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Marcia Elaine Hines, AM (born 20 July 1953 in Bostonmarker, Massachusettsmarker, USA) is a vocalist, actress and TV personality who achieved success in her adopted homeland of Australia. Hines debuted, at the age of sixteen, in the Australian version of the stage musical Hair and followed with the role of Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar. She achieved her greatest commercial successes as a recording artist during the late 1970s with several hit singles, including cover versions of "Fire and Rain", "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself", "You" and "Something's Missing"; and her Top Ten albums Marcia Shines, Shining and Ladies and Gentlemen. Hines was voted 'Queen of Pop' by TV Week's readers for three consecutive years from 1976.

Hines stopped recording in the early 1980s until she returned with Right Here and Now in 1994, the same year she became an Australian citizen.She was the subject of the 2001 biography Diva: the life of Marcia Hineswhich coincided with the release of the album, Diva. Since 2003 she has been a judge on Australian Idol, and her elevated profile led to a renewed interest in her as a performer. Her 2006 album, Discotheque, peaked at #6 on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) albums chart.

Hines is the mother of singer Deni Hines, with whom she performed on the duet single "Stomp!" (2006). Hines lives near Newcastle, New South Walesmarker with Christopher Morrissey, her husband since 2005. Her status in the Australian music industry was recognised when she was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame on 18 July 2007.

Life and career

Early years: before 1970

Born Marcia Elaine Hines in Bostonmarker, Massachusettsmarker, U. S. to Jamaicanmarker parents, Eugene and Esmeralda Hines. Eugene died when Hines was six months old due to an operation to remove shrapnel from a war wound. Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell is her cousin, as is the performer, Grace Jones. She was raised with her older brother Dwight, by their mother and began singing as a nine-year old in her church choir. By her teens she was performing with groups in her local area and briefly used the stage-name Shantee Renee. At fourteen, Hines won a scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Musicmarker but left after three months. A month after turning sixteen, Hines attended the Woodstock Festivalmarker.

1970-1974: Hair & Jesus Christ Superstar

At the age of sixteen, Hines was "discovered" by Australian entrepreneur Harry M. Miller and director Jim Sharman who were visiting the U. S. to audition African-American singers in preparation for the new season of the Australian stage production of Hair, which had already premiered in Sydneymarker on 6 June 1969. Because she was underage, Miller was made her legal guardian. When she debuted in April 1970 Hines became the youngest person in the world to play a featured role in any production of Hair. It was produced by Miller and directed by Sharman, fellow performers included Keith Glass, Sharon Redd, Reg Livermore, and John Waters. During the show's run Hines learned she was pregnant; her daughter, Deni Hines, was born in September 1970 and nine days later Hines returned to the stage to continue her role. The show was a major success. Hines was well received and an Australian tour followed. Miller and Sharman approached her to play Mary Magdalene in the Australian production of Jesus Christ Superstar for 1973-1974. She became the first black woman to play Mary Magdalene anywhere in the world, and the role established her as a national star. Other cast members included Trevor White, Jon English, Doug Parkinson, Stevie Wright and John Paul Young.

1974-1984: Queen of Pop and beyond

When Jesus Christ Superstar finished in February 1974, Hines joined the jazz orchestra, Daly-Wilson Big Band, releasing the album Daly-Wilson Big Band featuring Marcia Hines in 1975. Hines vocals were on the cover songs "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?". Hines toured with Daly-Wilson Big Band from Australia to United Statesmarker, supporting B. B. King and Wilson Pickett in Los Angelesmarker, then to Europe and into Soviet Unionmarker for a month.

A record contract with Robie Porter's Wizard Records in July 1974 led to Hines' first solo single, a cover version of James Taylor's "Fire And Rain", that peaked at #17 on the Australian singles charts in May 1975. Five Top Ten singles were released between 1976 and 1979, including her cover versions of Artie Wayne's "From the Inside", Burt Bacharach/Hal David's "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself", "What I Did For Love" (from A Chorus Line) and Karen Carpenter's "Something's Missing (in My Life)". Hines' biggest hit was with Tom Snow's "You", which reached number 2 in the singles charts in Australia in October 1977. It was an up-tempo dance song, later covered in the U.S. by Rita Coolidge. Top Ten Australian album chart success also occurred in the 1970s with Marcia Shines peaking at #4 in January 1976, Shining #3 November 1976, Ladies and Gentlemen ... Marcia Hines #6 August 1977 and Marcia Hines Live Across Australia #7 in March 1978.Her albums have sold close to a million copies and Hines was the first Australian female performer to attain a Platinum record.

