Marilyn was born in Chicago where she began singing professionally at the age of 15. Her first work was in folk music but she soon broadened her range to include Rock & Roll and then Jazz & Blues. Over the next 20 years, her busy singing career took her right across the USA and then to Europe. Her first UK album ”NOBODY KNOWS YOU” in 1988 won the MUSIC RETAILERS ASSOCIATION AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE.
Twenty four years and thirteen albums later, Marilyn’s path has criss-crossed Europe with appearances in concert halls, theatres, festivals and clubs in Germany, Denmark, Holland, Norway, Switzerland, France and Eire as well as the UK. Marilyn’s starring role in the record-breaking theatre show ”A NEW ORLEANS MARDI GRAS” and her successful one-woman shows ”THOSE WOMEN OF THE VAUDEVILLE BLUES” and ”JAZZ ME BLUES” have won massive plaudits from the press, audiences and music promoters alike.
In 1994, BBC Radio 2 asked her to record a series of programmes “VAUDEVILLE, RED HOT & BLUE” with her jazz band, The Chicago Hoods. The series was acclaimed by critics (“Breathtaking” - The Observer) and the response of radio listeners was so enthusiastic that a second series, and then a third, were commissioned for broadcast in 1996 and 1997. Following on from the successes of the radio series, Marilyn toured the UK with The Chicago Hoods in two original theatre shows - “THE ALL-AMERICAN MUSIC SHOW” and RED HOT & BLUE” directed by husband, Steve Mellor.
Over recent years, Marilyn has reduced her touring commitments to concentrate on coaching and teaching young people who have the talent and ambition to pursue careers on stage. Her popularity with music promoters and audiences means, however, that she still performs often in the UK.
Marilyn Middleton combines a magnetic stage presence and a powerful but sensitive voice with a warmth and feeling seldom equalled.
“Nothing less than stupendous” – Billy Connolly