Marcia Hines arrives at the 12th annual ASTRA Awards in Sydney, Thursday, March 20, 2014. The ASTRA's recognise excellence in subscription television.
Marcia Hines arrives at the 12th annual ASTRA Awards in Sydney, Thursday, March 20, 2014. The ASTRA's recognise excellence in subscription television. AAP Image - Dan Himbrechts

Marcia Hines' new album 'Amazing' is 1000+ hours of writing

MARCIA Hines wrote from 10am to 6pm, six days a week for seven months to create her new album Amazing.

"I wrote it with two other guys who I'm on tour with. It was really great because they're very talented writers," she said.

"We really made a concerted effort to make every track stand up on its own and I do hope and believe that we've done that."

An Australian music stalwart, Marcia will visit Mackay on September 26 as part of a promotional tour.

Marcia described music as one of the things that made sense in her life.

"I love making music. I think there's something really special about creating music and it's the one thing that I just have to hear every day," she said.

"It's not a good day if I don't listen to music. I love performing live as well."

Right now the Queen of Pop is "loving" Englishman Sam Smith.

It's been 35 years since the 60-year-old released her first number one hit single You, so how does she keep it fresh?

"I've got a really good think tank and good management and I have for my whole career," Marcia said.

"And you just continually reinvent. Making music is a creative force and so whenever you're creating you're reinventing and you're recreating."

And whenever she hit a wall, Marcia said she just worked with the difficulty.

"You get lemons you make lemonade," she said.

"If you have a difficulty you try and work out a way to work with it... you become proactive instead of reactive."

Remedy, the newest single of her latest album, is a duet with her friend Russell Crowe.

Marcia said he was "so stoked" with the result, she asked Russell if he'd also be in the video with her.

"He said, only if I can direct it, and I said perfect."

While Marcia is no stranger to having her own fan-base, she said she was still a little star struck working with the Hollywood heavyweight.

"Inside I'm going oh my goodness I can't believe this, that Russell's actually directing me, this is so cool," she laughed.

"I've got one of the best actors in the world directing me, it doesn't get much cooler than that."

One song that never fails to move Marcia is Nat King Cole's When I Fall In Love, which she said was one of her mother's favourite songs.

Over Marcia's career, which spans across four decades, she said she'd watched the music industry change.

Saturday's used to be the day everyone would hang out at the record store to see what was happening and what was new.

"The record store was a great hub for music enthusiasts," she said.

Now people can just jump online and download the latest tracks.

"Which is not a bad thing," she said.

The distribution platforms might have changed, but Marcia said the industry has always been about music and it would always be about music.

"And I do love it very much," she said.

Marcia Hines will be at Mount Pleasant Shopping Centre from 1pm for a performance, signing and to meet and greet fans.

Australia's First Lady of Song

  • Marcia is the first Australian female artist to have seven consecutive Top 20 album releases.
  • Her debut album Marcia Shines became the biggest selling album by an Australian female artist in 1975.
  • Marcia was inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame in 2007
  • She received an AM in the Australia Day Honours 2009 for services to the entertainment industry and to the community.
  • Amazing is Marcia's first album of original songs co-written with Tom Diesel and Ron E. Jones.


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