Hines was voted "Queen of Pop", the countries most popular female performer, each year from 1976 to 1978, by the readers of TV Week. Hines was Australia's best-selling local act for 1977 and 1978, and she was the top concert attraction for 1976-1979 inclusive. Her success had been boosted by appearances on Australian Broadcasting Corporationmarker's (ABC) popular TV music show Countdown. Her touring band, the Marcia Hines Band, included drummer Mark Kennedy (ex-Spectrum, Doug Parkinson in Focus, Ayers Rock), bass guitarist Jackie Orszaczky, lead guitarist Stephen Housden (later of Little River Band) and drummer/percussionist Sunil de Silva. Hines was married to Kennedy during the late-1970s; he designed and made an elaborate and colourful stage costume for her. In 1978 and 1979, Hines also had her own TV series, Marcia Hines Music on the ABCmarker.

By November 1979, Hines had fallen out with Wizard Records' owner Robie Porter, and moved on to the Midnight label under Warner Music Australia, after waiting out her contract she returned to recording to achieve a few more hits including the dance track version of Dusty Springfield's "Your Love Still Brings Me To My Knees", which reached Top Ten in 1981. A compilation Marcia Hines Greatest Hits, released by Porter's Wizard Records, peaked at #2 in January 1982. In April 1981, Hines' brother Dwight committed suicide, and Hines later recalled being given the news by her mother.

Hines combined with fellow Jesus Christ Superstar artist, Jon English to release a duet single "Jokers & Queens" and an associated six track mini-album Jokers & Queens in July 1982. The album reached #36 and the single peaked at #62 on their respective charts. Her next album Love Sides and its singles "Love Side" and "Shadow in the Night" did not chart. Hines returned to theatre for a Jesus Christ Superstar revival in late 1983, and then decided to devote more time to raising her daughter. During this time she suffered with health and relationship problems.

1984-1994: Hiatus

Theatre projects for Hines, from 1984, included Big River, Are You Lonesome Tonight? and Jerry's Girls. In 1986 a fall in her kitchen resulted in the diagnosis of her diabetes, which was treated by daily injections of insulin, careful monitoring of her diet and a commitment to fitness. Hines performed the closing act of the 1990 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Grasmarker. It was a turning-point for her and she later described the crowd ovation her most pleasing audience reception ever. Hines decided she would return to singing, while her daughter Deni was achieving her own successes initially singing with Rockmelons for their top five hits "Ain't No Sunshine" and "That Word (L.O.V.E.)" and then solo for her top five "It's Alright". Hines returned to the stage with a performance in The Masters of Rhythm and Taste in 1993.

1994-2002: Recording again

In March 1994, Hines toured nationally for the first time in seven years. She signed a new contract with Warner Music Australia to release Right Here and Now in October, which peaked at #21; its singles "Rain (Let the Children Play)" peaked at #47 and "Give it All You've Got" had less success. Her career gradually revived with concert and TV appearances. By 1998, Hines enlisted Rockmelons' members Bryon Jones and Ray Medhurst as producers for Time of Our Lives which charted from August 1999, and peaked at #17. The singles "Flashdance, What A Feeling" (originally recorded by Irene Cara) and "Time of Our Lives" were released with the latter peaking at #31. Hines recorded "Rise", an official song for the Australian team at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. In September 2001, music producer and writer, Karen Dewey wrote Hines' fully authorised biography Diva: the life of Marcia Hines and Hines released a companion compilation CD, Diva in October.

2003-current: Australian Idol and more

In May 2003, Hines endured the illness and death of her mother Esme, comforting her as she died literally in her arms; she returned to the public eye with her role as a judge on the television show Australian Idol from 27 July 2003. She has been described as "the nice judge" and has been accused of being a 'fence-sitter' - unable to provide criticism of any kind. Hines counters such criticism with "Well you know, I’m living it, if you get my drift, so the advice I give the kids is the advice I’m living." The success of the program has led to further interest in her as a recording artist and in 2004 she released an album of cover versions, titled Hinesight - Songs from the Journey which featured a duet, with former Home and Away star Belinda Emmett, "Shower the People". In 2005 Hines released a remixed version of her earlier hit "You", followed in 2006 by Discotheque an album containing her versions of disco classics, which peaked at #6. Hines made a cameo appearance on Neighbours in early 2007; on 18 July she was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, and during December she toured in support of Lionel Ritchie. From 31 August 2008 the sixth season of Australian Idol was broadcast with Hines continuing as a judge.

