The right vocalist can make you fall in love at first listen, elicit tears, or bring you back to a different era altogether. That holds true for New York-based soul singer, songwriter, and Broadway chanteuse Morgan James. On her full-length debut for Epic Records, “Hunter,” she casts an unbreakable spell with a powerhouse voice, theatrical swing, and a soulful poise.
Morgan assumed co-writing duties on eight of the collection’s eleven tracks and even performed all of her own background vocals and harmonies. She is proud to note that no vocal tuning of any kind has been used on any of her albums. From the empowering farewell of “Fed Up On You” to the mournful rumination of “Say The Words”, or the soulful duet with Grammy Award winner Robert Glasper, “Let Me Keep You”, she continually bares it all—both emotionally and musically.
In addition to “Hunter”, Morgan has released a live tribute to Nina Simone, “Morgan James Live”, as well as an EP featuring some of her fan’s favorite covers, “YouTube Sessions”.
Her latest studio album is her first as an independent artist, and “Reckless Abandon” is her most personal outing yet. Morgan assumed co-writing duties on all twelve tracks and sang all her own background vocals. The album is stocked with lush horns and harmonies, and stretches limbs between genres for a sound all its own.
“A phenomenal talent whose feel for classic soul music is bone deep.” – The New York Times