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Margaret "Margie" Cox, also known as Ta Mara, is an American singer. She is best known as the lead singer of Minneapolis sound band Ta Mara and the Seen, and for her work with Prince.
Cox was born in Kenitra, Morocco and moved to Minneapolis with her family when she was seven years old. She learned to play several instruments, including piano, guitar, and drums.
Cox attended Marshall-University High School and sang in the nightclub Bootlegger Sam's in Dinkytown when she was in ninth grade. She graduated to other bands, including Raggs in 1980, the Doug Maynard Band, the T.C. Jammers, the Peterson-Cox Band (with Patty Peterson), Rupert's Orchestra and, in 1987, Dr. Mambo's Combo (now just the Legendary Combo). She also sang on a local "Bar Wars" compilation LP, and on the final Lipps, Inc album.
Ta Mara and The Seen
In 1985 Cox formed a band called The Seen and was noticed by Jesse Johnson, guitarist with Minneapolis band The Time. Johnson renamed Cox "Ta Mara" and helped the band sign a deal with A&M. He also produced their first album, Ta Mara and the Seen, and co-wrote all of the songs. The band had one major hit with "Everybody Dance" but in 1989 they broke up after releasing their next album, Blueberry Gossip.
Work with Prince
Cox is a long-time associate of the singer Prince and his band The New Power Generation. In the early 1990s, she recorded more than 25 songs with Prince for a band to be called M.C. Flash, although the album was never released. She also covered Prince's "Standing at the Altar" for his 1994 compilation album 1-800-NEW-FUNK, and the song was released as a single.
Cox co-wrote "I Need You" with Johnson, which appeared on Paula Abdul's 1988 album Forever Your Girl.