On 26 January 2009, Hines was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.

Private life

Hines has a daughter Deni Hines born in Australia in September 1970. Hines had been performing in Hair and was seventeen years old. In an interview, Deni stated that her father "had Somalianmarker and Ethiopianmarker in him." Hines has been married four times: to Mark Kennedy (c. 1978) a drummer in the Marcia Hines Band, who also designed her stage costumes,and to Mr. Bayni; Since 28 April 2005, she has been married to Chistopher Morrissey, a medical practitioner and brother of fashion designer Peter Morrissey.

Hines grew up with asthma, missing months of schooling as a result of life-threatening attacks, and was diagnosed with diabetes after collapsing at her home in 1986. Her elder brother Dwight's death by suicide, in April 1981, devastated Hines, but her mother Esmeralda (Esme) helped her through their grief. Esme relocated to Australia to live with Hines and Deni in the 1980s, and died in May 2003.



Year Title Label Certification Peak chart position
1975 Marcia Shines Wizard Records 4
1976 Shining Wizard 3
1977 Ladies and Gentlemen Wizard 6
1978 Marchia Hines Live Across Australia Wizard 7
1978 Ooh Child Wizard 15
1981 Take it from the Boys Midnight Records 16
1982 Marcia Hines Greatest Hits Wizard Records 2
1982 Jokers & Queens Warner Music Australia 36
1983 With All My Love Warner 63
1985 Complete Marcia Hines 1975-1984 Warner 59
1994 Right Here and Now Warner 21
1999 Time of Our Lives Warner 17
2001 Diva Warner 63
2004 Hinesight Warner 12
2004 Marcia: Greatest Hits 1975-1983 Warner 67
2006 Discotheque Warner / Liberation Music Gold 6
2007 The Essential Marcia Hines (remastered) Warner
2007 Life Warner 21
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

 a Jokers & Queens was recorded with Jon English.


Year Title Album Label Peak chart position
1975 "Fire and Rain" Marcia Shines Wizard Records 17
1975 "From the Inside" Marcia Shines Wizard 10
1976 "Don't Let the Grass Grow" Marcia Shines Wizard 85
1976 "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" Marcia Shines Wizard 6
1977 "(Until) Your Love Broke Through" Shining Wizard 38
1977 "What I Did for Love" Shining Wizard 6
1977 "You" Ladies and Gentlemen Wizard 2
1978 "Music is My Life" single only release Wizard 28
1978 "Let the Music Play" Ooh Child Wizard 92
1979 "Something's Missing (in My Life)" Ooh Child Wizard 9
1980 "Where Did We Go Wrong?" Ooh Child Wizard 62
1981 "Your Love Still Brings Me to My Knees" Take it from the Boys Midnight Records 10
1981 "What a Bitch is Love" Take it from the Boys Midnight 51
1982 "Jokers & Queens" Jokers & Queens Midnight 62
1994 "Rain (Let the Children Play)" Right Here and Now Warner Music Australia 47 35
1994 "Give it All You've Got" Right Here and Now Warner 53
1999 "What a Feeling" Time of Our Lives Warner 66 23
1999 "Makin' My Way" Time of Our Lives Warner 71
1999 "Time of Our Lives" Time of Our Lives Warner 31
1999 "Woo Me" Time of Our Lives Warner 56
2000 "Rise" Diva Warner / Liberation Music 116
2001 "(I've Got to) Believe" single only release Warner / Liberation Music 172
2003 "To Love Somebody" single only release Warner / Liberation Music 96
2005 "You" re-release Warner / Liberation Music 59
2006 "Stomp! Discotheque Warner / Liberation Music 43
2007 "I'm Coming Out" Discotheque Warner / Liberation Music
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

 b "Jokers & Queens" was recorded with Jon English.
c "To Love Somebody" was recorded with Brian Cadd, Max Merritt, Doug Parkinson.
d "Stomp!" was recorded with Deni Hines, her daughter.
e "I'm Coming Out" peaked at #41 Australian Club singles Chart.


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