Marjorie Barnes was born and raised in New York City. In a long and diverse career in music, she has made a name for herself as a world class singer and also as an actress, with starring roles on Broadway in the musicals Hair and Dreamgirls. In the mid 70’s she worked as the lead vocalist in the renowned pop group The Fifth Dimention; touring and recording with them for two years. From 1978 – 2000, Ms. Barnes made Europe her home; living in London, Paris, Vienna and finally settling in Holland. During this time she became known throughout Europe as a first class jazz vocalist and performer, working in musicals, at jazz festivals, with symphonies and big bands and with her own trio. She also initiated jazz vocal education in the conservatories in Holland, teaching in Hilversum and the Hague. Ms. Barnes has performed in concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Las Vegas Hilton. She has appeared in concert with the Metropole Orchestra, the Rotterdam Symphony and the Tampere Symphony in Finland. She has worked alongside such artists as Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Sammy Davis Jr., Billy Eckstein, Marcus Miller and Mel Lewis.
After living in America for twelve years, Marjorie Barnes returned to Holland in 2012 in full command of her unique vocal gifts and her commanding stage presence. Her Collaboration with Equinox began in 2014, a year which saw her and the group tour Ireland, record a project with award winning Irish musician/composer and producer Bill Whelan and perform at some of Holland’s most esteemed venues, including the Doelen in Rotterdam.Marjorie Barnes and Equinox