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MARCIA HINES SPEAKS TO MONA ATTAMIMI ABOUT HER PASSION FOR LIVING AND GIVING.
It is strange to think that once upon a time 'diva extraordinaire'
Marcia Hines wanted to be a cosmetic mortician. Of course,
this was before she turned 16, auditioned for and won the part
in the Australian production of Hair in 1970. It was a big year
for Marcia because when she travelled to Australia at this tender
age unbeknown to her she was pregnant with Deni. 34 years
later Ms Hines has become one of this country's most endearing
performers and public figures.
The success of Hair landed Marcia a role in Jesus Christ
Superstar as the world's first black Mary Magdalene. Ever since,
Marcia has enthralled the public in Sydney's clubs, concerts at the
Domain, the 1999 Mardi Gras Party and the Sydney 2000
Olympics. She has held titles of No.1 female recording artist, and
No.1 soul recording artist for five consecutive years. Her
portfolio includes Queen of Pop, Entertainer of the Year and
No.1 Concert Attraction. She has recorded more than 40 albums
and worked tirelessly to accomplish a high reputation in the
Australian music industry.
She is currently known as one of the judges on Australian Idol.
"Judging Idol rekindled a flame in me ... as I face kids who were
just like me. I look at them and that's me begging for a gig at 14
and 15 with bands. I recognise that passion for music in them."
Marcia's longevity in the Australian psyche can be attributed
to her talent as both recording artist and powerful live performer.
In 2003 she was considered a prime attraction of the Long Way
To The Top national tour. "On stage I say to my audience,
'Whatever you give to me I'll give back to you tenfold because
I'm happy to be here'. So they could just feel the love bouncing
off the stage and they sent it back. People are more receptive than
they believe they are."
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