Sunday, 4 July 2010

World Popular Song Festival - Kelly Marie

Kelly Marie (born Jacqueline McKinnon, October 16 1957, Paisley, Renfrewshire) is a Scottish disco singer. Her only notable hit was Feels Like I'm in Love, a #1 hit in the UK in 1980.

Kelly began appearing in singing competitions at age twelve and made her television debut at age fifteen. At age sixteen as Keli Brown she appeared on the television talent show Opportunity Knocks winning four times with her rendition of I Don't Know How to Love Him. This exposure led to her signing with Pye Records, who released Marie's debut single Who's that Lady with my Man in April 1976 The song reached #5 in France and earned a gold disc for sales in excess of 300,000 copies. The following singles were hits as well. In 1977 Kelly Marie was chosen to represent the UK at the World Popular Song Festival in Japan with Sentimental Kisses which stranded in the semi-final. In 1978 the song Make Love to Me gave Marie her most significant success (to that point) in the English-speaking world, reaching #2 in South Africa and #5 in Australia

Marie had her biggest hit in 1980 with the song Feels like I'm in love. It was a huge hit in Europe and South Afrika. Like all of Marie's recordings to that date, Feels Like I'm in Love failed to become a hit in the UK.

The intense success of Feels Like I'm in Love did not result in any significant stardom for Kelly Marie. Kelly opined that the media were so focussed on the success story of her fellow Scotswoman Sheena Easton that she received little attention above and beyond her hit record.

Kelly Marie is still active in music and performs, occasionally, in television shows.

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