Her first album, 1988's Martika, spawned the anti-drug abuse song “Toy Soldiers”, which was a top 5 hit in the United Kingdom and many other countries. In the U.S., "Toy Soldiers" spent two weeks at #1 and was certified Gold by the RIAA. Two additional releases also went Top 40 in the U.S., "More Than You Know" (#18) and "I Feel the Earth Move" (#25, a remake of Carole King’s #1 from her classic album Tapestry). Both of those tracks also hit the top 20 on the Dance charts in the U.S.
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.