other social media
platform, and then they can put up their performances, upload an mp3 playlist
or upload a video. Users can mirror their youtube content or go live.
So you don't even have to be seen. You can just engage the listener and the
audience. I wanted it to have all those options so that it could be dynamic, as dynamic as the artists I know will find the Shh Party app extremely useful.
Now you just don't just have a dynamic vision for entertainment and music but for
Healthcare as well. Tell us how you want healthcare to evolve moving forward.
Yes, that is called a team. Leaders are no good if they do not have a team
around them for support, encouragement, working, and grinding with you. You
really have to lean into having that team around you and those people around
you, I would not have gotten this far with any of my platforms or endeavors without
my family. My family is my first team. My dad, sister, brothers, and husband all
support me 100,000%. And they have been there since the beginning. Make sure that you have people around you who can hold you up and help you
throughout your journey.
LS: What next as you build your empire?
Well, get ready, world, because Shh Party app is about to take over. We are
shifting this paradigm of social media platforms, taking your information, and
getting profits from it to now those profits will come back to you. So the
biggest thing that is to come from the party app is these innovative ways to
get money back into the hands of our users. We don't want it to be a unilateral
relationship. And I already foresee the businesses that will make it
long, long term is those businesses that can create and generate money for
their customers. And so that is the biggest thing up and coming will be having
shows all around the United States going to the hottest club in LA, New York,
Chicago, Miami, Houston Vegas. We're going to hit up those cities' first big music and entertainment cities, have real live shows from there and have
people engaged through the app from all over the world.
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