INTERVIEW: Margie Singleton
How would you classify your music?
As an artist I suppose I’m classified as a country music singer, however I have been influenced over my lifetime by Country, gospel, rhythm and blues the 50s rock, I guess I’m just a Dukes mixture of all those, so I don’t know what you would call me. I guess I’m just a singer OF HEART SONGS NO MATTER WHAT GENRE .
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
The Louisiana hayride, I hold dear to my heart because they gave me my first chance to do what I love to do. The Jubilee USA, the red Foley show was next to give me a chance. The first televised country music show on ABC network. Then I was honored by coming to the Grand Ole’ Opry to perform my Hit record in 1963 called ” OLD RECORDS”. Although I never became a member of the Grand Ole’ Opry, I have made numerous appearances.
What do you want fans to take from your music?
That my music was about life. Happy life, sad life, good life. Music has been a big part of my life and I can’t imagine my life without it.
How’s the music scene in your locale?
As far as country music as we knew it back in the day, it has made a 90° turn around as far as being country. However, traditional country music is still alive and well in the ears of the fans and those of us who still are diehards and continue to write and sing it.
What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
I like performing in front of a live audience because I can look them in the eye and know if they are enjoying my music. I am grateful to my fans who have stood by me through the years.
Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
“ON THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE” Is the title song on my last CD. I wrote it about the passing of my husband Leon Ashley. It is the song that touches the hearts of those who have lived it when I sing it at my shows.
How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?
This past 2 years Have been a rebirth of Margie Singleton’s music. I thought I had retired after my husband passed away, but God had other ideas for me. He gave me songs to write, songs to sing and audience is to perform to.
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
That’s a hard question, because there are so many people I have admired in this business. I always wanted to meet Vince Gill, And recently at the Medallion ceremonies I got to meet him , and I would love to write with him and share the stage with you one day.
What’s next for you?
My desire is to be able to continue writing my music and performing my music as long as the Lord gives me the songs to sing and they ability to perform them. I give all praise to my God for allowing me at the age of 82 years old to still do what I love doing. At this moment I am enjoying the success of a video of a song I wrote called JESUS IS MY PUSHER. It has been well received by my fans and I appreciate them so much.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Future Is Now”? / …