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Marta Marrero (born May 18, 1969 in Whittier, California, USA), better known as Martika, is a Cuban-American pop singer. As a child she dabbled in acting making her film debut as one of the dancing orphans in the film version of “Annie”. As a teen she would star as ‘Gloria’ on the syndicated children’s variety show ‘Kids Incorporated’. After outgrowing her role, Martika would turn her focus towards her first love, music.

Hooking up w/ producer Michael Jay, Martika landed a deal with Columbia Records. Martika’s self-titled debut album was released in the fall of 1988. But it wasn’t until 1989 that she broke through in a big way. By January her debut single “More Than You Know” was a US Top 20 smash. Her second single, a haunting ballad about addiction, entitled “Toy Soldiers” spent 2 weeks at #1 in the US during the summer of 1989. Up next was a dance/rock version of the Carole King classic “I Feel The Earth Move” which would eventually score Martika her 3rd Top 40 US hit. This song as well as her previous singles also became huge hits all over the world by charting high in the UK, Australia, Japan and Spain just to name a few. A fourth single was released in Europe and Australia entitled “Water”.

After the success of her debut, her label compiled a 4 song EP of Spanish language versions of 3 of her hits (“Water” was included as well but in it’s bilingual original state). It was during this time that Martika would perform throughout many Spanish speaking countries, and was heavily promoted to the US Latino market.

This is about drug addiction and how drugs can control you like children control their toys. Metallica's "Master Of Puppets" has a similar theme.
Martika (her real name is Marta Marrera) was born in May 1969 in Whittier, California. Her Cuban parents left their home country during a revolution. Martika started acting before launching a recording career, appearing in the film version of Annie in 1982 and on the TV series Kids Incorporated from 1984 to 1986. In 1988 her first single, "More Than You Know," landed on the American charts; a year later, this was released as the follow up."
Stacy Ferguson was one of the background singers on this. She starred in Kids Incorporated with Martika and went on to become Fergie of Black Eyed Peas.
Eminem sampled this on his 2004 song "Like Toy Soldiers."

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