Friday, July 4, 2008

Martika

Martika (born Marta Marrero on May 18, 1969 in Whittier, California) is a female pop singer\actress from the 80s and 90s.

She began her career in an uncredited role as one of the orphan girls in the 1982 film "Annie" which led to her being cast on the children's television program "Kids Incorporated" as Gloria and stayed on the show until 1986.

In 1984, Martika appeared in Mr. T's motivational video "Be Somebody....or Be Somebody's Fool!" which featured future singers Shanice Wilson and Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson (who also starred on "Kids Inc" with her).
Martika was later signed to Columbia Records and in 1987, she released her first solo single "We Are Music" which only released in Japan.

During that same year, she recorded a version of the song "Bounce Back" written by Michael Jay and Gregory Smith which included a music video that aired on "Entertainment '80," but it wasn't officially released.
In 1988, Martika released her self-titled debut album which peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200 and #11 on the U.K. Albums chart.

The album also managed to chart in Australia, Austria, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.
The first single from the album "More Than You Know" peaked at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100, #12 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #33 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #15 on the U.K. Singles chart. The song was also moderately successful in Australia and Canada.
The second single "Toy Soldiers" became Martika's biggest hit to date, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks.

The song also peaked at #5 on the U.K. Singles, topped the charts in New Zealand and was successful in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Spain, Sweden & Switzerland.

The song's chorus featured Martika's former "Kids Inc" castmates such as Stacy Ferguson, Rahsaan Patterson, Renee Sands and later "Kids Inc" members Jennifer Love Hewitt & Devyn Puett on backup vocals.
The third single, a cover version of Carole King's song "I Feel the Earth Move" peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, #20 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #7 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The fourth single "Water" peaked at #59 on the U.K. Singles chart, but failed to make the charts in the United States.

The last single "Alibis" was released, but didn't make the charts at all. In 1990, Martika co-wrote the song "Kiss Me Quick" with Michael Jay and Marvin Morrow.

The song was given to freestyle/pop singer Alisha for her third album "Bounce Back" and Martika provided backing vocals on the track.

During that same year, Martika wrote & recorded the song "Blue Eyes Are Sensitive to the Light" for the soundtrack to the film "Arachnophobia," but producers didn't like her vocals and the song ended up being re-recorded by Sara Hickman for the film. In 1991, Martika wrote the song "Temptation" for Patti LaBelle's album "Burnin'."
During that same year, Martika released her sophomore album "Martika's Kitchen" which peaked at #111 on the Billboard 200 and #15 on the U.K. Albums chart and also managed to also chart in Australia, Canada, Germany and New Zealand. 

The album was produced by Prince and despite being critically praised, it was considered a commercial failure in the United States.
The first single "Love... Thy Will Be Done" (which was written by Martika & Prince) peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on the U.K. Singles chart. 

The song topped the charts in Australia for a week in October of 1991 and was moderately successful in Canada, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, and Switzerland.

The title song flopped in the United States, peaking at a low #93 on the Billboard Hot 100, but fared better in the United Kingdom where it peaked at #17 on the U.K. Singles chart. 

The song was written & produced by Prince and was moderately successful in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand and Sweden.

The third single from the album "Coloured Kisses" peaked at #41 on the U.K. Singles chart and managed to chart in Australia and Germany. In the U.K., a limited Valentine edition was released with a red vinyl 7-inch single.

The last two singles "Safe in the Arms of Love" and "Spirit" didn't make the charts at all. Martika portrayed the role of lounge singer Dahlia Mendez on the television series "Wiseguy" for the show's final season, but her return to acting was short-lived and around 1993, Martika faded from the public eye and seemingly into obscurity.

In 1997, Martika's greatest hits compliation album "The Best of Martika: More Than You Know" was released and achieved sales figures of over 500,000 copies internationally.

In 2000, during the Latin pop music explosion, she returned to the music scene, singing backing vocals on various projects and contributing lyrics to other artists, but she failed to attract any major record label attention for herself.

In 2001, Martika built a website for her fans entitled martika.net. and released a remix of a new self-recorded song entitled "The Journey." 


She also recorded a track entitled "Monday" for a new solo album which according to the website was on its way. 

As a free download on mp3.com's music service,"The Journey" received 5,000 hits, but the website was later shut down and the album was never released.

In 2003, Martika and her husband Michael Mozart (known as late 80s/early 90s pop singer Nikki) formed the band Oppera and released their debut album "Violince" in 2004.

During that same year, rapper Eminem sampled Martika's song "Toy Soldiers" for his song "Like Toy Soldiers" which featured Martika in the chorus on the song. 

The song topped the charts in the United Kingdom and Martika's British greatest hits compliation album was repackaged with its title changed to "Toy Soldiers: The Best of Martika."

In 2005, Oppera released their self-titled sophomore album and Martika promoted the album with a Borders bookstore tour. 

In 2010, Martika starred in a web-based television action show entitled "J8ded" under the name "Vida Edit." She co-produced the show along with Michael who produced, directed, wrote and starred in it as well.

In October of 2011, Martika discontinued her "Vida Edit" stage name and launched a new personal website. 


She began to upload video blogs promising an upcoming album. In November of that same year, Martika announced that the new album would be released in early 2012 and contain primarily house & dance music entitled "The Mirror Ball."

During that same year, Martika later announced the first single "Flow With the Go." The single's release was delayed for personal reasons involving the loss of a family member. 

Because of those circumstances, the recording of Martika's album was delayed, but a second single entitled "SlowMotion" is expected to be released.

As of October 1, 2012, Martika's Australian tour was cancelled, but her official website states that the Mirror Ball Tour in the United States is scheduled to begin in Chicago on November 19, 2012 with additional dates in Elk Grove and Cincinatti.

To see Martika's official website, go to:
http://www.martikamartika.com/home.cfm

To see the music video for "Toy Soldiers," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvdLovAaYzM

To see the music video for "More Than You Know," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lKqzelrMTc

To see the music video for "I Feel The Earth Move," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oo2K9vkfUoE

To see the music video for "Water," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TsxI3P5DRE

To see the music video for "Martika's Kitchen," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIIJjmjto-A

To see the music video for "Love....Thy Will Be Done," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWZFeXJSB9U

To see the music video for "Coloured Kisses," go to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJn7LWPGhwQ

To see a fan-made video for "We Are Music," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E11yhM1vYX0

To see the music video for "Flow With the Go," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0rrK015VWc



[updated on 06/03/13]

1 comment:

Jason said...

martika is back in a tv show to appear fall 2009

visit...www.j8ded.com for upto date info!