Australia's beloved musical treasure Marcia Hines, with a career spanning four decades has released 22 albums, selling 2.6 million copies and has garnered countless chart-topping singles and multi-platinum records.
Marcia is an inspiration to women and Australians everywhere, constantly reinventing herself and setting industry benchmarks; moving from Boston Massachusetts to Sydney at just 16 to star in the Australian production of 'Hair', being the first black woman to star in 'Jesus Christ Superstar' and advocating ceaselessly for diabetes.
Australian Idol's favourite judge for the show's seven consecutive years. Marcia was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007 and received the Order of Australia (AM) in 2009 for her services to the Australian Entertainment Industry as a performer, judge and mentor and to the community through a range of charitable organisations.
The legendary former 'Queen of Pop' shows no sign of slowing down. The face of Foxtel Smooth and on a hiatus from starring in the global smash hit burlesque, discotheque musical 'VELVET', Marcia is currently touring Australia with her new show 'Disco Inferno'.
Here are just a few highlights of Marcia’s amazing career:
1. Marcia moved from Boston to Sydney at just 16 to star in the Australian production of Hair, after lying about her age. She was the youngest person in the world to star in Hair, doing it all whilst pregnant with her daughter Deni.
2. Marcia is managed by showbiz veteran Peter Rix, who spearheaded the early ARIAs, and has managed the soul diva for four decades in 2014.
3. Marcia’s debut album Marcia Shines became the biggest selling album by an Australian female artist in 1975.
4. Marcia is the first Australian female artist to have seven consecutive Top 20 album releases.
5. Marcia is the only judge to be retained for every season of Australian Idol from 2003 to 2009 – proving herself a powerful mentor to young performers, ever the voice of encouragement and experience.
6. Marcia was inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame in 2007.
7. Marcia received an AM in the 2009 Australia Day Honours for services to the entertainment industry and to the community.
8. ‘Amazing’ is Marcia’s first album of original songs co-written with Tom Diesel and Ron E Jones. ‘Amazing’ was launched with a national tour around Australia in 2014. The album features a duet with Russell Crowe.
9. Marcia has a starring role in the global five star smash hit musical VELVET; a raucous fusion of disco, dance, burlesque and circus! Stay tuned for 2017 touring dates!
10. Marcia and her band are currently touring Australia with her new high energy show, fuelled by disco anthems ‘Disco Inferno’.