Born in Jamaica and raised and educated in England, Marcia Barrett first found fame as a solo performer in Germany in the early 70s. In 1969 Marcia took up an offer to dance in a discotheque near Hamburg. One evening she spontaneously reached for the microphone and sang Oh Happy Day, never realizing that it would be the start of a phenomenal world wide career. For the next five years she toured around Germany performing her repertoire which included Belfast (a song that was especially written for her and years later a Boney M. hit).
In 1976 she joined the now legendary Boney M. She spent fifteen years as a vital vocalist and performer for the group, contributing her powerful and distinctive voice to many of their biggest hits including We Kill The World, Belfast, Rasputin, Ma Baker, Daddy Cool and Rivers Of Babylon/Brown Girl In The Ring (that stayed at the top of the UK charts for five weeks) amongst many others as well as the seasonal chart topper Marys Boy Child/Oh My Lord. Their albums Take The Heat Off Me, Love For Sale, Oceans Of Fantasy, The Magic Of Boney M., Boonoonoonoos, 10000 Light Years, Eye Dance and Christmas with Boney M. also hit the top of the charts. Nightflight To Venus became the groups best selling album and one of the best selling albums in Europe ever.
Marcia has accomplished many things in her professional career. With Boney M. she sold in excess of 200 million records and collected more than 800 golden, platinum, and silver discs as well as numerous awards. She has twice appeared in the Guiness book of records, pertaining to record sales. Marcia also had the distinct honour of performing for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Boney M. also became the very first pop group from the West to perform in the then Soviet Union.
At the end of their career Boney M. had fifteen Nr 1 chart hits and countless other hits around the world. After having fought cancer twice since Boney M.s split off Marcia Barrett returned at the edge of the new century into the lime light. With a new album, aptly entitled Survival she was ready to rock. But fate struck again when Marcia was diagnosed with another two bouts of cancer. But the true fighter Marcia is she has won over the illness and was eager to return to her passion. Hey Joe was the first result of that never ending love for music. Marcia started touring the world and making again world history in the fall 2007 when performing in Georgia a peace concert in cause of the Ossetia conflict.
Finally in March 2009 the long waiting for her fans has an ending with her new single release Seeing Is Believing taken from her forthcoming new album Strange Rumours. The funky Diva is back and a hot musical season is ahead of us. Be ready!
The first release from xoah records is the dance track "Seeing Is Believing" from the former original lead and backing vocalist of Boney M. - Marcia Barrett. With Boney M the charismatic singer/songwriter sold more than 200 million records to that date. Recovered from four! bouts of cancer Marcia is ready to rock!