|Occupations||Musician and Composer|
Margie Adam was born in 1947 in Lompoc, California. Her father was a newspaper publisher who composed music on the side, and her mother was a classical pianist. Adam began playing the piano as a child. Adam would graduate from the University of California, Berkeley in 1971.
In 1973, while attending the Sacramento Women's Music Festival, she performed during the open mic session and began her career as a professional musician. The following year, the first National Women's Music Festival was held in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Adam would co-headline the festival, alongside Meg Christian and Cris Williamson. That conference is credited as helping to form the Women's music movement, with Adam at the forefront.
Her first album, Margie Adam, was promoted with a fifty city tour which concluded with a performance of her song, "We Shall Go Forth" at the National Women's Conference in Houston. The song quickly became an anthem for the lesbian-feminist movement and is now part of the Political History archives in the Smithsonian Museum. During the early 1980s, Adams performed at various concerts and fundraisers for feminist candidates and causes, including representatives for the Equal Rights Amendment, whom she traveled on a 20-city tour for.
Adam composed the Peter, Paul and Mary song, Best Friend (The Unicorn Song). From 1975 until 1984 Adam worked with manager and music producer Barbara Price, promoting women's music and releasing her own albums on Pleiades Records. Adam challenged conventional management practices by having all-women crews during her performances and tours. After being on a "radical sabbatical," since 1984, Adam returned to writing music in 1991 and went on a national tour in 1992 to support her new album, Another Place. In 1996 she embarked on the Three of Hearts tour with fellow pianists Liz Story and Barbara Higbie. A tour to raise awareness of the service feminist bookstores made to the women's community was conducted in 1998.
Margie Adam continues to compose and perform at various venues across the U.S. and Canada. More recent work includes, Avalon (2001), Best of Margie Adam (2005), and Portal 2005.
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