Margie has always loved singing. When she was a young child, she remembers hearing Sue Thompson singing “Norman” and Hank Locklin’s “Send Me the Pillow that You Dream On” - and at that point, she knew she was destined to sing. Unfortunately, because she was so shy and her parents weren’t musically inclined, her talent and her dreams to sing took a while to surface. As a young girl in school, she always joined the school chorus groups and listened to the radio – basically, her formal training in music.
When she met the right man, married him, and fulfilled her greatest dream of becoming a mother – she shared her love for singing with her children by singing them to sleep. She and her family attended church regularly, and Margie always loved singing praises to the Lord during worship. Then one day, Margie’s children grew up… she had no excuse – it was now time to do what God had intended for her to do… which was to sing.
Margie was discovered kind of by accident. She had gotten up and sang at a karaoke bar during a vacation to the beach. Her friends were very surprised that she had this hidden talent. Plus, Margie realized that she was not embarrassed – and she found joy in sharing her talent with others. She started singing at retirement homes and nursing homes as a volunteer. The residents enjoyed hearing her – and she felt she had been given the fulfilling gift of sharing her God-given talent with those special folks.
Someone soon discovered that Margie could sing in the special way Patsy Cline used to sing. This fellow was putting on a big benefit at the local Civic Center. He begged her to share her gifts for a good cause… plus she would get to sing on a big stage in the Concert Hall for about 30 minutes with 1,500 people in attendance. Margie practiced and prepared, wearing a shiny red sequined dress for this special show – Margie found her place, she was home. Her friends told her “a star is born” and she began her journey on trying to learn the business of becoming a professional singer. Many shows later, many performances later, Margie is still plugging away. She has learned from some very talented performers what works and she has also discovered there is an art to singing and performing – that’s why they call singers “artists.”
As much as Margie loves singing the Patsy material, she decided to pursue her own style of singing. She discovered that country gospel is her favorite. After going through the difficult time of having her precious mother, Peggie, pass away, Margie recorded a country gospel album. She knew this is where her heart really is, sharing the message of the Lord with others through song. Margie still enjoys singing good old traditional country songs – but she tries to sing songs with a good message or songs of hope.
Margie first recorded just outside of Nashville at the legendary country singer, Razzy Bailey’s studio. Razzy was very kind to Margie. She was able to work with some very experienced musicians and they taught her quite a bit about recording. Two of the musicians also helped produce the album. Mike Dunbar and Robert Thames worked with Margie prior to her entering the studio – so that by the time she recorded – she was really ready! The results were exceptional. Margie’s second CD was recorded at Razzy’s studio also. This album consisted of 90% Patsy Cline songs. She elected to do this project because every time she performed – audiences wanted to buy her “Patsy” songs – and Margie likes to make sure her audience gets what they want!
After Margie lost her Mother – she found her gospel roots – and recorded her country gospel album, “I Saw the Master This Morning.” Margie recorded this project at a small studio in Calhoun, Georgia. The results were good because Margie had some of the best musicians from Tennessee she and her producer, Robert Thames, could find.
Margie started releasing songs on compilation disks to Europe and Australia. Audiences in other places were given the chance to hear Margie’s special songs sung her way. Margie always had the dream to go to Europe or Australia and perhaps do a tour. She traveled to Australia to perform at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, a festival that happens to be one of the largest country music events in Australia. Before Margie traveled to Tamworth, she decided she wanted to have one more CD with the best country and country gospel songs she could find – record it at one of Nashville’s better studios and use some of her favorite musicians. She was also fortunate to have Mr. Harold Bradley play on this project. Mr. Bradley is Owen Bradley’s brother. The Bradleys were very important to helping many of Nashville’s great country artists record – including Margie’s idol, Miss Patsy Cline. “Margie Cumbie sings Country” captured the Nashville sound of the 1960’s especially when The Jordanaires joined her on two of the songs.
Margie is proud of her opportunity to be able to fulfill her dream of being a singer. When the right opportunities come her way, she plans on recording and performing and oh yes, singing as long as God will let her.
Margie is married and has three grown sons, one grandson, and five granddaughters.