Martika (born Marta Marrero, May 18, 1969, Whittier, California, United States) is an American pop singer-songwriter and actress. As a singer she released two internationally successful albums in the late 1980s and early 1990s, selling over four million copies worldwide. Now working mainly as an actress, since 2009 she has used the new stage name Vida Edit.
Early life and career
Born in Whittier, California, Marrero entered mainstream show business in an uncredited role as one of the orphan girls in the 1982 motion picture Annie. This led to her being cast as Gloria on the long-running kids show Kids Incorporated as one of a group of neighborhood kids who rise to local fame by singing staged productions at a corner malt shop. Martika and many fellow Kids Incorporated cast members were featured in the musical numbers from the Mr. T motivational video Be Somebody... or Be Somebody's Fool! in 1984.
Following her role in Kids Incorporated and Be Somebody, Martika was signed by CBS Records as a potential Madonna-like pop star. Her first solo release, however, was released only in Japan. "We are Music" was recorded to promote Sony cassette tapes in the Japanese market, where the song was released in the 12", 7" and CD formats.
Rise to prominence
Her first album, 1988's Martika, spawned the song “Toy Soldiers,” which she co-wrote with her producer Michael Jay, and became a top 5 hit in the United Kingdom and many other countries. In the US, "Toy Soldiers" spent two weeks at #1 and was certified Gold by the RIAA. Two additional releases also went Top 40 in the US: "More Than You Know"(#18) and "I Feel the Earth Move"(#25), which was a remake of Carole King’s #1 from her album Tapestry. Both of those tracks also hit the top 20 on the US Dance charts and the UK singles chart. Further releases from the debut album were "Water," a modest hit in the UK and Australia, and "If You're Tarzan I'm Jane." The album was certified Gold in the US in 1989, and sold 3 million copies worldwide.
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