Miss Morgan Myles appears to be on the cusp of country music stardom. A slew of media outlets, including Rolling Stone, Nashville Lifestyles, Nash Country Daily and Taste of Country, have noticed the pretty blond, singer-songwriter-guitarist as one to watch in 2016. Her name gets mentioned with Granger Smith, Steve Moakler, Kane Brown, Tucker Beathard and Maren Morris, to name-drop a few.
She’s also keeping some pretty cool company on tour. She recently opened for Scotty McCreery and will perform alongside Corey Smith on July 15 at The Rave in Milwaukee where hit maker Gary Allan is the headliner. Then it is off to shows in Texas, Oregon, New York and Boston.
Today I found myself swept up in Morgan’s musical journey, thanks to her genuine desire to connect with fans and to the magic of Facetime. Morgan and I chatted as she and her band were
traveling toward a show in Selbyville, DE, where she’ll open for Justin Moore.
Although Morgan is currently an independent artist, a record deal appears to be just around the corner. “We are getting very close,” she explains without disclosing details. “That’s my goal.”
Despite Morgan’s indie status, her current single Whiskey Dreaming, from her EP of the same name, has earned 140K streams on Spotify and it debuted at #22 on iTunes in January. Its video premiered on CMT Pure last fall which was a coup. Morgan has also just wrapped a second video for the party-friendly We Won’t Go Home from the same EP. I downloaded the six-song set from iTunes and my favorite is Nobody Better than You about the satisfaction of a committed relationship. Morgan is now working on a full-length album and writing songs daily, including a recent song called Therapy about the positive, healing impact music has in her life. Her country/soul sound reminds me of Sheryl Crow and certain soulful songs by Sara Evans. (And after a little further thought, I’ve given an answer to Miss Morgan’s question: “Who the hell is Adeline?” It has to be Jolene’s granddaughter. I’m sure Miss Dolly Parton would agree.)
(Official video for Whiskey Dreaming published by Morgan Myles November 13, 2015 on YouTube.)
For Morgan, signing with a record company will mean a better shot at radio play. “Country music is very much driven by radio,” she says. “And we need those (label) connections to build on our foundation.”
One of the things I noticed during our chat was her warmth and sense of gratitude. She is quick to offer thanks to those around her, including her booking agency, tour managers, entertainment attorney, producers, musicians, writers and others. “There are a lot of people that have been putting in the time because they believe in me and my talent,” she says.
Morgan is also grateful for her fans and enjoys connecting with them on social media such as Twitter or at live shows. “Never be afraid to come up to me and say ‘hi,'” she urges.
Undoubtedly, Morgan’s biggest fans are her parents Karen and Dan Pinsoneault, who moved to Nashville a few years ago from Williamsport, PA, to lend support as she pursues her career. As a youngster, Morgan participated in sports and dance but eventually settled on pursuing her vocal talent. After a year at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, she transferred to Nashville’s Belmont University where she earned a degree in music business. She’s been working at her goal of becoming a recording artist since graduating in 2009.
Her dad even pitched in to drive the van today because her tour manager, who normally drives, had business back in Nashville. “She’s worked very hard to achieve what she has so far and we are very proud of her,” Dan says.
I was curious why the “Miss” appears with her name on her album and website. There are a couple meanings, she explains. First, while in college, Morgan worked as a nanny for two children who called her Miss Morgan as a sign of respect and love. Sadly, their mom passed away but Morgan has remained tightly bonded with the family. “The kids are a big part of my life,” she says.
The surname also represents her country/soul sound, she says. “It is girlie and feminine for the southern, more conservative country side of my sound. And on the soul, or R and B side, ‘Miss’ is used for a diva or to say, ‘that girl can really sing.'”
Yep, that all seems to fit perfectly for Miss Morgan Myles.
I hope my interview today with Morgan was the first of many #KitchenTableChats for KarenLovesCountry.com. If you are a country artist with a story to share, please contact me.
The photo at the top, taken by Jeremy Ryan, appears at MorganMilesLive.com.
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