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Dec 31, 1969:

Margie Perez

Margie Perez is a dynamic and vivacious performer specializing in a versatile blend of Blues, Pop, and New Orleans Funk. She has put together a fabulous band with whom she performs at clubs, festivals, and parties. She had a fantastic debut with her band at the 2010 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. She also performed for the second year at the French Quarter Festival. In 2009 she charmed an international audience at the Radio Indigo & Blues Festival in Bangalore India and played for the first time at the Freret Street Festival in New Orleans.

She has released a great CD, "Singing For My Supper", on Threadhead Records, a label dedicated to funding projects by New Orleans musicians. "Where Yat?" Magazine calls the CD "a pleasing eclectic mix of styles and tempos." It is receiving regular airplay on New Orleans radio station WWOZ as well as WLUW in Chicago and CHUO in Ottawa canada.

Originally from Washington DC, Margie's 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 also sang for the powerful Blues diva Marva Wright who said about her, “If you don’t know her now, you will.”

It's no wonder "Offbeat" magazine says Margie "is one of the hardest working musicians in New Orleans." Besides leading her own band, she is featured vocalist in Fatien Ensemble, a perfect mix of Jazz and West African percussion. They played the 2009 and 2010 French Quarter Fest and the 2009 Jazz Fest. She is also a member of the Afro-Cuban percussion and vocal ensemble, Michael Skinkus and Moyuba. In 2007 they performed at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, and in 2008 they took home the Big Easy Award for Best World/Reggae band. She also sings with Smoky Greenwell and the Blues Gnus, and is featured on his latest CD, “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 also shows her Rock and Roll side as lead singer of the psychedelic party band, the Ibervillians.

In August of 2008, Margie received the honor of a lifetime. She was invited to represent New Orleans in a prime time speech on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention.

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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