Ex-Pittsburgher's song on 'Scandal'

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They're playing her song, and Pittsburgh native Margie Balter couldn't be happier.

Ms. Balter, who grew up in Squirrel Hill, graduated from Winchester-Thurston and studied jazz at the University of Pittsburgh, said it is "crazily wonderful" that a number from her CD, "Music From My Heart," will be heard, possibly twice, on ABC's hit show "Scandal" on Thursday.

"I heard it might be in a restaurant scene," said Ms. Balter, who is a fan of the show but will be, appropriately, walking a red carpet that night at the LA Music Awards. "I'll have to tape it," she said.

The song, a piano solo called "Bluesie," was previously chosen for the 2010 feature film "Date Night," with Steve Carell and Tina Fey.

Hollywood music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, who selects songs for everything from "Mad Men" and "Scandal" to "The Hunger Games" trilogy, obtained "Bluesie" via Ms. Balter's licensing agent, Crucial Music.

Getting music placed is a tough business, she said.

"This is a success, but last week, I had, like, 50 'noes,' " Ms. Balter said. "It's a hard thing., "You have to be made of some sort of steel and I'm a Pittsburgh girl; I'm made of it."


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