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Margo Rey
Margo Rey's Organica.jpg
A photo from Margo Rey's photo shoot with Mauricio Velez in Bogota
Background information
Birth nameMargarita Reymundo
Also known asMargo Reymundo
Born(1966-10-18) October 18, 1966 (age 47)
Acapulco, Mexico
GenresPop, jazz, bossa nova
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1990–present
LabelsOrganica Music Group
Websitemargorey.com
 
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Margo Rey
Margo Rey's Organica.jpg
A photo from Margo Rey's photo shoot with Mauricio Velez in Bogota
Background information
Birth nameMargarita Reymundo
Also known asMargo Reymundo
Born(1966-10-18) October 18, 1966 (age 47)
Acapulco, Mexico
GenresPop, jazz, bossa nova
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1990–present
LabelsOrganica Music Group
Websitemargorey.com

Margo Rey (birth name Margarita Reymundo-Jurado, born October 17, 1966) is a singer-songwriter whose original stage name was Margo Reymundo[1] and more recently has taken the stage name of Margo Rey.

Early life[edit]

Margo Rey was born in Acapulco, Mexico and grew up in Arlington and Dallas, Texas,[2] being the youngest of five children in the family. Her mother, Juana-Amparo Jurado, was a Flamenco dancer, and her father, Alejandro Reymundo, was a cliff diver. When Margo was two, the couple moved to Fort Worth, Texas.[3] She was raised close to the Dallas music scene, and began performing at the age of 11.

Career[edit]

The Early Years[edit]

Margo Rey performing live at the "After Dark" event at THE Blvd, Beverly Wilshire Hotel

In Texas, Margo took classical music training under the tutelage of classical voice professor, Dr. Luther Stripling.[4]

As a teenager, Rey was the lead vocalist in Debutante (or The Debs)[5] – an all female rock band in Arlington, Texas. The band toured the U.S. as well as playing to audiences overseas. In 1988, The Debs self released an album, These Boots Were Made For Walkin'. In the early 1990s Margo began singing in a 3 piece, power-pop band called The Ritual. The band garnered interest from Columbia Records, but on the verge of signing, the band broke up. Margo was hired by a Dallas venue, Sambuca.[4][6] She became the bandleader of a Latin Jazz/R&B sextet called Miss Margo & The Lost Souls.[4]

The album, Acaba,[7] boasted one top five and two top twenty singles as well as the number one music video for four weeks, according to Radio y Musica magazine. The album’s success landed Margo her first major record deal in 1997 with PolyGram Latino. However, due to corporate consolidation, Margo found herself in label limbo and for three years her album wasn’t released but she could not exit her deal either.[6]

Musical Theater and Voice-Over[edit]

In 1998 actor Edward James Olmos heard Margo sing and recommended her for a principal role in the bound-for-Broadway musical Selena Forever, where she was eventually portraying Selena’s mother, Marcella.[8] This role launched a career in musical theatre for her and was the impetus for her move to New York City in 2000. Margo Rey's theatre credits include: Saturday Night Fever, Latin Heat, Like Jazz, Señor Discretion Himself, Zorro (musical), and Canta Luna.

Margo moved to Los Angeles to pursue and create music on her own terms while supporting herself as a voice over and on screen actress. She was signed by one of the top agencies for voice-over in the country, Abrams Artist Agency, and has a long roster of national commercial spots, as well as a role in the Disney movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua.[9] She also has been a commercial vocalist for Juniper Music and has done voice-over work in TV commercials and national advertising for a variety of companies including American Airlines, Dillard's, Frito-Lay and PepsiCo; performing in both English and Spanish.[10]

Margo Rey and her style "Organica"[edit]

Margo’s description of “Organica” is an unorthodox hybrid of pop music that is rooted in Jazz with deep ethno-rhythmic grooves, textural guitars, keys and lush vocals.[11] In 2009, she self released her album My Heart’s Desire and appeared as a guest on the Dr. Phil show, where she performed the song Between Us from the album.[12] The album received the 2009 Muse’s Muse award for Best Overall CD Project In Any Category.[13] “When she sings of love, passion and devotion, she actually sounds as if she means it. Her sentiments are not complex or tortuous, but rather humbly and simply about affairs of the heart.” – says Brooke Horrocks in the review of My Heart’s Desire for Jive Wired.[14]

