Margie Adam is a singer/songwriter known to the feminist and progressive communities for her blend of passionate love songs, goofball humor, and thoughtful political observation. In the decade spanning the mid-'70s and early '80s, Adam helped to define and expand notions about women's music as an art form, a political force, and an industry.
While performing on university campuses, at festivals, in theaters, clubs, and at the conventions of many major women's organizations (NOW, Women in the Law), Adam created a recorded body of work on her own label, Pleiades *Records. Her albums include Margie Adam and Songwriter (1976), a solo piano album; Naked Keys (1980), recorded live; We Shall Go Forth! (1982), and Here Is a Love Song (1983).
Highlights of Adam's performance history include the thrilling experience of leading 10,000 women at the National Women's Conference in Houston in singing a three-part harmony version of "We Shall Go Forth!" The song was later placed in the archives of the Political History division of the Smithsonian Institution. In 1980, the National Women's Political Caucus sponsored Adam on the first national concert tour designed specifically to raise funds for feminist candidates. Adam had the honor of headlining a concert at Constitution Hall which coincided with the July 1, 1982 Equal Rights Amendment ratification deadline and which was attended by members of 80 national women's organizations.
In 1984, Adam came off the road for a "Radical's Sabbatical." In the intervening years, she studied piano and voice and returned to college, where she obtained credentials for working in the field of chemical dependency.
To the surprise of many, particularly Margie Adam herself, she began to write music again in 1990 after a six-year hiatus. As she developed a new repertoire, Adam made the decision to perform the music in public. Constant requests for a new recording led her to gather together a group of women musicians to record her latest album, Another Place, which exemplifies the balance of humor, politics, and passion which is the hallmark of Margie Adam's work. ~ Laura Post