Hometown: New Orleans
Web site: http://www.myspace.com/margieperez
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Margie Perez is a dynamic and vivacious performer specializing in a versatile blend of Blues, Pop, New Orleans Funk, and Latin music. She has released a great new CD, "Singing For My Supper" which will soon be rereleased on Threadhead Records, a non-profit record label which funds projects by New Orleans artists.
She proudly makes New Orleans her home and has put together a fabulous band with whom she performs at clubs, festivals, and parties. They performed at the 2007 and 2008 Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Festival. In 2009 they played the opening slot at the French Quarter Festival.
Originally from Washington DC, her first visit to New Orleans opened up a world of unlimited musical possibilities. She soon released her debut CD, "Part-time Goddess", filled with catchy tunes blending a Pop sensibility with an often hilarious take on love and relationships. Her infectious tune "Ooh Baby La La" won First place in the Pop category of the Songwriter's Association of Washington's 14th Annual Mid-Atlantic Song contest.
Here’s what New Orleans music legend Allen Toussaint had to say about Margie: “Not only is she a great singer, but she’s also a great songwriter. She’s taking New Orleans music in a direction I’ve never seen before.” He invited her to sing backup for him at the 2007 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. She is also a background singer for the powerful Blues diva Marva Wright who said about her, “If you don’t know her now, you will.” Margie also performed at JazzFest 2007 as a member of the Afro-Cuban percussion ensemble Michael Skinkus and Moyuba. In 2008 they took home the Big Easy Award for Best World/Reggae band.
Her star continues to rise. She is featured on the latest CD by Smoky Greenwell and the Blues Gnus, “Between Iraq and a Hard Place”. They played the 2008 French Quarter Festival. You can hear her on the latest CD by the Crescent City All-Stars featuring New Orleans trumpeter James Andrews, “People Get Ready, Now.” Of which the Gambit says “Charmaine Neville and Margie Perez shine on background vocals”. She is also a featured vocalist in the Fatien Ensemble, a perfect blend of Jazz and West African percussion. Fellow members include Dr. Michael White and Jason Marsalis. They performed at the 2009 French Quarter Festival and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
And if that’s not enough to keep her going, she is now acting. She starred in the television pilot “Dixie Melodie” and is represented by New Orleans talent agent Rebecca Hale.
In August of 2008, Margie received the honor of a lifetime. She was invited to give a prime time speech on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention! It's on Youtube! Margie is a happy homeowner in the Habitat for Humanity Musician’s Village. She looks forward to many porch front jams in her promising new community.
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