Margo Rey on the red carpet for the "After Dark" charity event at THE Blvd, Beverly Wilshire Hotel

My Heart's Desire Track List

No.TitleLength
1."Organica"  0:10
2."My Heart's Desire"  5:03
3."Tell Me"  5:16
4."Wrapped Around Your Finger"  7:49
5."Andrew"  0:18
6."Between Us"  4:42
7."Picture This"  4:46
8."You Belong To Me"  4:56
9."Picture the Way Back"  0:17
10."The Way Back"  6:24
11."Strap In"  0:04
12."I Saw You"  4:58
13."Ain't No Sunshine"  4:47
14."Chimes"  0:23
15."Couldn't Be More Wrong"  6:14
16."Thank You"  0:34

Her music caught the attention of two-time Grammy-nominated comedian Ron White, television mogul Dr. Phil McGraw, and Michael Blakey (music producer) (former president of Virgin Records/2K Records). Together, Michael Blakey and Ron White formed Organica Music Group and made Margo their first signing.[15][16]

A year later, Organica launched Rey’s original dance single EP called Habit (Remixes), which debuted at #7 and climbed it’s way to #1 for two straight weeks surpassing Madonna, Ru Paul, Beyoncé and Lady GaGa on PerfectBeat.com.[17] Habit also broke into the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs Chart and shot up with a bullet for nine weeks from #47 to #28. It has been on this chart for ten weeks. The dance EP featured seven remixes of the song by Tracey Young, DJ Mike Bordes, Rod Carrillo, Klubjumpers, and Mike Cruz.[11] In the end of 2011 Rey’s song “Let The Rain”, which she co-wrote with John Oates, remained on the charts for 21 weeks, peaking at #17 of Billboard magazine's Adult Contemporary chart.[18] This release caused Billboard magazine to take note, calling hers "a notable achievement, considering the format's almost exclusive reliance on multi-format hits released on major label.".[19][20] The track received the title of “Hot Shot Debut” on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, additionally earning her kudos in the magazine’s “Bubbling Under” column.[21] The following radio single "Between Us" climbed to #21 on the Billboard AC Chart right after, in August 2012.[11]

In 2011, she also released a Christmas EP, This Holiday Night, which broke the Top 20 of the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts.[18] The title song This Holiday Night was co-written by Margo Rey and Barrett Yeretsian (co-writer and producer of Christina Perri’s Jar Of Hearts) and is an original composition with the feel of a traditional holiday classic. The other two songs on the EP are seasonal favorites Silent Night and Toyland.[22]

Current Activities[edit]

Margo Rey’s album Habit, released in July 2012 by Organica Music Group, produced by Margo Rey in collaboration with Elton Ahi and Chris Wabich. Together with the latest Billboard hits, it unleashed thirteen songs, all of which are original, except She's Not There – a cover of The Zombies's hit. Reflecting on the direction of Habit Margo explains: “I wanted something ‘lo-fi’ as opposed to the cloned sounds of today’s pop culture environment. I needed my music to sound like me rather than the equipment it was recorded on. Plus, I feel a huge affinity – love affair even – for the singer/songwriter era of the seventies and eighties.”[23][24]

Ms. Rey employed a technique as simple as it is novel in today’s recording environment. She gathered her musicians in a room and they recorded music together. “Habit” was recorded and mixed at Rusk LA by Elton Ahi, mastered by Yossi Shaken.[25][26]

Reviewing Habit for Indie Music Digest, Cyrus Rhodes says: “From start to finish Habit is an impressive catalogue of music. The music is warm, marketable, uplifting and very passionate. The pin drop moments are amazing, and her falsetto is to die for. All songs are consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove.”[27]

Habit Track List:

