Marva King is an extradioary talent most known for her starring role in the 75 plus million dollar-grossing DVD, “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”.
In Diary, King plays the spurned, attractive, feisty and vengeful housewife Helen. King has far more to her stellar resume than just Diary. She is heard on albums by Phil Collins, Tupac Shakur, Prince, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Cliff, Chaka Khan, and Lionel Richie, just to name a few. She co-wrote the Whispers’ single, “Innocent”, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Hot Singles Chart. “Innocent” sold over 1 Million copies world wide. She has performed live with artists like Lenny Kravitz, Seal, and Will-I-Am, and has toured with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Prince, and The Isley Brothers, according to her accomplished bio.
Young Urban Voices Magazine, has a chance to catch up with King and see how things are going with her in the entertainment sector.
How did you get started in the entertainment business?
Marva King: Both of my parents were singers. My mom was a gospel and classical singer and pianist. My dad was a gospel and secular singer. I always knew that I would be in entertainment. By age 18 I moved from Flint Michigan to Los Angeles to pursue my dream career in the entertainment industry. I was fortunate to land my first job with Stevie Wonder as a back-up singer in Wonder Love.
YUV: What motivated you to audition for the Tyler Perry, “Diary of a Mad Black Woman?”
MK: Actually I didn’t audition. I was blessed with the role that was introduced to me by an associate by the nickname of “Tanky”. I credit him for being the one that connected me to Tyler and his investors/show promoters.
YUV: How was that experience staring as the lead in the stage play, “My Husband’s Woman?”
MK: Well, we are in the process of working on the filming production of the show as I type. 😉
YUV: When did you start getting involved in music?
MK: I’ve been in music from the perspective of being a performer since age 8.
YUV: What is your proudest achievement in your career?
MK: Sustainability. One, the fact that I can still work with my health and strength along with vocal skills is a true Blessing. Two, learning to produce music tracks, and three, learning the business structural side of the music industry.
YUV: What is next in your entertainment career journey?
MK: More music, television and the launch of my culinary career.
YUV: What is your advice for anyone who wants to break into the entertainment industry?
MK: Sharpen your recognizable skills and learn the business of the industry you choose to pursue.
YUV: What is the hardest obstacle you’ve faced as an actress in this business?
MK: Choosing between the love and devotion of music and acting.
YUV: Did you know you always wanted to be in the entertainment industry?
Like did you work in other professions before this one?
MK: I knew and verbalized that I would be in the entertainment industry by the age of 10.
YUV: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
MK: I am very excited about the diverse role that I will portray in My Husband’s Woman. A true opportunity to exhibit skill.
YUV: Do you have a way we can follow you online?
MK: Facebook/Marva.king.90, Twitter Marvakang, Instagram, MarvaQueenking.