Marilyn Martin

Also known as “Minnie”
Born May 4, 1954
Tennessee, U.S.
Origin Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Pop rock soft rock synthpop country contemporary Christian
Singer songwriter
Instruments Vocals

Marilyn Martin (born May 4, 1954) is an American singer and songwriter. She is best known for her 1985 hit duet with Phil Collins, “Separate Lives.”

Marilyn Martin was born on May 4, 1954, in Tennessee but raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She was exposed to different genres of music as a child. Her father was a country and bluegrass fan, her mother liked R&B and her grandmother sang gospel. At age 18 she started singing with different bands, eventually joining one from Akron, Ohio. After five years of gigs in clubs, they had an opportunity to tour with Joe Walsh, who was headlining with Stevie Nicks. Also on the tour were Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, and Kenny Loggins. After this tour, Martin moved to Los Angeles, California, and gained a prolific career as a backing vocalist for artists including Stevie Nicks, Joe Walsh, Don Henley, Tom Petty and Kenny Loggins.

On September 14, 2012, Martin released a new album, Trust, Love, Pray, a Christian music album featuring songs written by Martin, including “Every Way and Always” which received a lot of airplay on Christian and Praise and Worship stations.

Marilyn reunited with Stevie Nicks in October 2016, singing backup vocals for the 24 Karat Gold Tour and filling in for Lori Nicks, who decided to spend time with her daughter.

Personal life

Martin currently has a day job as a realtor in Nashville where she lives with her husband, guitarist, music producer and engineer Greg Droman.


Solo albums

1986 Marilyn Martin Atlantic
1988 This Is Serious Atlantic
1994 Through His Eyes Atlantic
2012 Trust, Love, Pray Independent


“Sorcerer (Streets of Fire soundtrack)” – 1984
“Separate Lives (Stephen Bishop)/I Don’t Wanna Know” [duet with Phil Collins] No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 & No. 1 Adult Contemporary in 1985
“Night Moves (John Parr)/Wildest Dreams” No. 28 Billboard Hot 100 & # 18 Album Rock Tracks(Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart) in 1986
“Body and the Beat/The Dream is Always the Same” – 1986
“Move Closer/The Dream is Always the Same” – 1986
“Possessive Love(Patrick Leonard, Madonna, Jai Winding)/Homeless” – 1988
“Love Takes No Prisoners/Quiet Desperation” – 1988
“And When She Danced/And When She Danced” [duet with David Foster] – 1988
“No Regrets/What’s The Use (Charles Dumont)” [duet with Charles Dumont] – 1992
“Through His Eyes” – 1994

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