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Marva Denise Hicks
Marva Denise Hicks was born on May 5, 1956, and died on September 16, 2022, he was an American R&B singer and actress. She signed with Polydor in the late 1980s, recorded her self-titled debut LP in 1991, and later worked in Broadway theatre and on television Marva Hicks, an award-winning actress, and singer, died at age 66 in New York City. Reps for the trailblazing star confirmed the news, and a cause of death has not been revealed yet In a very touching way, her husband Akwasi Taha and her family also released an emotional statement that read “It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of our dear Marva Hicks Taha. Our beloved wife, family member, and a friend will be greatly missed and remains marvelous in our hearts forever. The love she had for her husband, family, friends, and entertainment community knew no bounds. We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. Memorial arrangements will be announced in the coming days” That was the statement that was shared by the public following the devastating news of the loss of the legend The Petersburg, Virginia native was a Howard University graduate. Her distinct voice is heard on her debut, self-titled album released in 1991. Her hit single, “Never Been In Love Before” peaked at No. 7 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and spent 17 weeks on the chart overall. During her time as an artist, she also collaborated with Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder on several international tours and served as a background vocalist to Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, James Ingram, and more. Hicks was also a key figure in the theater world being a three-time Helen Hayes Award winner. Her Broadway credits include Motown, The Lion King, Lena Horne: The Lady at Her Music, Caroline or Change, and most recently, an off-Broadway production of Angry, Raucous, and Shamelessly Gorgeous. The Helen Hayes Award recognizes the “outstanding achievement from professional theatres and theatre-makers across the DC area,” paying tribute to the late Hayes, who is considered to be the “First Lady of American Theatre.” Hicks additionally had a slew of film and TV credits including Sister, Mad About You, and Star Trek. More tributes are still coming in and we want to send our deepest condolences to the family, friends, fans, and everyone who loved Marva.

Marva Denise Hicks (May 5, 1956 – September 16, 2022) was an American R&B singer and actress. She signed with Polydor in the late 1980s, recorded her self-titled debut LP in 1991, and later worked in Broadway theatre and on television.

Life and Career

Hicks was born and grew up in Petersburg, Virginia, and studied at Howard University.

Initially a gospel singer, she recorded commercial secular music in the 1980s, and scored her biggest chart hit with the single “Never Been in Love Before”, written and produced by Jimmy Scott. The record peaked at number seven on the R&B charts in 1991, 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 setlist, Hicks sang the female part of the duet “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” with Jackson. 

NEW YORK CITY, NY – APRIL 14: (L-R) Denise Burse, Marva Hicks, and Iona Morris attend BOULEVARD MAGAZINE Celebrates their April Issue at Hawaiian Tropic Zone on April 14, 2008, in New York City. (Photo by LIAM McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images).

She also performed as Rafiki in The Lion King, as an understudy for the leading actress. Her other Broadway credits included Motown: The Musical, and Lena Horne, The Lady and Her Music. She won the Helen Hayes Award for her stage work on three occasions.

On television, she played T’Pel, the wife of Tuvok, in two episodes of Star Trek: Voyager, and appeared in several other recurring roles in other series. She sang 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.”

She died in New York City on September 16, 2022, at the age of 66. To read more go to the link below: ℗ is your source to learn about the broad and beautiful spectrum of our shared History.