Marcia Hines talks retirement and remaining a soul diva
SUPER, 60 and back to the '70s. Australia's beloved soul diva rocks on in her latest stage shows.
High-energy shows Disco Inferno and the Retro Music Cruise both hark back to the decade that benchmarked the Marcia Hines story.
The shows feature Marcia at her timeless, dynamic best, belting out It's Raining Men with the same emotion that mesmerised thousands of people in her awe-inspiring role as a black Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar.
"The '70s shows are great," Marcia said.
"It's the disco era - there's plenty of bad clothes, bad hairstyles and it makes everyone happy."
Marcia Hines, the magnificent voice, the bold personality, is good humoured and gracious.
And at 63 years old, she seems to be running at the same speed that drove the 16-year-old Afro-American to audition and win a role in the Australian stage production of rock musical Hair.
During the production, she found out she was pregnant with her first child. Marcia gave birth to baby (Deni Hines) and stayed on to become an Australian citizen. Marcia fell in love with Australia and Australia fell in love with Marcia.
By 1973, she had signed up for the major role of Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar. The show's success made her a serious star. From 1976 she was named Queen of Pop for three consecutive years.
Marcia has also kept her friends from that era, including former Countdown host and rock journalist Molly Meldrum.
She said they didn't see each other that often, but when they did, there was still plenty to talk about.
"We start talking and I look at the time and it could be 3am," she laughed.
Great friends, family, her daughter and godchildren ranging from four to 43 years old hold a special place in the big heart of Marcia Hines.
In 2003, the next generation of youth had their own turn at discovering Marcia when she completed five series as a judge on television show Australian Idol, returning for the seventh series.
In 2007, Marcia was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. In 2009, Marcia received a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours for services to the entertainment industry as a performer, judge and mentor, and to the community through a range of charitable organisations.
This year is no different to any others in the career of the indomitable Marcia Hines.
"I didn't plan anything for this age or after this age," she said.
"Life just happens."
Her fitness regime is just as simple.
"I do a bit of walking, a bit of running - I like to get my heart rate up."
She believes in the adage that all work and no play makes one very boring and enjoys doing art production and spending time with her godchildren.
"I like to go into the art studio, walk in, close the door and do some mosaics," she said.
"But I also have quiet times when I shut down."
She said a special rest day would mean not having to catch a plane, sleeping in, a leisurely breakfast, a couple of hours walking and hanging with a few girlfriends.
"And finding somewhere to dance in the evening," added the indefatigable performer.
HEART AND SOUL
* Marcia moved from Boston to Sydney at just 16 to star in the Australian production of Hair.
* Marcia's debut album Marcia Shines became the biggest selling album by an Australian female artist in 1975.
* Marcia was the first Australian female artist to have seven consecutive top-20 album releases.
* Cruise 'n' Groove, hosted on the luxurious cruise liner Radiance of the Seas, this month begins its retro music journey from Sydney with Marcia, pop heavyweights KC and the Sunshine Band and a host of other artists. The cruise sets sail to the tropical beauty of prominent South Pacific island holiday destinations including Isle of Pines (New Caledonia), Mystery Island (Vanuatu) and Noumea (New Caledonia). Cruise 'n' Groove sets sail from Sydney for eight nights from October 23-31. For more information, including how to book your cabin, go to www.chooseyourcruise.com.au or phone 1300247371.
WIN TICKETS TO SEE MARCIA HINES
We have tickets to three of Marcia Hines' shows in New South Wales up for grabs for local readers.
Open to residents of Seniors Newspaper's regions in New South Wales, the giveaway is for one double pass to each of these Marcia Hines' shows - Sawtell (November 12); Ballina (December 8); Sydney (New Year's Eve).
To be in the running, simply email email@example.com with the following information and answers for a valid entry:
1/ Name, email, postal address, date of birth and the Seniors Newspaper region that you live in.
2/ What is your favourite Marcia Hines song and why?
3/ Who is your favourite Australian musician of the last 50 years and why?
4/ How many times in the last month have you gone out to the movies or to see a show?
Entries close at 2pm AEST (3pm AEDT) on November 4. Winners will be drawn that afternoon.
There will be one winner chosen at random from all valid entries received for each individual Seniors Newspaper region: Northern New South Wales; Central Coast; Coffs and Clarence.
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