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Marva Hicks (May 5, 1956 – September 16, 2022) was an American singer and actress. She is best known for her vocals on "Turned on to You" (1981) as part of the Eighties Ladies.



She scored her biggest chart hit with the single "Never Been in Love Before", written and produced by Jimmy Scott, which peaked at number seven, while two singles followed.

On July 16, 1996, she performed as a background singer for Michael Jackson in a free concert at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre in Bandar Seri Begawan. The concert was in celebration of the fiftieth birthday of Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei and was attended by the Brunei Royal Family. As part of the set list, Hicks sang the female part of the duet "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" with Jackson. Other singers who have performed this duet with Jackson included Siedah Garrett, Sheryl Crow, and Judith Hill.

She also performed as Rafiki in The Lion King, as an understudy for the leading actress.

She played T'Pel, the wife of Tuvok, in three episodes of Star Trek: Voyager.

She sings the gospel song "There's No Hiding Place Down Here" in the Babylon 5 episode "And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place".

In 2013, Hicks appeared on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' album Mosquito, performing as part of Broadway Inspirational Voices on the first single "Sacrilege".



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Enemy Territory Hysterical Woman
1993 Bodies, Rest & Motion Singer
1995 Virtuosity Onscreen Talent
Alien Nation: Body and Soul Balboa TV Movie
1996 For the Future: The Irvine Fertility Scandal Tanya TV Movie
1998 The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars Singer (voice) TV Movie
1999 Asunder Roberta Williams
2000 In a Blue Mood Iris Blue Short
2005 On the One Cora Lee
2007 AfterLife Alicia Short
2013 Labor Day Morning Anchor


Year Title Role Notes
1992-93 L.A. Law Lee Johnson Episode: "Love on the Rox" & "Spanky and the Art Gang"
1993-95 Mad About You Remy Recurring Cast: Season 2-3
1994 The Sinbad Show Rachel Episode: "Love Lessons"
South Central Episode: "CO-op"
1994-96 Sister, Sister Various 4 Episodes
1995-00 Star Trek: Voyager T'Pel 3 Episodes
1996 Babylon 5 Singer Episode: "And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place"
1997-98 One Life to Live Jacara Principal Regular Cast
2013 House of Cards Strategist 1 Episode: "Chapter 5"
2015 Daredevil District Attorney Episode: "Daredevil"
2016 Search Party Virginia Episode: "The Return of the Forgotten Phantom"
2017 The Blacklist Judge Episode: "Smokey Putnum (No. 30)"
2019 Madam Secretary Chief Clerk Episode: "The New Normal"

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