Marilyn Martin

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Marilyn Martin
Also known as "Mini"
Born (1954-05-04) May 4, 1954 (age 61)
Tennessee, U.S.
Origin Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1970–present
Labels Atlantic
Associated acts

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

Early life[edit]

Marilyn Martin was born in Tennessee but raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She was exposed to different kinds of music as a child. Her father was a country music 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 and gained notice 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 Records, 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 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 was commercially successful, and Atlantic eventually released Martin from her contract, although she continued her career as a back-up 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.

On September 14, 2012, Martin released a new album, Trust, Love, Pray, a Christian music CD featuring songs written by Martin, including "Every Way And Always" which received a lot of airplay on Christian and Praise and Worship stations.[5]

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.[6]


Solo albums[edit]

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


  • "Sorcerer (Streets of Fire soundtrack)" - 1984
  • "Separate Lives/I Don't Wanna Know (P. Collins)" [duet with Phil Collins] - 1985
  • "Night Moves/Wildest Dreams" - 1986
  • "Body and the Beat/The Dream is Always the Same" - 1986
  • "Move Closer/The Dream is Always the Same" - 1986
  • "Possessive Love/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. ^ "Marilyn Martin | Trust, Love, Pray". CD Baby. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  6. ^ "Marilyn Martin, Nashville Realtor". Nashville City Living. Archived from the original on 2012-03-05. 

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