No.TitleLength
1."Habit"  4:19
2."Let the Rain" ((featuring John Oates))3:32
3."Between Us"  4:08
4."Get Back"  3:40
5."I Saw You (Again and Again)"  4:30
6."I’ll Give My Heart"  3:21
7."Couldn’t Be More Wrong"  3:51
8."Saturn Returns" ((feat. John Oates))3:21
9."Pla$tic Karma"  3:43
10."Roses"  3:04
11."10 Reasons"  3:38
12."You’ll Be Coming Back"  3:31
13."She’s Not There"  2:36

Margo’s latest single Tempted, the cover of Squeeze (band)'s 1980s track, has started its journey at #28 on the National AC Airplay Chart on Billboard, the week of May 26, 2013.[18][28] After several male renditions of the British rock band’s piece, Margo decided to turn the tables with an updated pop/R&B female version of the classic tune.

Tempted brings out a smooth vibe while still displaying Margo’s very own melodic flair. The single became available for radio adds on May 13, 2013 and available for a US digital release on iTunes on May 28.[29]

"When I was approached about doing a cover for my next single, I knew immediately that Tempted was the song I wanted to sing and re-arrange as an homage to this very talented band, Squeeze which actually had 3 different singers in the song Glenn Tilbrook, Chris Difford, & Paul Carrack,” states Margo on her thoughts of the making of Tempted. “I had a fantastic time producing it with my dear friend and collaborator, Barrett Yeretsian."[6]

Touring[edit]

In addition to touring in support of her albums, Rey has been appearing at various clubs and venues all over the country 2010 through 2013.[30][31] She was a resident at the B. B. King’s Blues Club all year round in 2011 and 2012. Together with Ron White and her LA band Margo Rey put on numerous shows entitled “Ron White Presents: Margo Rey Live”, hosted by the famous comedian himself, and with guest appearances that included John Oates among other famous musicians.[32][33][34]

In the end of 2012 Margo Rey accompanied saxophonist Dave Koz as a guest singer on his "Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2012" tour between Thanksgiving and Christmas 2012. The tour also featured the performances of David Benoit, Javier Colon, and Sheila E.[35][36][37] During the tour Margo performed her song This Holiday Night as well as the Charlie Brown Christmas song Christmas Time Is Here.[38]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2008: My Heart’s Desire
  • 2010: Get Back (Remixes)
  • 2012: Habit

EPs[edit]

  • 2010: Habit (Remixes)
  • 2011: This Holiday Night

Singles[edit]

  • 2010: You Belong To Me
  • 2011: Let The Rain (featuring John Oates)
  • 2012: Between Us
  • 2013: Tempted

Charting[edit]

TitleYearPeak chart positions
US AC[18]
US Hot Dance Club Songs[11]
"Habit"201028
"Get Back"201135
"Let the Rain" (featuring John Oates)17
"This Holiday Night"18
"Between Us"201221
"Tempted"201317
"—" denotes release that has not charted.

Philanthropy[edit]

Margo Rey is a breast cancer survivor, but as she prefers to call it – a breast cancer warrior.[39] In the midst of battling breast cancer, Margo hasn’t stopped pursuing her music.[40] She received much recognition after performing at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel for a special one-night event benefitting Noreen Fraser Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on raising funds for women’s cancer research.[41] Being an active philanthropist, she is also the supporter of Mercy Breast Centers, “Demand Cures Today”, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Frank Sinatra Charity, The Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center, the Armed Forces Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and other charities.[38][42][43]

Personal life[edit]

