Packing a unique brand of country music infused with elements of pop and R&B, Morgan Riley has already worked alongside of Nashville's most prominent producers, notched a Carolina Music Award nomination for Best Country Female, had one of her songs land on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart, signed a new record deal with Micheal Bloom of Solaris Entertainment and Media, and opened for country music stars Jerrod Niemann and Lee Brice. She is currently putting the finishing touches on several new songs that will be released throughout 2018. One of those songs was written by multi-Grammy winning song writer Paul Overstreet ( " She Thinks My Tractors Sexy" by Kenny Chesney, "Some Beach" by Blake Shelton.) "Paul invited me to his home and told me that he had a song that he had written just for me," Morgan remembers. " It was an amazing moment for me because Paul is one of the most prolific songwriters of all time and he is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame." Morgan's most recent album, entitled Collage, was released in 2014. The album was recorded in Nashville at Blackbird Studios, which is owned by long-time country music superstar, Martina McBride and her husband , John. Collage was produced by multiple Gold and Platinum award-winning producer Frank Green ( Garth Brooks, Kenny Rogers ) of Skytone Entertainment. "Frank was the first Nashville producer I ever worked with," Morgan says. "Our writing styles really clicked, and he was able to take my vocal style and create a sound that was country but was still influenced by other genres. I learned a lot from him. Collage is currently available for digital purchase and streaming on major platforms such as iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music, and Spotify. Morgan also has new music on the horizon with plans to release several singles throughout 2018 and a new EP dropping at the end of the year. What can fans expect from the new music? "I'm so excited about these new songs because some of them have a clear Christian influence, and those messages are deeply personal to me," Morgan explains. "And it will be the first music I'll have released under my new label, Solaris Entertainment and Media." Similar to stories told by many other artist, Morgan's love for music and performing was sparked at a early age with her brother playing a key role. " One day when I was five years old, my brother heard me singing and he ran and told my parents that they had to listen to me sing." Morgan recounts. "From that point on, everybody was encouraging me. I already had a passion for singing but that gave me a lot of confidence, and i wanted to share it with everyone." While Morgan sites artist like Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston as her early influences for singing, she also recalls her babysitter's godmother listening to George Strait on a regular basis when Morgan was staying with her. "I loved Mariah and Whitney because of their voices," she says. "But George Strait made me fall in love with traditional country music because the lyrics and music just grabbed me and made me want to sing along." It wasn't until a couple of years later that Morgan found herself bitten by the songwriting bug after listening to Jewel's Pieces of You album, which included the hit song "Who will Save Your Soul." "I took it home and listened to it over and over," Morgan remembers. "Her lyrics were so personal, and i just fell in love with her vocal talent and songwriting. That album inspired me to write more about personal things going on in my life, and suddenly writing and singing became a great way for me to escape reality and have my own outlet for what i was feeling." That willingness to open up about her personal life has since carried over to Morgan's live shows as well. She isn't shy about her faith and fans attending Morgan's performances can see a cross hanging from Morgan's microphone stand. "The crosses on the mic stand means so much to me because my mother and nanny made them to had out to guest at my wedding," she explains. "The band always says a prayer before taking the stage and seeing the cross there as I walk out is a reminder of how Jesus has influenced my life." Not only has music provided Morgan with an outlet to write about her emotions and a way to express her faith , it has also given her the ability to help others. In 2014, Morgan joined country music stars Jerrod Neimann and Lee Brice for Chords for a Cause. "I loved being a part of that event," says Morgan. "It was a benefit to raise money for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. The money raised at the show was to be used for cancer research and music therapy. It is so special when you can do something you love and use your talents to help others." Morgan has also performed at venues and events like Nashville's legendary Tootsie's World Famous Orchid Lounge and North Carolina's popular motorcycle rally Thunder in the Smokies. Away from music, Morgan enjoys spending time with her husband and three dogs, bowling, and riding motorcycles. She is active in her church and is a advocate of Saved by the Heart, an animal rescue organization based in Greenville , South Carolina. Morgan also admits that binge watching episodes of "Desperate Housewives" is one of her guilty pleasures.
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