behind the muse
Morgan McPherson doesn't like to be told 'NO', that something is impossible, or that she can't do something. She first experienced this when at age 7, she came across Beethoven's 'Fur Elise' and upon desiring to learn it, was told it was too difficult for her. She was taking piano lessons from a local woman's home in North Carolina at the time and was playing at the 'Hot Cross Buns' level (for those of you that don't know the song 'Hot Cross Buns', consider yourself lucky......but this was a very simple beginner 3 note song). After her mother refused to purchase the music, she figured out how to obtain it from her sister's boyfriend and started learning it. She practiced sometimes 12-14 hours a day until she learned it. At the time, she had very little knowledge of note reading and pretty much had to go note by note, using a reference page as she decoded each musical phrase. She played the piece in it's entirety from memory at the next student recital in her teacher's home to a crowd of stunned open-mouthed parents and at that time, her mother decided it was time to get some more challenging musical instruction for her daughter.
Fast forward to years of study at Greensboro Music Academy (now The Music Academy of North Carolina) and graduating Magna Cum Laude from The University of North Carolina's School of Music in 2007, Morgan was about to celebrate the release of her first full length album 'Stranger in the Mirror.' What materialized into a polished professional release on Silver Chord Records, LLC (which was actually Morgan's own label she established and managed to produce her own music) was actually years in the making. She started writing songs as early as age 12 and the bulk of the material for 'Stranger in the Mirror' would be written from age 16-21, at the peak of late-teenage angst. In that short 5 year span, she writes about a transformation: going from completely losing herself as a victim of sexual abuse, to deciding the fate of an unborn child, to speaking out against her abuser in the anger-driven 'Healed'. The album ends on a positive note though, with the song 'The Painting of Me', as this once lost girl discovers the beauty of messing up in life and being able to create a meaningful story out of her mistakes as she gives up on perfection.
Yet Morgan's 6 recording projects, all completely funded by herself, under no commercial label, proves that she hasn't quite given up on her ideals of perfection. Morgan has an undying work ethic and passion for music, writing, and performing that keeps her occupied. She is currently working on her 7th project with new producer, Tian Garcia. The new music showcases new levels of musical and lyrical depth, power, subtle humor, and mastery of the piano.
Instead of dreaming of following her dreams, Morgan has gone out to capture them herself. When many people hope and aspire to be signed to a label and record just one CD of a few songs, Morgan has waited for no one else to make her dreams a reality. With over 60 original songs published and more being created every day, Morgan plans to continue being in the music business for as long as they both* shall live.
*she means her and the piano
"Every song is like another page in a storybook telling of love, loss, healing, and renewal"
Dana Arbuckle, Triad Hippo