Margo Rey’s highly anticipated CD, “Habit,” features her smash single, “Between Us” as well as her chart-topping hit, “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 a “Hot Shot Debut” on Billboard Mainstream AC Charts as well as earning her kudos in “Billboard” magazine’s “Bubble 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.
Margo has a diverse and loyal fan base and, given her track record, her following is understandable. In less than a two-year span she has delivered five hits in diverse genres that include Adult Contemporary as well as Dance and Pop. She also charted two #1 Dance hits and, if that’s not enough, Rey also generated an original Christmas 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 extraordinary musicians in a room and they recorded (equally extraordinary) music together. If that doesn’t sound radical, it should — and “Habit” underscores the point. It’s a CD that never leaves the human vibe behind. It revels in it and, if anything, deepens it.
Margo has produced a collection of songs that reverberates with a gamut of emotions. Greed, love, lust, doubt, remorse, obsession and crazed vulnerability are all present — in abundance. “I hope listeners respond to the penetrating pulse in each of these songs. They’re an exploration of my contradictory feelings over the past two years. Roll all of those emotional tangents into a set list and you have, well, something that I hope will become a ‘Habit.’”
The album unleashes thirteen songs, all of which are original. One exception is a gorgeous cover of The Zombie’s hit, “She’s Not There.” If you think you’ve heard the song before, think again. This version has more down-under burn than most people can handle. But it gets better. Ms. Rey will be on tour. So hang on. Or, better yet, let yourself go.
Organica Music Group is a boutique media company with four divisions that include: music; stand-up comedy; publishing; television and film. OMG’s distributor is Universal Music Group. Michael Blakey serves as President and has worked with top artists around the world, receiving over 60 gold and platinum albums, 5 Grammy nominations and selling over 140 million albums. “Habit” was recorded and mixed at Rusk LA by Elton Ahi, mastered by Yossi Shaked, produced and arranged by Margo Rey in collaboration with Elton Ahi and Chris Wabich. Ron White and Michael Blakey are Executive Producers of the album and partners in OMG.