On stage, Morgan sparkles with charm. She offers the crowd a warm, genuine performance of original songs that beautifully depict the unavoidable sorrows and the wonderful life-affirming joys we experience growing up. Her magic is that sincere, country pop poetry that is reminiscent of the early days of Taylor Swift. Named a top artists to watch in 2016, we’d say she is still one to watch in 2017.
Hi Morgan! Thank you so much for chatting withÂ Front Stage Magazine! Give us a background on yourself and how you got started in music.
HelloÂ Front Stage Magazine, thank you for reaching out!! I was born and raised in a small town called Williamsport in Pennsylvania. Literally since I could talk I was singing and picking up playing instruments or would be singing into random objects around my house! Quickly my mother, being a teacher, knew I had some talent because no one else in our family history was musical. So from there I started taking lessons in piano, guitar, dance, and performing in musicals. Obviously so much more went into getting where I am today, but I got started in music because it was just my calling, it made me so happy. My parents saw that love and encouraged it. However, just when mom and I thought we made it, we were still far away…
Why country music ?
Country music is who I am. I believe in what it stands for: family, faith, and our patriotism. Country music starts from telling a story. I was so drawn to this genre because of the storytelling, especially from the songwriters behind the music. Many times the artist is both the writer and performer, which certainly drew me to idolize so many greats. There’s a true love and wholesomeness from the sound and I stand by that musically and personally.
What song that you have recorded means the most to you and why?
For many years I was a caretaker and nanny for a women who had ALS and two young children, while I was working on my career. Her and her husband eventually made me the guardian as her disease worsened. Eventually she lost her voice which was so devastating. At this time it was so hard to write about anything but the difficult situation we were facing everyday. I ended up writing a song called “Goodbye Lullaby,” which breaks down how she wanted to say goodbye to her children but she could physically no longer. She cried when I played it for her, but they were tears of gratitude. I sang that song for her funeral and it holds a dear place in all of our hearts. It’s more than a song.
If you could have penned one song in any genre, what would it be?
Well, just because this song will forever move me, I am going to say “Hallelujah.” This song is so beautifully written, you can interpret it in so many different ways in every aspect of your life. The melody is hauntingly beautiful with a desperate desire for love. The song took year’s to write so I guess it deserves to be absolutely legendary!
What is the question interviewers never seem to ask you and…you wish they would?
I think I was asked this once, but I enjoyed the honesty of the question… If theres anything you could have changed in your career so far what would it be? My answer: To remain positive about yourself and stay focused on the love that has brought you to this point. I wish I hadn’t listened to so many opinions because it made me more confused about who I was. Be strong within your soul of who you are and want to become.
Are you still nervous before going on stage and if so, do you use any “rituals” to calm you nerves.
I don’t really get nervous about going on stage, unless my voice is tired from just alot of shows in a row. But before I go on stage, if I have time, I get ready listening to Frank Sinatra to chill out and make a cup of Awake Tazo Tea with honey and I eat a whole spoonful of honey as well. There are times that I will drink olive oil to sooth my throat too, yep its gross! My band and I also try to circle up and pray, it helps us be in the moment together to make music as a team. The last thing I always do right before I step on the stage is say, “thank you, thank you, thank you, for the magnificent outcome of having a great show.”
You were named by multiple publications â€œTop Artist to Watch in 2016.â€ What were some the highlights of 2016 for you.
It’s seriously been a year of pinching myself. To be inÂ Country WeeklyÂ magazine several times was so surreal. I still look back and feel like it didn’t happen.Â Rolling StoneÂ andÂ BillboardÂ are seriously a dream come true. As a musician it’s what you grow up using as the Bible. Again so many publications had little ole me on these list’s and I just feel so honored and blessed.
Any 2017 New Years Resolutions?
I definitely want to release the new music I’ve been working on for the last three months in a much bigger way. It’s time to grow my team and I know I’m ready for that. I would love to get radio airplay, play some of my dream stages, and just be able to get my music out there! Being able to do what I love everyday, who could be luckier. (Now for my grandmother, she’d probably say I need to find a man LOL, not right now grandma!)
Finally,Where can we keep up with you and your music?
My website:Â www.morganmyleslive.comÂ and follow me on my socials all @morganmyleslive. You can find my most recent EP release on all digital sites likeÂ Spotify,Â Pandora,Â Apple MusicÂ and check out my new music videos atÂ VevoÂ &Â Youtube!
Thank you Morgan, we wish you continued success and look forward to what you have for us in 2017.
ABOUT MORGAN MILES:
Morgan Myles â€œmakes soulful country with warm echoes of rock and R&B, sprinkled with moments that recall why Faith Hill, Shania Twain, and Sheryl Crow transcended their respective genres,â€ acclaimsÂ The Boston GlobeÂ of her recent independently released EP Miss Morgan Myles. Featured in theÂ iTunesÂ New Music, New Artist and Spotlight On Women Of Country categories, Myles undeniably refreshing EP hit No. 22 on theÂ iTunesÂ Country music chart and landed her on several 2016 Artist To Watch lists. Named one of just a handful of artists â€œpoised to tackle 2016â€™s music scene head-onâ€ byÂ Nashville Lifestyles, the triple threat vocalist, songwriter and guitarist has been featured inÂ Country WeeklyÂ Magazine three times for â€œWhoâ€™s New, EP Review earning an amazing B+, and Artist to watch in 2016.â€™Â Rolling StoneÂ also named Myles as ones to watch! Myles namedÂ Taste Of Country.comâ€™s Hot Artist To Watch and Criticâ€™s Pick, andÂ MySpace.com has called her an artist that â€œhas â€˜it â€“in spades.â€ Myles stunning new six-song collection includes lead single, â€œWhiskey Dreaming,â€ and the music video for the song exclusively released onÂ CMT PureÂ last fall as well as her summer anthem, â€œWe Wonâ€™t Go Home,â€ which premiered onÂ BillboardÂ and became part ofÂ Vevo Discover.
Since moving to Nashville nearly a decade ago to pursue her music career, the Williamsport, PA native and Belmont University graduate has teamed up on projects with the legendary Vance Powell and collaborated with top tunesmiths Richie Brown (Garth Brooks, Jerrod Niemann) and Rebecca Lynn Howard (Martina McBride, Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood). The powerhouse vocalist, inspired by big voices of the 90s, has opened shows for Reba McEntire, Hank Williams Jr., Rick Springfield, Little Big Town and more. For more information, visitÂ www.MorganMylesLive.com
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