Marcy Levy biography
Marcella Detroit (born Marcella Levy on June 21, 1959, in Detroit, Michigan) is a singer, musician and songwriter. She is most famous for her membership of the band Shakespears Sister, along with Siobhan Fahey of Bananarama fame. In particular her distinctive soprano voice provided the lead vocals on their biggest hit, "Stay", which was number one in the UK Singles Chart for eight weeks in 1992.
She first began playing with the Bob Seger band in the early 1970s, then toured and recorded with Leon Russell and the Gap Band in early 1974, before joining Eric Clapton’s band in September of 1974. While working with Clapton she wrote several songs with him, including "Lay Down Sally." After leaving Clapton's band, she did session work for a number of artists, including Aretha Franklin, Al Jarreau, Alice Cooper and Bette Midler. In 1981, she provided the singing voice for the character Frankie in Ralph Bakshi's animated movie American Pop. She recorded her first solo album, Marcella, under her birth name, in 1982, and wrote material for Chaka Khan and Belinda Carlisle, and Al Jarreau and Phillip Bailey, amongst others. In 1985 she worked for Clapton again, and performed with him at Live Aid.
In 1989 she joined Shakespears Sister as a band member and songwriter after being introduced to Fahey by mutual friend and producer, songwriter, Richard Feldman. At about this time she adopted the name Marcella Detroit, after her birthplace. By the second album she had been promoted to "50% member", but Fahey ended the partnership in 1993 and continued by herself as Shakespears Sister for one more album. After leaving the duo, Detroit restarted her solo career and had three UK top 40 hits: "I Believe" (UK #11), "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" (a duet with Elton John) (UK #24), and "I'm No Angel" (UK #33). She made a number of solo albums: Jewel (1994) (UK #15), Feeler (1996), and Dancing Madly Sideways (2001).
In 2004 she began using her birth name again, as she returned to her blues roots and started playing with Carlos Guitarlos. She also signed a publishing deal with A7 music and started writing music for Charlotte Church and Alex Parks, among others. In September 2006 she released a blues album, The Upside of Being Down under the name Marcy Levy Band.
Her most recent single, a pop/dance song called "Mystery to Me" with Loverush UK was released digitally on April 30, 2007.
Other appearances have included a 1996 episode of Absolutely Fabulous, in which Detroit played an angel (and performed a few songs alongside Marianne Faithfull), and the novelty album The Simpsons Sing the Blues, on which Detroit was a vocal talent.
Detroit is married to Lance Aston (one time member of Prima Donna and brother of Bucks Fizz star Jay Aston). They have a child, born in 1992.