Following her role in Kids Incorporated and Be Somebody, Martika was signed by CBS Records as a potential Madonna-like pop star. Her first solo release, however, was released only in Japan. "We are Music" was recorded to promote Sony cassette tapes in the Japanese market, where the song was released in the 12", 7" and CD formats.
Further releases from the debut album were "Water", a modest hit in the UK and Australia, and "If You're Tarzan I'm Jane". The album was certified Gold in the U.S. in 1989.
In 1991 Martika was approached by Prince and became one of the “Prince Protégées”. The collaboration managed to score a U.S. Top 10 single, her second and last to date, with "Love... Thy Will Be Done", despite peaking at #31 on the Hot 100 Airplay charts and at #24 on the Hot Singles Sales charts. Her second album, Martika's Kitchen, peaked at #111, and the title track received only minor airplay. However, the album was a significant success abroad, though on a lesser scale than her debut, spawning hits with the songs “Coloured Kisses” and “Temptation”. However, it faded quickly from the charts and went out of print.
Martika played the role of the lounge singer and undercover cop Dahlia Mendez in the early 1990s cop show Wiseguy, opposite Ken Wahl, but the return to acting was brief and she eventually faded from the public eye around 1993.
In 1997 a greatest hits album entitled The Best of Martika: More Than You Know was released. It achieved sales figures of over 500,000 copies internationally.
In 2003 Martika joined forces with her husband, musician Michael Mozart, to form the band Oppera. Adopting a goth pop sound, she and Mozart released Oppera’s debut album Violince in 2004. That same year rapper Eminem used a sample of her biggest U.S. hit, “Toy Soldiers”, for “Like Toy Soldiers”, a track on his album Encore which entered the UK singles chart at Number 1. In response, Martika’s UK Greatest Hits album was repackaged with its title altered to Toy Soldiers: The Best of Martika. A biography was added to the album insert reflecting the new Eminem sample, though it asserted that she had not released any albums since Martika's Kitchen.
Oppera released a self-titled second album in 2005. Martika promoted Oppera's release with a Borders bookstore tour.
|1988||“More Than You Know”||Martika||15||18||10||-||32|
|1989||“I Feel the Earth Move”||Martika||7||25||7||17||2|
|1991||“Love... Thy Will Be Done”||Martika's Kitchen||9||10||8||19||1|
|1991||“Martika's Kitchen”||Martika's Kitchen||17||92||24||14||29|
|1992||“Coloured Kisses”||Martika's Kitchen||41||-||-||-||39|