Zeola Gaye

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Zeola “Zee” Gaye is the youngest of four siblings born to Alberta and Marvin Gay, Sr. in 1945. Her siblings are Michael, Marvin, Frankie (all deceased) and sister, Jeanne, who lives in New York. Zeola relocated to Los Angeles in the early 1970’s to join the rest of the Gaye family after living in Atlanta, Georgia for four years. She presently splits her time between her home in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Los Angeles, California. Zeola has two lovely daughters, Kim and Monique, and the joy of her life, her grandson, Domonique.

During the late 70’s, Zeola traveled with her famous brother, singer Marvin Gaye, who always adored and protected his baby sister Zee. Zeola was a large part of Marvin’s life, working with him on tour in many capacities, as well as singing background on his hit “Got To Give It Up,” and performing as one of his dancers on his European and U.S. tours. Zeola served as personal assistant to her brother on his last tour “Midnight Love.” She spent most of
her time with Marvin, during his ups and downs after his tour ended in 1983, until his untimely

Zeola’s credits include writing and co-producing the successful stage play, My Brother Marvin. She is currently collaborating with her sister, Jeanne Gaye on the stage play My Brother Marvin II. “My Brother Marvin, a Memoir by Zeola Gaye” is Zeola’s new book about life with Marvin, and is long overdue—twenty seven years to be exact. Zeola felt that she and her family could no longer live with all of the rumors and inaccuracies that have been written or taped in documentaries about her brother and her family.

Finally Zeola has written the true untold story, and is setting the record straight about her brother Marvin. Fans around the world who loved and appreciated Marvin and his music, will appreciate the book, “My Brother Marvin, a Memoir by Zeola Gaye,” written by, and from the heart of his sister.

My Brother, Marvin, A Memoir by Zeola Gaye © 2011

From the back seat of the limousine trailing the hearse carrying her beloved brother’s body, Zeola ("Zee") Gaye looks retrospectively at the sometimes comical, sometimes
shameful, but ultimately, fateful events in her and Marvin’s life that led to this day. It is a day that she never dreamed would be; when she would have to face the tragic and untimely death
of her superstar brother, Marvin Gaye.

In a world full of strife and an earth being destroyed by man himself, Marvin feels his role is to express his dissatisfaction with apathy and politicians who seem only to care about
themselves. Marvin is all about love for God, mankind, nature, and healing, yet his own life is so often filled with pain and the escape that drugs provide.

Looking back, there are obvious signs that Marvin is on a downhill path to his demise. From
the trials and pain of dealing with crooked promoters, to his mother’s impending death, to
his fights with Father, and his precious children being withheld from him by his ex-wife, in
his final years, Marvin loses his will to keep fighting the forces that wanted to destroy him.
Zeola feels blessed to share life with Marvin, but through her own drug-hazed world she
simply cannot stop her brother’s self-destruction in time. Their lives intertwine for many
years as Zeola witnesses first-hand Marvin’s world of creativity, travel, fans, drugs, battles,
and betrayals. In the end, Marvin has endured all he can take and finally just wants to be
with God.

Now, 27 years after his death, after the many lies and inaccuracies that have been written
about Marvin and his immediate family, Zeola knows it is time to set the record straight
with truth and brutal honesty. We hear directly from Marvin's sister about her brother's
brilliant, yet turbulent life and why he left us so soon. In her tell-all memoir, Zeola includes
a shocking handwritten letter by Marvin, which Marvin specifically requested be published.
Zeola’s book was edited by her niece, Angie Gaye, and her Foreword was written by
Grammy Award Winner, Carlos Santana.