Carlos Morgan
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Carlos Morgan

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 1997 | INDIE

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | INDIE
Established on Jan, 1997
Band R&B Soul


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"Soultracks - "The Compilation""

With a distinctively velvet vocal style and pleasingly balanced selection of uptempo grooves and reflective ballads, Toronto native Carlos Morgan's sophomore CD provides an appealing palette for R&B and pop listeners alike. First drawing the attention of new-jack-swing fans with the 1996 singles "Baby C'mon" and "Give It to You," the singer-songwriter won the Juno Best R&B/Soul Recording award for his debut disc, Feelin' Alright. He's made the transition from major-label act to independent artist in the decade since, appearing on records by a handful of Canadian artists in the process.

The Compilation, released through Morgan's SolRoc label, collects a variety of his unreleased recordings from the past decade into one surprisingly cohesive package. Fans of the funky numbers and sexy slow-jams that graced his debut will find the hook-smart "Fascinated" and enticing flow of "Whatcha Got" particularly flavorful, while listeners preferring a more understated vibe will appreciate the serene narrative of "Just Jane" and the smooth neo-soul update of "Forever for You" (originally on Feelin' Alright). Throughout the material, Morgan maintains a stylistically consistent approach that sounds just as solid on the upbeat romps as on the downtempo moments. Although the intricate phrasing and ad-libs he employed on his first set are not as prominent here, his energetic dynamics and sexy tone are still distinguishing characteristics of his technique.

Mellow keyboard underpinnings provide an engaging vibe on the opening number, "Pashmina Girl," a soulful house-leaning track with radio-friendly sensibilities. Morgan evokes a calm eagerness to get closer to an untouchable lady of beauty with the song's straight-ahead, respectful lyrics, as the subtly persistent beat encourages pulling the top down while breezing across the coast. The dance floor-ready mood continues with "Something 'Bout You," a swag club joint which effectively showcases a deeper register of his voice.

There's a slight bluesy edge to "Just Jane," a surprising ballad written by noted dance-music engineer Earl Torno. Morgan sounds more at home delivering this tune's pensive lines than the party-over-here quips of "Hey Yo T.O."—although the latter is an admittedly catchy ditty. "She gives more than she takes/And she takes my breath away/In the world's eyes she'll always be just Jane/But because of her my world has changed," he sings with believable sensitivity. Meanwhile, "T.O." bumps with a hard-to-resist beat and retro-esque synth licks that bring to mind SOLAR funk. However, Morgan's declaration, "Fresh kicks, yeah they're workin' right/I look good and I'm feelin' right" is not as convincing as his other performances on the album.

The Compilation serves as a satisfying round-up of what Carlos Morgan has been up to since disappearing from the mainstream in the late 1990's. The well-rounded repertoire and on-point interpretations demonstrate that he's still got the chops—and are positive signs of what's to come. Recommended.

by Justin Kantor - Justin Kantor

"Rotations: "The Compilation""

The name Carlos Morgan is synonymous with R&B in Canada. His debut album Feelin Alright garnered many accolades for its upbeat tracks and moving ballads. The album dominated the charts with fantastic singles upon its release. As the recipient of a Juno Award (Canada’s counterpart to The Grammy), Much Music Video Award, and countless others, Carlos was riding high as the King of Canadian R&B in 1996-97. Along with his sensational album, Carlos delivered live with electrifying concerts that had his loyal fan base always sharing in the experience. Carlos decided to take a long hiatus from the music scene, but is now ready to return and get back to his greatest passion. Released on his SolRoc Music imprint, Mr. Morgan is back with The Compilation.

The Compilation is an assortment of older tracks coming together with a few new ones, to whet everyone’s appetite and prepare them for what Carlos has in store. And also, to expose Morgan to those who are not aware of his talents. Everyone’s favorites “Baby C’mon” featuring Shug, along with “Whatcha Got” featuring Mizz are both staples in Morgan’s work that had to be included. It would not be farfetched at all to call them ‘classics’ in Canada, as those two tracks etched Morgan’s place in R&B history. And they are two jams that can still keep a party rocking today. The new surefire tracks that are prominent, are the house sounds of “Pashmina Girl” that can make you stop short of a soul clap anywhere you are, and the vintage sounding bass line on “Fascinated” featuring Shug. He hasn’t forgotten about the strength of a ballad, and his vocal performance really comes through on the adult contemporary and very radio friendly “Sweet As You Are.”

