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Meet Trailblazer Megan Morrison

Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Morrison.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started singing at a very young age. Music has always been a part of my life. I sang my first solo in church when I was four years old. They let me sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”! I started singing in choirs and taking voice lessons when I was young. When I was in high school, I became more serious about music and got involved in singing competitions like All-State, where I placed very high. It was then that I really took an interest in musical theater. I decided to go to college for music and studied classical voice performance at the University of Massachusetts and Hunter College in NYC. When I moved to NY, I started auditioning for Broadway and off-Broadway shows. It was then that I started singing in rock bands and found my true calling.

Throughout the years, I started to struggle with alcohol addiction. This went untreated for a long time and I really suffered from it until about four years ago when I decided to get sober. This was the best decision I ever made. I am grateful for everything I’ve been through because it has made me who I am. I have really found my true self over the past few years. My goal now is to reach out to others with my music. No matter what someone may be dealing with, I want them to know that it is ok and they are not alone.

I moved to Miami in 2009 and that’s when I started to take my music career very serious. I recorded my first EP, Late Bloomer, with my band ‘Dorothy’s Surrender’ and released a music video for our single ‘Dirty Stayout’. This EP reflected on my crazy years in NYC. After the band decided to part ways I joined the folk-rock band ‘Revlover’, created by the well-known pastor and dear friend Pedro Garcia. We only released two singles, but being in this band had a big impact on me. It was part of my journey of finding out who I wanted to be as a musician.

Now, I have my solo project ‘MORRISON’ and I’m feeling so good about where I am musically. I have released two singles, ‘9 Lives’ and ‘Heart on Fire’, off my upcoming album ‘Appetite for Freedom’. I released the video for ‘Heart on Fire’ in December and will be releasing ‘9 Lives’ in a few weeks! The songs I’m writing now tell my story and also spread hope. I am trying to create a tribe of people who care about themselves and the well being of others. There are so many selfish people in the world, and a lot of them are really just hurting on the inside. I’m trying to bring light and hope to people in times that can be discouraging and dark. I want people around the world to be able to feel good about themselves and love one another. We need to start lifting each other up.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has definitely not been a smooth road for me but it has been an amazing journey that I wouldn’t change a thing about. As I mentioned before, I struggled with alcoholism for a lot of my life. I dealt with a lot of fear and anxiety from a young age and when I found alcohol it appeared that I had found the solution. Over the years, I realized that this was not the case. Alcohol was only making everything worse, but I was too deep in my addiction to have any control over stopping it. I lost my dad in 2010 to liver cirrhosis caused by alcohol addiction. This was a real wake-up call for me. I knew I needed to make a change. It wasn’t until five years later when I had the beginning stages of liver failure myself that I was finally able to get help and turn my life around. In the past four years that I have been sober, I have been on a new journey to self-discovery and appreciation. I’ve learned how to love myself and manage my fear and anxiety. Learning how to do this is so important for young women.

Any advice for other women, particularly young women who are just starting their journey?
My advice to women is to learn how to love yourselves and appreciate yourselves for who you are. We are all so different and amazing. When we compare ourselves to each other it puts so much pressure on us and makes us blind to the individual assets we possess. Find the strength and courage to be your true self.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about MORRISON – what should we know?
I am a classically trained singer who has also performed in a lot of musical theater. Now my focus is on rock music, however, I recently decided to experiment with electronic music and released a single titled ‘Warrior Woman’. This track was inspired by a tragic fire that caused my cousin and her daughter to lose everything and have to rebuild from the ground up. It got me thinking about all the strong women around the world and what they’ve had to endure over the years. I wanted to write a song that could be appreciated by women (and men) across the globe. This song has a universal sound and message. This is the first electronic song that I’ve released and I’m very proud that it made it to the top 100 on Beatport’s Electronica/Downtempo chart.

For my rock music, I go by ‘MORRISON’ and for my electronic music I go by ‘Megan Morrison.’

With both artist names, I am trying to write songs that speak the truth. I want to bring people together with my music and spread a message of love and hope. That’s why I speak so openly about my struggles. If I can help just one person with my message then I will feel like I’ve truly done something good in this life.

So much of the media coverage is focused on the challenges facing women today, but what about the opportunities? Do you feel there are any opportunities that women are particularly well positioned for?
There are so many more opportunities for women now then there were for our mother’s generations. Our rights are becoming more equal, but we still have a long way to go. I feel like women’s rights have almost digressed in the past 20 years. Sexism is just as present now as it was 50 years ago. We have the power to change this though.

It is still a man’s world in the music industry. What we need is more strong female producers. There are so many out there, we just need to get them to the top.

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Sean Pozin, Ptah Quammie, Jainiz Sanchez

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