Charity effort falls flat for singer from the Valley

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PHOENIX -- She's been a contestant on P. Diddy's Starmaker on MTV, performed in front of thousands, graced the covers of magazines and appeared on numerous television stations, including 3TV.

Marissa Renee Shipp, who suffered a serious burn as a child, hoped to use her new-found star power to raise money for an Arizona Children's Burn Camp - Camp Courage - which she attended last year.

“So I wrote a song called 'Follow Your Dreams' for Camp Courage,” Shipp said.

Marissa used a popular website called Tunecore to digitally distribute her single to download sites like iTunes.

She tells 3 On Your Side she planned to donate 100 percent of the proceeds to Camp Courage, and expected to make hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.

But 10 months and tons of publicity later, Tunecore shows her single has earned less than $50.

Marissa says that's impossible so she asked 3 On Your Side to look into it.

“It means a lot to me, it means a lot to the kids and to think that this could be a scam is just, it hurts to take that away from them,” Shipp said.

But Tunecore is adamant: it is no scam.

When 3 On Your Side contacted the Brooklyn-based business, its president, Jeff Price immediately researched Marissa's download records, and tells us:

“The number is accurate according to the accounting statements received from all the digital stores she had her music go to. In 2009, TuneCore Artists earned over $26 million in music sales. Marisa is the only TuneCore Artist out of tens of thousands that is making the claim that the accounting statements from every digital store are inaccurate.”

Shipp, however, remains convinced she's sold more downloads, but has no way to prove it.

So, for right now she'll have a $47 check to donate to the burn camp in June, a lot less than she had hoped to give.

“It would mean the world to me to be able to show them like, look, look at this, this is great here's $1,000,” Shipp said. “That means burn survivors who couldn't attend last year, there's more room for them.”

Donate to Camp Courage and the Foundation for Burns and Trauma.