For those who are not familiar with Carlos Morgan’s work, this is definitely a compilation worth checking out. The balance of old and new blend seamlessly and translate in a very good way. It is a clear reflection of his sound and his vocal talent, then and now. He sounds great and there is more to come. Look out for the release of his new sophomore album "We’re Gonna Make" It this year.

- Anne Marie Colleymore


"The Compilation" (Solroc Music) 2012
"Feelin' Alright" (DTone Records/Universal Music) 1997



Carlos Morgan, a talented singer, songwriter, producer is poised to break on a global level."Feelin' Alright", his debut album, showcased the diversity of Morgan’s sultry singing style with seductive ballads like ‘Let Me Love Again’ and ‘Forever For You’ to the upbeat R&B tracks ‘Give It To You’ and ‘Baby C’Mon’. Originally recorded as an independent release for DTone Records, it quickly became one of Canada's hottest selling indie albums of 1996/97, topping the charts at #3 on The Record's Independent charts after only two weeks of release. ‘Whatcha Got’, written and produced by Morgan went Top 40 in Canada, with it’s inclusion on the Top 50 Canadian CHR songs for 2000 and MuchMusic Video Award nomination, paved the way for his reintroduction as a self produced artist.

Inspired by legends such as Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Lionel Ritchie, Marvin Gaye, Peabo Bryson and R. Kelly, Morgan's evolution brings him to the release of his long, awaited sophomore album, “The Compilation”.

Having the creative control he desired, Morgan’s vision is to fuse the diversity of music genres that inspire him melding them with his R&B signature so there will be no mistake interpreting which genre Morgan calls home. Using his sizable vocal gifts, arrangements and ability to deliver multi-layered harmonies while utilizing his song writing and production skills, Morgan makes “The Compilation” an album that has the potential for international appeal.

"The Compilation" features new songs including “Something 'Bout You" and "Fascinated" Ft. Shug. Known to be a balladeer, Morgan also brings romantic songs like “Sweet As You Are,” and “Just Jane”. "The Compilation" features songs written and produced by Morgan, Peter Natale, Earl Torno, Craig McConnell, Perry Alexander, Tyson Kuteyi and Colin Munroe.

Carlos Morgan was honored at the 1997 Juno Awards for the Best R&B/ Soul Recording, MuchMusic Video Award for Best R&B/Soul Video, 2 Canadian Urban Music Awards and other numerous awards. Morgan was also the 2nd ever recipient of the 1998 SOCAN Urban Music Award for both talent and pioneering efforts to bring notoriety to the many gifted urban music artists in Canada. In 2002 Morgan had the repeated distinction to be included in the Canadian Who’s Who - Canada’s oldest and most complete who’s who publication. “Those included are selected based on merit alone, judged on the contribution they have made to life in Canada.” - Elizabeth Lumley, Editor.

For Morgan, the stage has always been where he comes alive and feels most at home. “If you’ve never seen this guy live, you have to check him out, he tears it up!” - Tony Young, MuchMusic. His commanding interaction with the fans, his high energy and heat generated during his soulful jams have combined to earn Morgan the reputation of being one of the few artists who can deliver live that which his recordings embody. Reviews such as “Toronto based crooner Carlos Morgan puts the boots to the notion that Canada can’t produce slick, sexy urban music.” - SOCAN Words & Music; “Top R&B vocal stylist.” - Billboard Magazine; “One of the best practitioners of R&B music in North America let alone Canada.” - Mike Bullard, CTV & The Comedy Channel; “Morgan is one of those artists that many watch but few are as captivating as Morgan is”. - The Bridge

There's many wonderful things to come from the Solroc Music recording artist, Carlos Morgan. Get ready!!

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