Margo Rey

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Margo Rey
Margo Rey's Organica.jpg
A photo from Rey's photo shoot with Mauricio Velez in Bogota, Colombia
Background information
Birth name Margarita Reymundo-Jurado
Also known as Margo Reymundo
Born (1966-10-18) 18 October 1966 (age 51)
Acapulco, Mexico
Genres Pop, jazz, bossa nova
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1990–present
Labels Organica Music Group
Website margorey.com

Margo Rey (born Margarita Reymundo-Jurado; 18 October 1966) is a Mexican singer-songwriter whose original stage name was Margo Reymundo.[1]

Early life[edit]

Rey was born in Acapulco, Mexico and grew up in Arlington and Dallas, Texas,[2] 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 Rey was two, the family moved to Fort Worth, Texas.[3] She began performing at the age of 11.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

In Texas, Rey took classical music training.[4] As a teenager, Rey was the lead vocalist in Debutante,[5] an all-female rock band in Arlington. The band toured the U.S. and overseas. In 1988, Debutante self-released an album, These Boots Were Made For Walkin'. In the early 1990s, Rey began singing in The Ritual, a power-pop band. The band garnered interest from Columbia Records, but on the verge of signing, they broke up. Rey was then 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 group's debut album, Acaba,[7] had one top-five and two top-twenty singles, according to Radio y Musica magazine. The album's success landed Rey a major record deal in 1997 with PolyGram Latino. Due to corporate consolidation, Rey 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 voiceover work[edit]

In 1998, actor Edward James Olmos heard Rey sing and recommended her for a principal role in the bound-for-Broadway musical Selena Forever.[8] This launched a career in musical theatre in New York.

Rey moved to Los Angeles to make music while working as an actress. She was signed by Abrams Artist Agency.[9] She has been a commercial vocalist for Juniper Music and has done voiceover work in TV commercials and national advertising for a variety of companies in both English and Spanish.[10]

Musical style[edit]

Rey calls her style of music "Organica", 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 released her album My Heart's Desire and appeared as a guest on the Dr. Phil show, where she performed Between Us.[12] The album received the 2009 Muse's Muse award for Best Overall CD Project In Any Category.[13]

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

Rey's music caught the attention of comedian Ron White and music producer Michael Blakey, a former president of Virgin Records/2K Records. Blakey and White formed Organica Music Group and made Rey their first signing.[14][15]

A year later, Organica launched Rey's original dance single EP called Habit (Remixes), which debuted at No. 7 and climbed its way to No. 1 for two straight weeks.[16] Habit also stayed on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs Chart for nine weeks.[11]

At 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 No. 17 on Billboard magazine's Adult Contemporary chart.[17] The track was named a "Hot Shot Debut" on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.[18] The following radio single, "Between Us," climbed to No. 21 on the Billboard AC Chart in August 2012.[11]

In 2011, Rey released a Christmas EP, This Holiday Night, which appeared in the Top 20 of the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts.[17] The title song was written by Rey and Barrett Yeretsian.[19]

2012-present[edit]

Rey's album Habit, released in July 2012 by Organica Music Group, was produced by Rey, Elton Ahi, and Chris Wabich. "Habit" was recorded and mixed at Rusk LA by Ahi and mastered by Yossi Shaken.[20][21]

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

The single Tempted, a cover of Squeeze's 1980s track, charted at No. 28 on the National AC Airplay Chart on Billboard, the week of May 26, 2013.[17][22]

Live performances[edit]

Rey was a resident at the B. B. King's Blues Club in 2011 and 2012. Together with White and her band, Rey put on numerous shows entitled Ron White Presents: Margo Rey Live, hosted by White, and with guest appearances that included John Oates.[23][24][25]

At the end of 2012, Rey accompanied saxophonist Dave Koz as a guest singer on his "Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2012" tour between Thanksgiving and Christmas.[26][27][28]

Discography[edit]

Philanthropy[edit]

Rey is a metastatic breast cancer survivor.[29] She performed at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel at a one-night event benefiting the Noreen Fraser Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds for women's cancer research.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Rey's brother is comedian Alex Reymundo.[23] She was married to comedian Ron White from 2013 to 2017, with whom Rey's brother tours as White's opening act.

Rey filed for divorce in July 2017. White contested that they were never legally married, as they never signed papers and common law is not recognized in California or Georgia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reymundo Jurado, Margarita. "My Story". Retrieved 1 September 2012. [permanent dead link]
  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. Archived from the original on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Reymundo, Margo. "My Story". Retrieved 1 September 2012. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b ElectraStarMgmt.com. "Margo Rey – bio" (PDF). Electra Star Management. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  7. ^ Tejano Music Express (24 February 2013). "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 (22 November 2009). "The Best CD Project in Any Category... Margo Reymundo!". MusesMuse.com. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  14. ^ Organica Music Group (27 May 2010). "Comedian Ron White and Acclaimed Music Producer Michael Blakey Partner to Form Organica Music Group". MarketWire.com. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  15. ^ Blakey, Michael. "Interview with Producer Michael Blakey". Actors Entertainment. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Margo Is Number 1 in Perfect Beat Top 40". Electra Star Management. 6 June 2010. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  17. ^ a b c d "Billboard Charts". Billboard.com. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "Billboard's Bubbling Under". Billboard.com. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  19. ^ MargoRey.com. "Margo Rey, This Holiday Night Liner Notes". MargoRey.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  20. ^ 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. 
  21. ^ Discogs.com. "Margo Rey – Habit, Credits". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  22. ^ Electra Star Management (28 May 2013). "Margo Rey's "Tempted" Begins Its Journey on Billboard AC Chart". ElectraStarMgmt.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  23. ^ a b Nikki Villoria (11 February 2011). "Ron White, Margo Rey share love for performing, Las Vegas and each other". LasVegasSun.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  24. ^ Caroline Fontein (28 January 2011). "Ron White talks about tater salad, whiskey and why he loves performing in Vegas". Blog.Vegas.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  25. ^ Doug Elfman (8 December 2011). "Ron White more interested in swilling than shilling". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  26. ^ Electra Star Management (15 June 2012). "Margo Rey Will Tour With Dave Koz in 2012". ElectraStarMgmt.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  27. ^ Tampa Bay Newspapers (20 November 2012). "Dave Koz and Friends bring Christmas Tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall". TBNWeekly.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  28. ^ Rey, Margo. "Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Show 2012". Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. 
  29. ^ Fresh 102.7 (23 October 2012). "Margo Rey Talks About Surviving Breast Cancer And Its Effect on Her Music". Fresh1027.cbslocal.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  30. ^ Beverly Wilshire Press Center (13 September 2012). ""Drink Pink" This October at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel". Press.Fourseasons.com. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 

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