Margo Rey was born in Acapulco Mexico and laid her professional foundation with over a decade of classical music training under the exclusive tutelage of classical voice professor Dr. Luther Stripling. At the age of 16, Rey fronted an all female rock band Debutante (The Debs,) who toured the U.S. as well as over- seas and also sang in a 3 piece power pop band called the Ritual before beginning a career in jazz. After becoming the band leader for the Latin/Jazz R&B Sextet Miss Margo and the Lost Souls, Rey was signed to an indie label (Exitos-Latinos) where she recorded a Tejano/Pop Spanish album. This release boasted one top five and two top twenty singles. She soon caught the attention of actor Edward James Olmos who recommended her for a principal role in the bound for Broadway musical Selena Forever . This led to a number of theatre credits including Saturday Night Fever, Latin Heat, Like Jazz, Senor Discretion Himself, Zorro and Canta Lunga. During this time period she began crafting and touring her own original music that she calls “Organica.”
“Let The Rain,” the latest single from singer/songwriter Margo Rey was digitally released on the Organica Music Group Record Label on August 16, 2011. “Let The Rain” was co-written by Margo Rey and John Oates. This is the first release from Rey’s forthcoming CD which will feature additional songs written by Rey and Oates. The album was produced by Margo Rey, Michael Blakey and Elton Ahi.
When describing the song Margo comments: “Let The Rain” is about finding solace in a time of adversity. I have very fond memories of my mother, my sister and I running outside, high heels and all and reveling in a vigorous summer rain shower. I personally always found it funny that even on a warm day, the slightest bit of precipitation would make people scatter and take cover as if they were going to rust or melt like the Wicked Witch in the Wizard Of Oz.
I have found that the challenging times are the times when I have grown and learned the most about myself and others. The “rain” is a metaphor for letting these times wash over me and sanctify me and allow me to be in the moment. I am honored that John Oates and I were able to collaborate on this song over pie and coffee in his lovely home and begin a new friendship for years to come.”
Adds John Oates: “I didn't know a lot about Margo Rey when we first met but when she began to sing I knew that there was something very special in her voice and presence. Collaborating with a writer you don't know very well can sometimes be a real crap shoot but in this case it seemed like it was meant to be. Margo brought a lot to the table with provocative lyric ideas and a sophisticated melodic sense. I think we wrote three songs the first session and of the three," Let The Rain" really stood out. I love the feminine perspective she brings to the verse imagery and there was never a doubt that she would deliver vocally when it came time to record. Every time I hear " Let The Rain” I can't get it out of my head for days... that's a very good thing ! By the way, she also plays a mean shaker.”
“Let The Rain” was serviced to AC Radio on August 8th and the song is available on all digital outlets including iTunes and Amazon.com. It has been played on Sirius XM’s The Blend and on FM AC radio stations all over the US. It peaked on Billboard’s Top 20 Pop Adult Contemporary Chart and has been living there for over 21 weeks.
On July 10th Organica Music Group released Margo Rey’s highly anticipated CD, Habit. The album features Margo’s new Top 20 charting single “Between Us,” as well as her recent hit song “Let the Rain.” The latter, co-written by Ms. Rey and the legendary John Oates, remained on the charts for an astonishing 21 weeks, making it Billboard’s “Hot Shot Debut” and additionally earning her kudos in the magazine’s “Bubbling Under” column. The duo also teamed up on the stunning cut “Saturn Returns.” Oates sings on both tracks and he provides an ideal complement to Rey’s powerful yet nuanced vocals. Listeners closest to it claim that Habit is its own brand of sonic luxury and Rey emerges as a force of nature — in heels no less.
Tune into Margo's interview on "The Sasha Marina Show"
Tuesday, December 17th at 12pm EST / 9am PST