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Songwriter Margie Hauser On The Creative Process

Margie Hauser was the first female songwriter inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the first woman to have a number-one country hit. She has spent most of her life working in Nashville’s music industry, being mentored by such greats as Ronnie Milsap. Writing songs for other people has always been Margie’s first love. She teaches, writes poetry, and occasionally lectures when she isn’t writing songs. Margie has also managed many artists throughout her career, including Ronnie Milsap and Chely Wright. Hauser, who is a native of Oklahoma, started off playing the piano and writing poetry. Her parents encouraged her to pursue a career in music, which helped her discover her true voice. Margie notes, “As a small child, I could hear what others couldn’t. I thought everybody heard music in their heads until somebody told me that only certain people did. So, I always thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m not crazy.’ So that was a wonderful revelation.”

Margie Hauser believes the key to a successful career is being true to yourself and staying flexible. Hauser says, “I think that’s the most important thing you can do. Because if you stay true to yourself, then your choices will be right for you.” In her early years working in the industry, she wanted to write songs for herself, but with time and experience, she focused more on songwriting than performing and became dedicated to this craft. Songwriter Margie Hauser explains, “I liked it better when I wrote songs and took them to others. And I didn’t like being on the spot, and I didn’t have much confidence that I could do it. So I just followed my heart and found out, yeah, my heart was always here.” Hauser has taken this passion for songwriting to new heights.

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