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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 has performed with her band at the French Quarter Festival, the Freret Street Festival, and in 2009 she charmed an international audience at the Radio Indigo & Blues Festival in Bangalore India.
Her latest release, "Singing For My Supper" (2010) is on Threadhead Records, a fan-funded label dedicated to releasing 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 stations in Chicago, Memphis, St Louis, and Ottawa, Canada.
You can hear Margie on a wide variety of CD projects such as “People Get Ready Now” (2008) by the Crescent City All-Stars featuring New Orleans trumpeter James Andrews, of which “Gambit Weekly” says “Charmaine Neville and Margie Perez shine on background vocals.” She joined Smoky Greenwell & the Blues Gnus on “Between Iraq and a Hard Place” (2009) and sang the title cut on “Right On!” by the Dixie Menthol Kings. (2011) Her proudest contribution is joining Blues legend Irma Thomas and the late Herman Ernest on “Could Have Been Worse” from the “Nine Lives-A Musical Adaptation” (2011) by Paul Sanchez and Colman deKay.
She contributed songs she penned to numerous CDs.“Don’t Forget It’s Christmas” is on “A Very Threadhead Holiday”(2009), “Mardi Gras Carnival” featuring Al “Carnival Time” Johnson is on Mystery Street Records compilation “Frenchmen Street” and her infectious award winning tune “Ooh Baby La La” is on Mystery Street’s second compilation, “Vieux Carre” (2011) and on the rerelease of “Get You A Healin’” (2010) a CD benefitting the New Orleans Musician’s Clinic, she donated “I Love You: The Hypochondri-addict’s Song”.
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 have played Jazz Fest, the French Quarter Fest and Congo Square Rhythms Festival. She is also a member of the Afro-Cuban percussion and vocal ensemble, Michael Skinkus & Moyuba. They have had multiple Jazz Fest appearances and in 2008 took home the Big Easy Award for Best World/Reggae band. She shows her Rock & Roll side as lead singer of the psychedelic party band, the Ibervillians. Her latest project is an upcoming CD on Threadhead Records as The Honeypots, a harmonious Girl group with Lynn Drury, Monica McIntyre and August Jepson.
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 late, great Blues Queen of New Orleans, Marva Wright who said about her, “If you don’t know her now, you will.”
And if that’s not enough to keep her busy, she is now acting. She has been in a number of local commercials, starred in the television pilot “Dixie Melodie”. She is represented by Hale Talent in her acting endeavors.
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.