cameron morgan

cameron morgan


Cameron Morgan music evokes a sophisticated songwriting edge with deep harmony and dynamics similar to Sufjan Stevens and Rufus Wainwright, with a feel for classic rock/pop songwriting in the vein of Beatles, Neil Young, Elliott Smith, and Billy Joel. He is a virtuoso guitarist and vocalist.


"The Ambition Tax is a record for the people", says multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Cameron Morgan.

The Ambition Tax alludes to the inescapable levy imposed on the common man today. It was entirely written and produced by Morgan, who describes this 12-song debut effort as a summation of many of my musical experiences to date.

It's a social-political concept album but it's not like there's a story with continuing characters, Morgan elaborates. I wanted to create an overview of what it's like to live in this particular moment in time when baby boomers have abandoned their ideals and Generation Xers are up to their asses in debt and why having a family doesn't seem like such a good idea anymore.

A spiritual message sung in a plaintive tenor, Zither sets the tone of the album, which ranges from delicate acoustic finger-picking to storming, effects-laden, electric guitar blow-outs.

Beyond playing all the guitars and keyboards heard on the record, Morgan proves himself a supple, earnest vocalist evocative of a less melodramatic Jeff Buckley or the younger Sting wrapping righteous socio-political convictions in Rundgrenesque Anglo-pop confections such as Wake Up Freedom, Falling Down, and Blood Red.

The industrial-strength Bottom Line and the shuffling I Get Around are both tied into the album's titular concerns. In Bottom Line, the music business is just a metaphor, says Morgan. Our whole society is built on the idea that if you work
real hard, you might get a break. But then you realize that it's not how hard you try, it's about how much you can sell yourself.

The jazzy, minor-key Pollution Blues addresses burning ecological issues with a blazing guitar fade that parallels and echoes the fiery images and fretgrinding exit found in Falling Down.

A gently percussive Nov 26, 2004 serves as a peaceful refuge from the album's opening salvo. That song is designed to be a palate-cleanser, explains Morgan, it's if it were the last cut on the first side of the album, which in the case of the
vinyl version of The Ambition Tax it is.

Underscoring the album's release date, the flamenco-flavored 4th Of July is in Morgan's words meant to be celebratory, but takes on a darker vibeas evidenced in the National Anthem-quoting vocal refrain that erupts out of the parade drumming-driven Amerika.

The album's closing tracks, the inexorably building Close and the pop standard-inspired In The Heart, are love songs that yearn for a simpler life that remains tantalizingly out of reach for now.

For my debut album, I wanted to incorporate all these different musical elements into songs that said something about life in 2005 and build from there. This album is just the foundation for the future.
Who is Cameron Morgan?

When Cameron is not performing and writting his original music, he juggles many musical hats...

He performs across the globe, with Mass Ensemble; creators of the worlds longest stringed instruments. The last two Mass Ensemble records, Planet String, (to be released early 2008) and Golden Sun, features him on Aquatar; an instrument that incorporates, Sitar, Bass, Guitar, and Harp Strings. He plays guitar, sings, and writes for this unique group.

He also records and performs in a variety of musical settings from straight ahead and free-form jazz to singer-songwriters, rock, classical, blues, acoustical settings, and soundtrack work.

Here's a sampling of artist's worked with: Jesca Hoop, Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction) and Banyan, Wynton Marsalis, Frank Sinatra (remix), David Lynch, Beenie Maupin (Herbie Hancock), Jerome Dillion (NIN), Tony Franklin, Kofi Baker, Dave Palmer (Fiona Apple), Summer Channel, Deepsky, and Mojo Triage.


Debut CD/LP entitled "The Ambition Tax", has received airplay in Los Angeles on KCRW as well as smaller college markets. Being streamed worldwide and available at I-Tunes as well.

Set List

Cameron Morgan can perform up to 4 hours of original music