Marilyn Martin

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Marilyn Martin
Martin in 2016
Background information
Also known as"Minnie"
Born (1954-05-04) May 4, 1954 (age 64)
Tennessee, U.S.
OriginLouisville, Kentucky, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active1970–present
Associated acts

Marilyn Martin (born May 4, 1954) is an American singer and songwriter. She is best known for her 1985 hit duet with Phil Collins, "Separate Lives."

Early life[edit]

Marilyn Martin was born on May 4, 1954, in Tennessee but raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She was exposed to different genres of music as a child. Her father was a country and bluegrass fan, her mother liked R&B and her grandmother sang gospel. At age 18 she started singing with different bands, eventually joining one from Akron, Ohio. After five years of gigs in clubs, they had an opportunity to tour with Joe Walsh, who was headlining with Stevie Nicks. Also on the tour were Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, and Kenny Loggins. After this tour, Martin moved to Los Angeles, California, and gained a prolific career as a backing vocalist for artists including Stevie Nicks, Joe Walsh, Don Henley, Tom Petty and Kenny Loggins.[1]


Martin became a protegee of Doug Morris, the then-head of Atlantic, who had heard her backing vocals on Nicks' album Rock a Little and was impressed enough to ask for a demo. She recorded the Nicks song "Sorcerer" (on which Nicks features on backing vocals) for the Jim Steinman soundtrack of the 1984 film Streets of Fire. Morris signed Martin to a two album recording contract and connected her with Phil Collins for "Separate Lives," part of the soundtrack for the 1985 film White Nights. The song was a number one hit in the U.S. and a Top 5 hit in the United Kingdom.[2]

Martin's self-titled debut album was released in January 1986, reaching number 72 on the Billboard 200, with the single "Night Moves" reaching number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100.[3] Two other singles were also released from the album, "Body and the Beat" and "Move Closer," but neither made the charts. Her second album, This is Serious, was released in 1988, with its lead single "Possessive Love" written and produced by Madonna and Patrick Leonard. A second single, "Love Takes No Prisoners," was released as well, with the haunting ballad "Quiet Desperation" as the B-side. The same year, Martin also recorded a duet with David Foster, "And When She Danced," which was used as the "love theme" for the film Stealing Home.

Neither the singles nor the album were commercially successful, and Atlantic eventually released Martin from her contract, although she continued her career as a backing vocalist into the 1990s.[4] In 1993, Martin moved to Nashville where she recorded a country album, Through His Eyes, for Atlantic in 1994. The album was never released, but is available through Martin's official Website.

In 1997 Martin recorded duet "I Live for Love" with David Hasselhoff, which appears on his album Hooked on a Feeling.[5]

On September 14, 2012, Martin released a new album, Trust, Love, Pray, a Christian music album featuring songs written by Martin, including "Every Way and Always" which received a lot of airplay on Christian and Praise and Worship stations.[6]

Marilyn reunited with Stevie Nicks in October 2016, singing backup vocals for the 24 Karat Gold Tour and filling in for Lori Nicks, who decided to spend time with her daughter. She continued working with Stevie, touring as a backing vocalist with Fleetwood Mac in 2019. [7]

Personal life[edit]

Martin currently has a day job as a realtor in Nashville where she lives with her husband, guitarist, music producer and engineer Greg Droman.[8]


Solo albums[edit]

Year Title Label US Albums Chart
1986 Marilyn Martin Atlantic 72
1988 This Is Serious Atlantic
1994 Through His Eyes Atlantic
2012 Trust, Love, Pray Independent


  • "Sorcerer (Streets of Fire soundtrack)" - 1984
  • "Separate Lives (Stephen Bishop)/I Don't Wanna Know" [duet with Phil Collins] No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 & No. 1 Adult Contemporary in 1985
  • "Night Moves (John Parr)/Wildest Dreams" No. 28 Billboard Hot 100 & # 18 Album Rock Tracks(Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart) in 1986
  • "Body and the Beat/The Dream is Always the Same" - 1986
  • "Move Closer/The Dream is Always the Same" - 1986
  • "Possessive Love(Patrick Leonard, Madonna, Jai Winding)/Homeless" - 1988
  • "Love Takes No Prisoners/Quiet Desperation" - 1988
  • "And When She Danced/And When She Danced" [duet with David Foster] - 1988
  • "No Regrets/What's The Use (Charles Dumont)" [duet with Charles Dumont] - 1992
  • "Through His Eyes" - 1994


  1. ^ Who Am I, retrieved 2015-09-19
  2. ^ "Separate Lives by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin". Retrieved 2014-05-23.
  3. ^ "Night Moves by Marilyn Martin". Retrieved 2014-05-23.
  4. ^ "Marilyn Martin Biography". ARTISTdirect Music. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
  5. ^ "I Live for Love by David Hasselhoff and Marilyn Martin". Retrieved 2018-08-25.
  6. ^ "Marilyn Martin | Trust, Love, Pray". CD Baby. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
  7. ^ Introduced by Mick Fleetwood at the Toyota Center in Houston February 5, 2019
  8. ^ "Marilyn Martin, Nashville Realtor". Nashville City Living. Archived from the original on 2012-03-05.

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