Margo Rey (born Margarita Reymundo-Jurado) is a singer-songwriter whose original stage name was Margo Reymundo and more recently has taken the stage name of Margo Rey.
Margo Rey was born in Acapulco, Mexico and grew up in Arlington and Dallas, Texas, 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. She was raised close to the Dallas music scene, and began performing at the age of 11.
The Early Years
In Texas, Margo took classical music training under the tutelage of classical voice professor, Dr. Luther Stripling.
As a teenager, Rey was the lead vocalist in Debutante (or The Debs) – 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. She became the bandleader of a Latin Jazz/R&B sextet called Miss Margo & The Lost Souls.
The album, Acaba, 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.
Musical Theater and Voice-Over
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. 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. 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.
Margo Rey and her style "Organica"
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. 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. The album received the 2009 Muse's Muse award for Best Overall CD Project In Any Category. "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.
My Heart's Desire Track List
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.
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. 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. 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. 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.". 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. The following radio single "Between Us" climbed to #21 on the Billboard AC Chart right after, in August 2012.
In 2011, she also released a Christmas EP, This Holiday Night, which broke the Top 20 of the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts. 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.
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."
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.
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."
Habit Track List:
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. 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.
"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."
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. 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.
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. During the tour Margo performed her song This Holiday Night as well as the Charlie Brown Christmas song Christmas Time Is Here.