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Marcia Hines returns to her roots with brand new album to be released during Vivid

Marcia Hines returns to her roots with a brand new album which she will launch during Sydney’s Vivid festival in a very special place

Pop legend Marcia Hines will launch her new album, The Gospel According to Marcia, not in a typical venue – but in a church.

The beloved former Australian Idol judge will play back-to-back shows at Sydney’s Vivid Festival in June inside the city’s St. Stephens Church.

The 68-year-old said News.com that the unusual musical setting would be a return to his roots in the Gospel Church of his native United States.

Hometown: Pop legend Marcia Hines (pictured in 2021) will return to her roots when she launches her new album, The Gospel According to Marcia, not in a typical venue – but at Sydney’s St. Stephens Church as part of the Vivid Festival in June

Fans can expect something joyful and certainly not morbid, she said.

“In the churches where I grew up,” the veteran musician explained, “there’s a great rhythm section and choir.”

The Boston-born singer said the set list for upcoming Vivid shows will include non-gospel tunes like Oh, Happy Day – featured in the hit film, Sister Act – and the classic Lean on Me.

Gospel, Marcia says, was how she first learned music, attending church with her blind godmother and becoming captivated by the singing voices in the choir.

Teen hit: Marcia rose to fame in Australia at the age of 16 when she received critical acclaim in the box office musical Hair.

Teen hit: Marcia rose to fame in Australia at the age of 16 when she received critical acclaim in the box office musical Hair.

Marcia first rose to fame in Australia at the age of 16 when she received rave reviews in the musical Hair.

Stardom followed throughout the 70s when she was awarded the title of “Queen of Pop” three times after a string of hit singles.

Recently, Marcia was known as the kind supporting judge on Australian Idol from 2003 to 2009.

Young Marcia: Recently, Marcia was known as the kind supporting judge on Australian Idol from 2003 to 2009

Young Marcia: Recently, Marcia was known as the kind supporting judge on Australian Idol from 2003 to 2009

Last October, Marcia revealed that she would be honored if Channel Seven invited her back for the next reboot of the talent show.

Marcia then told the Daily Mail: “I would like to think that Australian Idol, being the pioneer of all the music shows that exist now, is still in the hearts and minds of the general public here in Australia,” he said. she declared.

“I would call it an Idol comeback and I don’t see how that would be a bad thing.”

Marcia pictured with her daughter Deni at the Australian Idol final in Sydney in November 2006

Marcia pictured with her daughter Deni at the Australian Idol final in Sydney in November 2006

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