Marva Hicks

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Marva Hicks is an American R&B singer and actress who signed with Polydor in the late '80s and her debut LP, Marva Hicks, followed in 1991.[1]

She scored her biggest chart hit with the single "Never Been in Love Before", written and produced by Jimmy Scott,[2] which peaked at number seven, while two singles followed.[3]

On 16 July 1996, she performed as a background singer for Michael Jackson in a free concert at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre in Bandar Seri Begawan. The concert was in celebration of the fiftieth birthday of Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei and was attended by the Brunei Royal Family. As part of the set list, Hicks sang the female part of the duet "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" with Michael. Other singers who have performed this duet with Michael include Siedah Garrett, Sheryl Crow, and Judith Hill.

She also performed as Rafiki in The Lion King as an understudy for the leading actress.

She played T'Pel, the wife of Tuvok in three episodes of Star Trek: Voyager.

She sings the gospel song "There's No Hiding Place Down Here" in the Babylon 5 episode "And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place".[4]

In 2013, Hicks appeared on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' album Mosquito performing as part of Broadway Inspirational Voices on the first single "Sacrilege".[5][6]

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