Real name: Marcia Hines
Birthdate: July 20, 1953
She is also the mother of singer Deni Hines. She now lives near Newcastle, New South Wales, with her partner Chris Morrissey.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she began singing as a child in her local church choir and by her teens was performing with groups in her local area. At the age of 16, she was "discovered" by Australian entrepreneur Harry M. Miller who was visiting the United States in preparation for an Australian stage production of Hair.
Hines moved to Australia and became the youngest person in the world to play a featured role in any production of Hair. The show was a major success and Hines was received well. Miller then approached her to play Mary Magdalene in the Australian production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Hines became the first black woman to play Mary Magdalene, and achieved a second major success.
A record contract followed and her first single released in 1974 was a cover version of James Taylor's "Fire And Rain". Most of her hit singles were released between 1976 and 1979, and included her cover versions of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David song "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself", and The Rolling Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash", and "What I Did For Love" (from A Chorus Line). Her biggest hit was the single that made number 2 in the charts in Australia: "You"; an up-tempo dance song, later covered in the United States by Rita Coolidge.
She continued to record and achieved a few more hits including the dance track "Your Love Still Brings Me To My Knees" in the eighties. "Flashdance, What A Feeling" (originally recorded by Irene Cara), and "Time of Our Lives" were both hits for Hines in 1999.
In 2003 she returned to the public eye after a period of inactivity, with her role as judge on the television show Australian Idol, where she is thought of as "the nice judge" and has been accused of being a fence-sitter unable to provide criticism of any kind. However, the success of the program led to renewed interest in her as a recording artist and in 2004 she released an album of covers, titled Hinesight - Songs from the Journey which featured a duet with Belinda Emmett of "Shower The People". In 2005 she released a remixed version of her earlier hit "You", followed in 2006 by Discotheque an album containing her versions of disco classics.
Biggest charting singles:
- "Fire and Rain" (James Taylor) (1974) - #17 Australia
- "From the Inside" (1975) - #10 Australia
- "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" (Bacharach/David) (1976) - #6 Australia
- "You" (1977) - #2 Australia
- "Something's Missing" (1979) - #9 Australia
- "Your Love Still Brings Me to My Knees' (1981) - #10 Australia
- "Rain (Let the Children Play)" (1994) - #47 Australia
- "Give It All You've Got" (1994) - #53 Australia
- "What a Feeling" (1998) - #66 Australia
- "Time of Our Lives " (1999) - #31 Australia
- "Makin' My Way" (1999) - #71 Australia
- "Woo Me" (1999) - #56 Australia
- "(I've Got to) Believe" (2000) - #172 Australia
- "Rise" (2000) - #116 Australia
- "To Love Somebody" (2003) (with Brian Cadd, Max Merritt, Doug Parkinson) - #96 Australia
- "You" (re-release) (2005) - #59 Australia
- "Stomp!" (2006) (with Deni Hines) - #43 Australia
- "I'm Coming Out" (2007) - #41 Australian Club Chart