Detroit aka Levy began working on her debut solo album with producer David Foster in the mid-1970s signed to RSO Records, whilst she was touring with Eric Clapton. The album was primarily an R&B-oriented record, which Detroit felt was an attempt to "pigeonhole" her by RSO Records. For unknown reasons, the album was not finished. Detroit later stopped touring with Clapton to focus more on her own solo career. Whilst working on singing and songwriting for numerous artists including Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Chaka Khan, Belinda Carlisle, and Al Jarreau, she was also working on her own solo album, and Marcella was finally released in 1982 and failed to appear on any major charts. After the commercial failure of the album, Epic Records refused her tour allowance with John Mellencamp, and she was later dropped by the label.