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Interview with Marcella Detroit , from Popstar to Opera Star and Life after 50

Marcella Detroit

Article by Fabafterfifty

Marcella Detroit, AKA Marcy Levy describes herself  as a musician, singer and songwriter, and most importantly, an artist. 

 Marcella shows that our 50s are a time to take advantage of opportunities

Most recently seen on our TV screens  on Popstar to Opera Star, Marcella gave an unforgettable rendition  of Mozart’s Queen of the Night from the Magic Flute- proving that she is most definitely a woman of many talents, and proving to us that our 50s are a time to take opportunities when we have the chance.
Fabafterfifty was delighted to be offered the chance to chat to Marcella and find out what being in her 50s means to her, her new projects and plans for the future.

 50 is just a number

Marcella reluctantly registered her own 50th birthday, but in her own words saw it as ‘just a number’, and believes that age is just in your mind. Far from thinking (as in the case of one of her friends) that once reaching 50 all that was left to look forward to was a nursing home, Marcella says that she now feels more comfortable with herself than ever, has come to terms with who she is, and treasures every moment.
With her positive mental attitude , and philosophy of  nurturing herself by following the right diet for her, exercising, taking vitamins ,Marcella is absolutely a glowing example of her own philosophy in life. She believes that you should enjoy life, and that it is never too late to find inspiration or follow your dreams.
With her incredible musical pedigree, which includes being one half of Shakespeare’s Sister in the early 90s with the longest running Number One for a female band in the UK with the hit ‘Stay’, and having co-written Eric Clapton’s Lay Down Sally, Marcella is no newcomer to the music business. With record companies seemingly reluctant to sign up ‘anyone under the age of 25’, Marcella has launched her own independent record label, believing  that it’s wonderful to have an opportunity to do something for herself.

 ‘All is Forgiven’, Marcella’s new single to raise money for Breast Cancer Charity




Based on an Irish prayer sent to her by a fan, Marcella has recorded and released ‘All is Forgiven’ , which she has dedicated to the breast cancer charity ‘Walk the Walk’. In fact Marcella was in the UK this month to open the London Moonwalk, and I was lucky enough to hear an impromptu rendition of ‘All is Forgiven’ by Marcella at a launch party for celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton’s new book. She was terrific.
A self confessed career-holic, as well as recording an album on her return to the Us, Marcella has plans to write a book and launch her own clothing line.  Does she find time to relax? Not often, but she was aiming to try to find more time for herself and her family one week a month. As far as her foray into the world of opera is concerned, although loving the experience and the challenge, Marcella will be leaving it to the opera pros, and concentrating her own musical efforts in pop and soul.
A lovely lady, with great energy and enthusiasm.  An excellent role model for women over 50 everywhere.
To learn more about Marcella and to download her single via i-tunes, please visit her website www.marcella-detroit.com

Credit: www.popstarpictures.co.uk Photos: Malin Enberg. Hair and Makeup: Mia Wikholm

Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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