Rey's brother is comedian Alex Reymundo.[32] She is married to comedian Ron White.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reymundo Jurado, Margarita. "My Story". Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Interview with Margo Rey". AMFM Magazine. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Brian Lush. "Wrapped Around Her Finger - Margo Reymundo talks to RockWired about her CD My Heart's Desire". RockWired.com. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  4. ^ a b c DFW.com. "Margo Rey - bio". listings.dfw.com. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  5. ^ Reymundo, Margo. "My Story". Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c ElectraStarMgmt.com. "Margo Rey - bio". Electra Star Management. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  7. ^ Tejano Music Express (2013-02-24). "Margo Reymundo - Acaba". tejanomusicexpress.glogspot.com. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  8. ^ Burr, Ramiro. "On Stage". On Stage. Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  9. ^ IMDb.com. "Margo Rey - Credits". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  10. ^ Milne, Jeff (2009). Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon: The Complete Guide to the Movie Trivia Game. ISBN 9780615285214. 
  11. ^ a b c d MargoRey.com. "Margo Rey - Artist Statement". MargoRey.com. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  12. ^ "Dr. Phil Show". 
  13. ^ Muse's Muse (2009-11-22). "The Best CD Project in Any Category... Margo Reymundo!". MusesMuse.com. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  14. ^ Brooke Horrocks (2011-09-04). "CD Review - My Heart's Desire by Margo Rey (Margo Reymundo)". JiveWired. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  15. ^ Organica Music Group (2010-05-27). "Comedian Ron White and Acclaimed Music Producer Michael Blakey Partner to Form Organica Music Group". MarketWire.com. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  16. ^ Blakey, Michael. "Interview with Producer Michael Blakey". Actors Entertainment. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Margo Is Number 1 In Perfect Beat Top 40". Electra Star Management. 2010-06-06. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  18. ^ a b c d "Billboard Charts". Billboard.com. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  19. ^ "Let The Rain". VH1. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  20. ^ Carlin, Shannon (10 August 2012). "Margo Rey: How A Falling Airplane, A Wedding Proposal and John Oates Created Her First Single". CBS Radio. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  21. ^ "Billboard's Bubbling Under". Billboard.com. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  22. ^ MargoRey.com. "Margo Rey, This Holiday Night Liner Notes". MargoRey.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  23. ^ MargoRey.com. "Margo Rey's Music, "Habit" Liner Notes". MargoRey.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  24. ^ Red Velvet Media (2012-12-13). "Holly Stephey and Margo Rey new CD "Habit"!". BlogTalkRadio.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  25. ^ Miles High Productions. "Organica Music Group Recording Artist Margo Rey Releases Her New CD "Habit" And Prepares For Her Upcoming National Holiday Tour With Dave Koz". MilesHighProductions.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  26. ^ Discogs.com. "Margo Rey - Habit, Credits". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  27. ^ Cyrus Rhodes. "CD REVIEW: Margo Rey - Habit". IndieMusicDigest.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  28. ^ Electra Star Management (2013-05-28). "Margo Rey's "Tempted" Begins Its Journey On Billboard AC Chart". ElectraStarMgmt.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  29. ^ MargoRey.com. "Margo Rey, Tempted Liner Notes". MargoRey.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  30. ^ "Review of Margo Rey". HobNob St. Petersburg. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  31. ^ "Margo performs at Pearl at Commerce". TheaterJones. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  32. ^ a b Nikki Villoria (2011-02-11). "Ron White, Margo Rey share love for performing, Las Vegas and each other". LasVegasSun.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  33. ^ Caroline Fontein (2011-01-28). "Ron White talks about tater salad, whiskey and why he loves performing in Vegas". Blog.Vegas.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  34. ^ Doug Elfman (2011-12-08). "Ron White more interested in swilling than shilling". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  35. ^ Electra Star Management (2012-06-15). "Margo Rey Will Tour With Dave Koz in 2012". ElectraStarMgmt.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  36. ^ Tampa Bay Newspapers (2012-11-20). "Dave Koz and Friends bring Christmas Tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall". TBNWeekly.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  37. ^ Rey, Margo. "Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Show 2012". Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. 
  38. ^ a b AM FM Magazine (2012-11-24). "Margo Rey Interview". AMFM Studio News. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  39. ^ Fresh 102.7 (2012-10-23). "Margo Rey Talks About Surviving Breast Cancer And Its Effect on Her Music". Fresh1027.cbslocal.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  40. ^ Doug Elfman (2013-04-29). "Spirited singer Rey fights cancer again". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  41. ^ Beverly Wilshire Press Center (2012-09-13). ""Drink Pink" This October at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel". Press.Fourseasons.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  42. ^ MargoRey.com. "Margo Rey Philanthropy". MargoRey.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  43. ^ Janet Newcomb. "Fun Weekend Benefits The Barbara Sinatra Children's Center". Desert Charities News. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 

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