Listeners were first introduced to the soulful and conscious crooning of singer Gramps Morgan as a member of the renowned reggae band Morgan Heritage. But these days fans are getting to know the artiste in a whole new realm as a performer hunting success as a bonafide solo act. While he has not ditched his Morgan Heritage siblings for good, he has already released a well-received solo album, recorded a hit song with India.Arie and toured with John Legend and Buju Banton. Now, he’s ready for more. He talks to TALLAWAH about flying solo, his professional relationship with India.Arie and his 2010 plans.
TALLAWAH: Last August, you independently released your first solo recording, Two Sides Of My Heart on your Dada Son Entertainment label. How’s the promotion been going, and what direction did you take with this album?
Gramps Morgan: It’s been going very well. We’ve been promoting it locally and throughout the
TALLAWAH: In the music industry, we all know the perils that can come with stepping out of a group to fly solo. What’s it been like being away fro your Morgan Heritage fam?
Morgan: It’s been a challenge. Performing with them was easy and comfortable, but being by yourself, the work load and ethic is heavier. Now you have to carry a whole song by yourself.
TALLAWAH: So what’s the status of the group exactly? Will you solo career be permanent?
Morgan: We’ll be back together definitely. We still perform as a group, we still tour mainly in
TALLAWAH: What have you learned about your abilities since embarking on this solo adventure?
Morgan: I have learnt that there is a lot more depth and range to my voice. There is a lot I can do on my own, so when the time comes for the group to get back together, it will be better for us. I have also been learning from touring with artistes like India.Arie, John Legend and Buju. It’s all been a learning process.
TALLAWAH: Speaking of India.Arie, is it true that you two were dating at one point? What is the nature of your relationship with India.Arie?
Morgan: (Laughs). No, that is far from the truth. Our relationship is totally professional.
TALLAWAH: How did you first meet her?
Morgan: I met her at a venue that we were both performing at. We met through a friend. She knew of my work, and said she loved my voice and wanted us to do something together. So she called me up, and we did the song [“Therapy”], which is on her new album that is now up for a Grammy for Best R&B Album.
TALLAWAH: Do you have a family of your own?
Morgan: Yes, I have kids. They are here in
TALLAWAH: Understood. What career plans do you have for this year?
Morgan: I have upcoming shows in
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