Martika Biography

Marta Marrero, 18 May 1969, California, USA. This pop singer grew up in California, her parents having fled Cuba shortly after the revolution. Her first experience in showbusiness came early, with an appearance as a dancer in John Huston’s 1982 movie Annie. From 1984-86 she played the role of Gloria in the television series Kids Incorporated. She enjoyed almost immediate success with her music career when her debut single, December 1988’s ‘More Than You Know’, broke into the US Top 20. Her second single, ‘Toy Soldiers’, topped the US chart for two weeks in the summer of 1989, and also reached the UK Top 5. A cover version of Carole King’s ‘I Feel The Earth Move’ reached UK number 7, but stalled at US number 25. An appearance in the television series Wiseguy as jazz singer Dahlia Mendez followed. Although ‘Love... Thy Will Be Done’, her first single from 1991’s second album, was cited by one journalist as being ‘sub- Tiffany’, it was popular enough to put the singer back in the US and UK Top 10. Her profile was also bolstered by consistent rumours of romances with pop stars (Nuno Bettencourt, Prince). She co-wrote the UK Top 20 hit single ‘Martika’s Kitchen’ with Prince, who also helped out with several tracks on the album.

Although her popularity lingered for a while in England, the singer subsequently faded from view as she took a break from music. She returned to recording with ‘The Happy Song’ for the Welcome To The Conga Club collection, and began work on a new album in the late 90s. Rap star Eminem sampled Martika’s most famous song on his 2004 hit ‘Like Toy Soldiers’.


Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.


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