Marcia Elaine Hines was born july 20, 1953 in Boston, Mass. the daughter ofJamaican immigrants. She began singing in her church choir when she was 9 years. By the time she was 14 she had already performed with different local groups and won a scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Music.
Only two years later she was discovered by Harry Miller and Jim Sharman, two Australian talent scouts. They were looking for black singers to perform in the Australian production of the musical Hair. In 1970, at age 16, she became the youngest artist ever to have participated in a Hair production. In 1973 she became known for another “first” when she joined the crew of Jesus Christ Superstar as the first black woman — again in the Australian stage production of the musical.
And here’s a live performance of Shining, title song from one of her top ten albums.