Marcy Levy (Marcella Detroit) was recently seen as a contestant on the British television show "Pop Star to Opera Star."
Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1959, has Marcy distinguished herself internationally as a premier pop vocalist and writer of hit rock classics. She is an accomplished guitarist, she plays violin (as did her great grandfather who was a concert violinist) blues harmonica, ukulele, and has studied drama at the nationally renown Lee Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles. Beginning with her very first performances opening for David Bowie in 1972, with her band "Julia", another rock icon, Bob Seger asked her to "hit the road" and tour with him. Marcy moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma forming a band with Seger's group.
After Carl Radle, bassist for Eric Clapton, heard Marcy, he immediately insisted she be hired on the spot to record the "461 Ocean Boulevard" album and she was asked to join Clapton's Band. After first finishing a nine month commitment to work with Leon Russell, she reconnected with Clapton recording the album "There's One in Every Crowd." This three day session lead to four years of international touring, recording, and writing with Clapton. The hits that were co-written by Levy and Clapton include: "Innocent Times", on which she sang lead vocal, "Rollit" and "The Core", as well as "Hungry" which was also co-written with the world-renown keyboardist Dickie Sims. Marcy went on to co-write the 1977 classic hit "Lay Down Sally" which won the 1996 BMI Award for over 2 million plays.
At the end of 1978, Marcy wanted to begin her own career and moved to Los Angeles, California, where she did recording sessions for Aretha Franklin, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Al Jarreau, Bette Midler, and Phil Collins, while working with the greatest producers of all time such as Jerry Wexler, Arif Mardin, Glyn Johns, Tom Dowd, and Roger Hawkins. During this time Marcy also did recording sessions for Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, and Leiber and Stoller. She has written for Chaka Kahn, Belinda Carlisle, and co-wrote the benchmark hit for Philip Bailey's "Walking on the Chinese Wall". During this time, she sang and co-wrote the hit "One Way" for Al Jarreau and did session work for Jeffrey Osbourne, Aretha Franklin and numerous other luminaries.
In 1985, Marcy co-wrote another important song for Eric Clapton called "Tangled in Love", subsequently, she was asked to rejoin his band. The highlight during this time was performing " Live Aid" in June of 1985 in Philadelphia where it was broadcast world-wide to millions of people. After returning to Los Angeles, Marcy was introduced to Dave Stewart, of the Eurythmics, and his wife, Siobhan Fahey. Siobhan invited Marcy to form a duo with her called Shakespear's Sister. During that time, Marcy changed her name to Marcella Detroit, getting back to her roots of injecting soul and rhythm and blues into her music. In 1992, Shakespear's Sister had the number one hit "Stay", which indeed did stay at number one for eight weeks in the United Kingdom and went gold and charted at number 4 in the U.S.
After the break-up of Shakespear's Sister in 1993, Marcy has pursued a solo career recording a solo album for London Records entitled "Jewel" which went gold in England with much success in Europe and Australia. She released an album called "Feeler" on a label co-owned by Marcy and her manager which was extremely successful in Japan and Australia. In the mid-1990's, Marcy recorded with Elton John on the multi-platinum selling CD "Duets" with a brilliant cover of the Motown Classic, "Ain't Nothin' Like the Real Thing". Her recent release on her own label is called "Dancing Madly Sideways" which received accolades from Billboard Magazine and is available on her web site.
Marcy has recently signed a world-wide publishing deal with the U.K. based company A7 Music, and is currently collaborating with well established artists and writers in London. While recently performing at the Chicago Blues Festival in May of 2003, with a group of blues all-stars that included internationally renown blues harmonica ace Corky Siegel, Marcy reconnected with Corky after many years remembering when she used to come see him perform sneaking into Detroit clubs as an under-age youth to hear popular blues and rock groups like Siegel-Schwall, Janis Joplin, and Muddy Waters.
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