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Marcy Levy

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Marcella Detroit (born Marcella Levy on June 21, 1959, in Detroit, Michigan) is a singer, musician and songwriter. She is most famous for her membership of the band Shakespears Sister, along with Siobhan Fahey of Bananarama fame. In particular her distinctive soprano voice provided the lead vocals on their biggest hit, “Stay”, which was number one in the UK Singles Chart for eight weeks in 1992.

She first began playing with the Bob Seger band in the early 1970s, then toured and recorded with Leon Russell and the Gap Band in early 1974, before joining Eric Clapton’s band in September of 1974. While working with Clapton she wrote several songs with him, including “Lay Down Sally.” After leaving Clapton’s band, she did session work for a number of artists, including Aretha Franklin, Al Jarreau, Alice Cooper and Bette Midler. In 1981, she provided the singing voice for the character Frankie in Ralph Bakshi’s animated movie American Pop. She recorded her first solo album, Marcella, under her birth name, in 1982, and wrote material for Chaka Khan and Belinda Carlisle, and Al Jarreau and Phillip Bailey, amongst others. In 1985 she worked for Clapton again, and performed with him at Live Aid.

In 1989 she joined Shakespears Sister as a band member and songwriter after being introduced to Fahey by mutual friend and producer, songwriter, Richard Feldman. At about this time she adopted the name Marcella Detroit, after her birthplace.

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