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Amazing Marcia!

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.

Marcia was Australian Idol's favourite judge for the show's seven consecutive years, and was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007. She 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 letting up! The hit fringe festival stage production ‘Velvet’ began in Adelaide in 2015 and has travelled the world with Marcia in the starring role and has spawned any number of audience attendees wearing bellbottoms and platform heels!

2018 sees Marcia joining forces with John Paul Young, Brian Cadd, Leo Sayer and Russell Morris for the APIA Good Times Tour, a month-long concert journey commencing in Darwin and taking in capital cities and regional centres till mid-June.

A musician, an amazing singer, and a beloved member of the Australian music community. In her own words, “There are still many rivers to cross!”

10 FAST FACTS ABOUT AUSTRALIA’S FIRST LADY OF SONG

Here are just a few highlights of Marcia’s amazing career:

1. Marcia arrived in Australia in 1970 to join the cast of the rock musical ‘Hair’, at the ‘Metro Theatre’ in Sydney’s Kings Cross. This theatre later became home to director, George ‘Mad Max’ Miller’s film production company.

2. Marcia was appointed to the order of Australia in January 2009.

3. In 1989, Marcia was invited to perform David Fanshawe’s ‘African Sanctus’ with the Sydney Philharmonia Choir. The concerts were held at the Sydney Opera House and Marcia performed an African tribal version of The Lord’s Prayer that was later released on Warner Brother Records.

4. The other original judges of Australian Idol were Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson and Mark Holden. Dicko was replaced by Kyle Sandilands after five years and Kyle was eventually replaced by Sony A&R Manager Jay Dee Springbett. Marcia was the only original judge to survive the seven-year season.

5. Over her now 45-year career, Marcia has had six record producers. Robie Porter, David Mackay, John Foreman, Paul Wilshire, John O’Donnell and Tom Diesel.

6. ‘Amazing’ was the first album Marcia recorded that she was both co-producer and co-writer on every track.

7. ‘Rise’ was the official theme song of the Australian Olympic rowing team at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

8. Marcia’s co-stars in the Australian season of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ included Jon English, Trevor White, Reg Livermore, Chrissy Amphlett, John Paul Young, Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock (Air Supply), Rory O’Donoghue and Stevie Wright.

9. ‘Your Love Still Brings Me To My Knees’ was a top five hit in Europe in 1981. Particularly Holland, Germany, Italy and France. Marcia has toured all of these territories.

10. When Marcia auditioned in Boston for a role in the Australian production of ‘Hair’, she was joined by her cousin who successfully won a role in the German version of ‘Hair’ in the same week. That cousin was Donna Summer.