For award-winning entertainer MORGAN KARR, luck is not something that happens to you; luck is something you create. A Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter, Morgan was born in Nashville where he began voice & piano lessons at the age of nine. Growing up in the heart of Music City exposed him to genres ranging from country and gospel to pop music and musical theater. Through these influences and inspirations, he's cultivated a style that is unmistakably his own.
Following a successful 2010, where Morgan won first place in "Amateur Night" at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, Morgan released his self-titled EP on May 11th, 2011,co-produced by Grammy-nominated Producer Juan Patiño (Lisa Loeb's "Stay"), Kevin Fisher (Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans), and Cliff Goldmacher. The EP broke the top 100 Singer/Songwriters on iTunes in the first week of its release. In 2012 he won the John Lennon Songwriting Competition through Sonicbids to perform at the annual NAMM Convention in Anaheim.
Morgan has called Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Nashville home - but home is a feeling and his music, a reflection. Many may remember Morgan from his work on Broadway in the 8-time Tony Award and Grammy-winning pop musical "Spring Awakening," but along the way he has gained an international following. Morgan's videos have over 100,000 views on YouTube and he maintains active profiles on Twitter and Facebook. Most unique to Morgan is his online street team -- the 11:11 Army -- which boasts members from around the world. 11:11 is a reminder that inspiration can come in any shape or form or moment. The key is to remain open to it.
Mariah Carey once called Morgan "My biggest rival."
Then he woke up.
For more information, visit www.MorganKarr.com
MORGAN KARR - Lead Vocals/Keyboards
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MORGAN KARR (EP) - May 2011
** top 100 Singer/Songwriters on iTunes
Listen! New Artist Morgan Karr is Bridging the Gap Between Country and Soul Music
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Who is Morgan Karr? Try an attractive Nashville-bred singer/songwriter who’s look is bookish, yet se...Who is Morgan Karr? Try an attractive Nashville-bred singer/songwriter who’s look is bookish, yet sexy; and who’s sound is reflective of someone who’s no stranger to musical theatre—without the cheesy Glee-esque trimmings (whew, so over that show).
A former cast member of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, Spring Awakening, Karr’s musical influences are varied—Stevie Wonder and Rascal Flatts among them. And While his music carries a spirit of country—possibly a result of his hometown—the boy knows his way around a good soulful riff and run.
His self-titled three track EP, released digitally this past May, features production by Grammy-nominated Producer Juan Patiño, Cliff Goldmacher and Kevin Fisher.
I personally became #TeamMorgan, after hearing his cover of One Republic‘s “Apologize”, beautifully mashed with Jon McLaughlin‘s “Human”.
What say you, are you liking?
Monday's Oasis Center benefit 'Feels Like Home' for Nashville native Morgan Karr
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On the heels of his May 11 self-titled debut EP, Nashville-born singer/songerwriter/actor/artist Mor...On the heels of his May 11 self-titled debut EP, Nashville-born singer/songerwriter/actor/artist Morgan Karr returns to Music City Monday, June 13 for a one-night only benefit concert at Mercy Lounge, raising money and awareness for Nashville's Oasis Center.
With a bio that reads like a classic success story, Nashville's own Morgan Karr moved from Music City to New York's Big Apple to pursue a career in the performing arts. While studying at Northwestern, Morgan was cast in the multi-Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Spring Awakening. During his time with the show--the final six months of it's Broadway run--he was a member of the ensemble, as well as understudy for second male lead, Moritz.
In 2010,Karr performed in--and won 1st place honors-- at Harlem's iconic Apollo Theatre as a contestant at the famed Amateur Night At The Apollo competition. Taking full advantage of the momentum his talents generated, Karr took his act on the road and across the country with sold-out performances at landmark venues from NYC's Rockwood Music Hall,Joe's Pub and The Bitter End to LA's Barre Vermont, with a recent EP release party in Philly.
As for what genre of music Karr fits into, he doesn't. After sampling some of his recent work, including videos of recent shows and tracks from his self-titled 3-song EP, it's difficult to peg Karr's musical stylings with just one genre. By looks alone, he favors the style of a modern-day Buddy Holly or perhaps a reinvisioned member of Rat Pack. Combine that with a vocal style somewhere between Rufus Wainwright and Robbie Williams , along with some serious tickling of the ivories and it's easy to see why his official bio touts, "His music sits at an intersection of genres including pop, soul, rock and country which many affectionately characterize as “too theater to be pop, and too pop to be theater.”
Instead of categorizing Morgan Karr as too this or that, suffice it to say, Morgan Karr presents the perfect mix of talent, looks, stage presence and style to label the up-and-coming talent, one to watch.
Monday night's Mercy Lounge concert will no doubt showcase Morgan's original songs I Don't Want to Be Right, Today and the appropriately titled, Feels Like Home, but you can also expect the versatile performer to throw in a few covers from such artists ranging from Bruno Mars to Maroon 5 and yes, Broadway fans, Morgan's sure to incorporate a showtune or two into the setlist.
Tonight won't be the first time Morgan has teamed with Oasis Center, a local organization dedicated to helping Nashville youth in crisis. According to an article Karr himself penned for Oasis Center's website, he first became affiliated with the not-for-profit Oasis Center when he was a sophomore in High School. He continued to work closely with the organization during his junior and senior years, as part of their Oasis Youth Council. As a senior, he became a Youth Representative for their Board of Directors and became their first-ever teenage co-chair, alongside his Mom, Jackie Karr. In his Oasis Center article, Karr revealed, "Coming Back to Nashville to play my first concert while raising money for the organization that taught me to never give up--it's the best way to finally come home."
Morgan Karr: A Benefit for The Oasis Center at Nashville's Mercy Lounge will begin at 7pm on Monday, June 13. Tickets are available in three levels. $15 for Students (18+), $25 for General Admission and $50 for a special VIP Package, with all proceeds from the event benefitting The Oasis Center of Nashville. At the time of this article, online ticketing for this event has closed. All remaining tickets can be purchased at the door.
For more about The Oasis Center, CLICK HERE. To purchase Morgan's self-titled EP, CLICK HERE.
typical 45 min show:
Feels Like Home -- Where You Belong -- When My Heart is Gone -- Crashin' the Party -- If I Knew You Back Then -- Reunion -- (a cover song or two) -- By Heart -- I Don't Want to Be Right -- Waterproof
The set list depends on how long we are scheduled to play. A typical 45 min set will be about 10 songs. With shorter sets, we usually keep all the songs upbeat to keep it moving.