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In 1972, Margie Hunt re-located to Nashville from New Mexico to work with Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter at Waylon Jennings Enterprises, located in the Glaser Studio building on 18th. Ave. Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Roger Miller, Tony Joe White, Dobie Gray, Guy Clark, Kinky Friedman, Harlan Howard, Billy Swan, Shel Silverstein and many more called this their second home. This “hangout” laid the groundwork for the “Outlaw Movement” and the eventual Highwayman recordings.
In the fall of 1976, Bonnie Garner hired Margie as her secretary in the A&R department at CBS Records. Working at the biggest record company in Nashville, under Bonnie’s tutelage, she learned the inner workings of a major recording facility at a time when many of the biggest artists were on the roster. Hunt worked with Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Marty Robbins, Earl Scruggs Revue, Charlie Daniels, Sonny James, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton and more. In 30 years Margie worked directly with over 100 artists including the new wave of artists signed to the label, Ricky Skaggs, Doug Stone, Collin Raye, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patty Loveless, Sweethearts of The Rodeo, Montgomery Gentry, Marty Stuart, Rickey Van Shelton, Shenandoah, Exile, Travis Tritt & the Dixie Chicks, among others.
In 1983 Margie worked closely with newly signed Ray Charles. Between 1983 & 1988 Mr. Charles recorded six albums for CBS. His Friendship album generated five hit singles including the #1 hit “Seven Spanish Angels” with Willie Nelson which stayed on the charts for 27 weeks and became a country standard.
During her tenure at CBS/Sony, Margie was promoted five times. In 1994 Sony created the first in-house, full time Film & Television Dept., which she headed. In this new position she was responsible for the utilization and exploitation of over 60 years of hits and over 50,000 country recordings. CBS/Sony was the first label in Nashville to actively pursue country catalogs for use in film and television. During this time, Hunt placed music in over 30 major motion pictures and television programs.
In 1997 she was promoted to Sr. Director Product Development. As a producer and executive producer, Margie received two Grammy awards.