“When Deni was born, she had me all day, and a nanny when I went to work,” the musician told Stellar about her daughter's upbringing.
Aside from a nanny, Marcia was grateful to have her mother’s guidance during the formative years of Deni’s life.
"She said, 'you've chosen a very strange career, so if you can't take care of your baby send her home'. I didn't send her home then, but that support was great to hear,” she told AWW.
However, as Marcia prepared to go on tour, she decided the environment wasn’t suitable for her youngster and took Deni back to Jamaica (her parents’ birth country).
In 1975, Deni and Esme came to Australia to live with Marcia, a move for which the singer is forever thankful.
"I won't say my mother was a saint, but I think some people just are good mothers, and I was really blessed to a great mother," the Australian Idol alum told AWW. "Deni had two parents; her gran and me.”
Three years into Deni’s life, Marcia told the father about her existence, and while they were in contact, he wasn’t an active part of her childhood.
As her baby grew up, Marcia’s protective role didn’t waver, with the musician telling Body + Soul that as a mother, "you always worry, no matter what age your 'baby' is".
The From The Inside singer even confessed that she hammered her teen daughter’s window shut when she spotted a boy climbing out of it.
As for Deni’s ascent into the music industry, Marcia told Stellar in 2017 she was “surprised” that the Masked Singer alum followed in her footsteps.
“We sang at home a lot, but I thought she wanted to be a coroner. Music was an integral part of our home, so she decided to do that. She has such a beautiful voice, one of the most unique voices I’ve ever heard.”
Shared musical talent aside, over the years, Marcia and Deni’s relationship has only gotten stronger, with the former revealing that their communication skills have improved.
“The teen years are rough. The older Deni gets, the more she realises how hard it is to be a parent. We do all we can. My relationship with Deni is really cool now; I like it. We are similar in a lot of ways.”