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Latter Rain

by Margie Joseph

Gospel
Genre: Spiritual: Contemporary Gospel
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1. Latter Rain
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2. I'll Bear You Up On Eagles' Wings
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3. Move On Up A Little Higher
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4. I Will Always Sing For Jesus
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5. Spirit of the Lord Says Come
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6. Walk Around Heaven
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7. When Jesus Walked He Walked For Me
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Album Notes
If the name Margie Joseph sounds familiar, it should. Many of you may remember her days in secular music when recording for Stax and Atlantic Records produced by renowned persons like Arif Mardin, Lamont Dozier, Darryl Carter, Fred Briggs and the late Johnny Bristol to name a few. Often having been compared to many other great female soul sisters in the 70’s, Joseph, with her captivating and soothing voice, has decided she will Always Sing For Jesus, a contemporary sound from the new CD, Latter Rain, to be released on February 21, 2006.

It has often been a difficult task for some blues, jazz or R&B recording artists, to "crossover" to the gospel venue. However, Margie Joseph is not apprehensive about it at all. She says, "I have revered God and have been a Christian all of my life and I am only being obedient to Him." After a 20-year hiatus of seeking God and working as program manager in community- and faith-based organizations, Margie believes she is ready to evangelize the Word through her new gospel CD titled Latter Rain. The new gospel CD, produced by Dale Ramsey and recorded in Atlanta, Georgia, is on her label, Sistahpraise Records Inc., the name inspired by her own beliefs that she was born to praise the Lord God.

The Mississippi native grew up in church and always had a passion to sing. It wasn’t until she attended Dillard University in New Orleans that her dream of a singing career became reality. It all started at a meeting with DJ Larry McKinley. Joseph recalls the poignant moment. “Larry had heard about me from my colleagues and requested that I audition for him. He really liked what he heard and arranged for me to perform with the late great jazz artist Cannonball Adderly,” she recounts. “Then, it was on to Muscle Shoals to cut my first two recordings produced by the famous Willie T (Turbington) and George Davis, with the Okeh label, a Columbia Records subsidiary,” she says.
Later on, she moved to another imprint, Volt, a Stax Records subsidiary, where she recorded a Billboard- charting single Your Sweet Lovin'/What's The Matter Baby in 1970. That hit was followed by others like two remakes of The Supremes classics, Stop In The Name Of Love and My World Is Empty Without You. As fate would have it, Joseph eventually was signed to Atlantic Records and connected with famed record producer Arif Mardin, who at the time was known for his earlier work with Aretha Franklin. That collaboration led to other successes like her musical interpretations of Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together and Paul McCartney’s My Love, a Top Ten charting single for Joseph in 1974. What is largely viewed as a peak of Joseph’s secular music career was the 1975 release of her album entitled Margie. Working with the legendary Lamont Dozier, of Holland-Dozier- Holland, the project spawned cuts like Words (Are Impossible) and I Can’t Move No Mountains. Other projects followed, as did a hiatus from the industry.

Margie states, “Life was good. I was singing and performing. But for whatever reasons, I decided that I had enough of label-to-label moves. So, with some young girl unrealistic expectations and accompanying disillusionment, I bowed out of recording and performing for a while. I pursued a variety of careers in education and finally rested in Human Services. My humanitarian attribute was always there dormant beneath the starry-eyed young woman,” she mentions.

With the call of music still ringing in her ears, she returned to the industry in 1982 with a HCRC recording, Knockout. The title tune turned out to be one of her best singles to date and remained on the charts for more than 6 months. In 1984, she dropped another project - this one a Narada Michael Walden/Randy Jackson creation called Ready For The Night. Four years later, she was back with Stay, an Ichiban Records release. That project, ultimately, was her last mainstream release.

Joseph has sung, worked with, toured with the legends of soul music including Lou Rawls, Donny Hathaway, Barry White, Luther Vandross, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, The O’Jays, Fats Domino, Blue Magic, just to name a few. Although she’s had successes in secular music that many only dream of, the words of a relative always stuck with her. “My grandmother had always told me, ‘you should be singing for the Lord’”, Margie says. “She said, ‘you know you should not be singing in the world.’ Deep down, I always believed that my grandmother was right.”

Margie Joseph is now following her loving grandmother’s advice. The born-again Christian is preparing to release her first gospel CD, Latter Rain. The CD is a mixture of traditional, contemporary and urban gospel music. Joseph believes this potpourri of sounds gives each listener what they like and believes they will be pleased. Latter Rain, a contemporary title cut with a unique soul beat speaks to the spirit of one who keeps the faith regarding the on-going restoration of God’s people. The fluid sound of the saxophone complimenting Margie’s voice on I’ll Bear You Up comforts the soul of the listener. With much conviction, Margie beautifully paints a picture of the believer’s redemption in When Jesus Walked, He Walked For Me. This CD exemplifies the sincerity of Margie’s stance and faith. Gospel fans are sure to be delighted with the traditional songs Walk Around Heaven and Mahalia Jackson’s signature song Move On Up A Little Higher. Joseph has really put her heart and soul into this one and demonstrates her leap of faith into the gospel arena. What a jump start!

Ministry is at the heart of Joseph’s life and she feels there’s a need for healing to the world’s hurting people. “I look at a world that is almost hopeless and in despair. I think we all need to do many random acts of kindness as well as edify our brothers and sisters in the word of God. It’s so important that people realize there’s no one else to trust but God.”

Joseph’s CD is a collection of songs of encouragement and faith. She believes the music and the message mirror the mind and heart of Christ. “I feel that God has truly breathed upon these songs. I believe the CD will be a blessing for the gospel community,” says Joseph. “The project not only is so close to my heart, but reflects my growth as an artist and a singer. Growing up, my favorite singers were Sarah Vaughan, Mahalia Jackson, Patsy Cline, Clara Ward. There was such a great array of singers I was influenced by and patterned myself after. But now, when I listen to the CD, I hear Margie. Some people may come to know themselves earlier; I may have been a late bloomer, but now I know who I am in Christ. This is what I want to sing,” she says.

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Glen Billingham

A beautiful voice sings beautiful songs!
Margie sounds just as good as she did when she left off in 1988, perhaps even better. Even though this is a gospel album, this isn't a church album. The songs are smooth and contemporary and Margie's warm and soulful voice makes each song a real pleasure. Great to have her back again.
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Liz Taylor

Wonderful,,Magnificant
Margie's soulful voice and anointed spirit has truly ministered to myself and others. This one is great!
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LJefferson

Margie Joseph Is Still A Great Voice
I have most of Margie Joseph secular music and this gospel CD still show Ms. Joseph in fine vocal form. You will not be disappointed in her performance.
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Francesc

What a skillful performance!
I've been waiting too much time for a new album of this wonderful woman. Listening to it is like being in heaven!!!. Ms. Margie Joseph has an amazing voice and on this CD she demonstrates that she is still the same. This is a religious album, anyway the tunes are so modern and really cool. If you are looking for a nice album, this is yours!.
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