Margie Joseph was born in Gautier, Mississippi, and sang in her church choir. In 1967, during her time attending Dillard University in New Orleans where she studied speech and drama, she recorded some demos at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. This led to her debut on the Okeh label, “Why Does a Man Have to Lie?”.
In 1969, she signed with Volt Records, a subsidiary of Stax, and recorded the single “One More Chance” with producer Willie Tee. Her next single, “Your Sweet Lovin'”, produced by Freddy Briggs, became her first hit, reaching # 46 on the Billboard R&B chart. Its follow-up, a version of The Supremes’ “Stop! In the Name of Love” also became a minor hit on the pop chart (# 96 pop, # 38 R&B). An eight-minute version of the track, arranged by Dale Warren, together with an Isaac Hayes-inspired rap entitled “Woman Talk,” featured on her 1971 album, Margie Joseph Makes a New Impression. Her second album, Phase II, in 1972, also featured a Supremes’ cover, “My World Is Empty Without You,” but failed to achieve the same success.
She then signed to the Atlantic label and worked on three albums with producer Arif Mardin, winning her comparisons with Aretha Franklin. A string of R&B hits followed, with her version of Paul McCartney’s “My Love” becoming her most successful record, reaching # 69 on the Hot 100 and # 10 on the R&B chart in 1974, though Cashbox magazine placed the song at #4 R&B. The next album Margie in 1975 is sometimes regarded as her creative peak and contained the singles, “Words (Are Impossible)” and “Stay Still”, both reaching the R&B chart. She then recorded with the popular Philadelphia group, Blue Magic, having another hit with a duet version of “What’s Come Over Me” (R&B # 11).
In 1976, she moved to Cotillion Records to make the album Hear the Words, Feel the Feeling, produced by Lamont Dozier, the title track reaching # 18 on the R&B chart. Returning to Atlantic, she recorded the album Feeling My Way in 1978 with producer Johnny Bristol, but without great commercial success and she was released from her contract. After recording an album with Dexter Wansel for the WMOT label, which went unreleased after the label closed down, she decided to turn to a teaching career. However, in 1982, she recorded the single “Knockout” for the small H.C.R.C. label and it became her last big hit, reaching # 12 on the R&B chart. She re-signed to Cotillion and recorded the 1984 album Ready for the Night with producer Narada Michael Walden, but was then dropped by the label.
In 1993, hip-hop female trio Salt-N-Pepa used Margie’s 1970s single “Your Sweet Lovin'” for their hit single ” None of Your Business.”
She returned to work in human services, while also recording a gospel album, Latter Rain, released in 2006.
Many of her earlier recordings have been reissued on CD. There is also a CD which features Margie, Blue Magic and Major Harris, recorded live at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, released in 2006 on the Collectables label.