Listen to a couple of tracks from FULL CIRCLE:
- "Full Circle"
Morgan Heritage is arguably the best live act in reggae. Having toured internationally the past seven years including stints on the Van’s WARP Tour, this self-contained unit stretches the borders of reggae on stage and on record. The Morgan’s musical excursions have positioned them at the forefront of the international reggae scene, while Jamaican radio hits like “Down By The River” and “She’s Still Loving Me” keep them strong with the fans at home in Jamaica. Their new studio album Full Circle showcases the range of their musical abilities. Having enlisted musical guests Cobra, Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Bounty Killer, Sizzla and sibling performers LMS the listener will hear a spectrum of reggae flavors on the disc. Key tracks include the current hit “Your Best Friend” (shipping to reggae radio 3/28), and “Hail Up The Lion (Uncomfortable)” and the R&B flavored “U’ve Got Me (remix)”.
| MORGAN HERITAGE BIOGRAPHY
in the beginning…
Denroy Morgan was 19-years-old in 1966 when he and a few friends in Spanish Town, Jamaica decided to join a crowd of people waiting to see H.I.M Emperor Haile Selassie. Raised in the Church of God Adventist, the teenager waited for the arrival of the Ethiopian monarch he had heard was someone of influence and royal heritage.
When the visitor walked down the steps of a diesel, Morgan recalled “he was a little man, I didn’t expect that.” How this “little man” impacted his life is now history. According to Morgan, the miracle did not happen overnight. However in 1975, Morgan made a transformation, deciding to take control of his lifestyle by adopting principles that the Rastafarian community hold as righteous.
One of his principal goals was to be a messenger of his beliefs. Therefore it came as no surprise when he embarked on a singing career and successfully broke down barriers in the music industry to get radio airplay on pop, urban contemporary, college and reggae radio stations with a simple confession titled “I’ll Do Anything For You.” What he did for the genre less than a decade later, is now history. Disco fans as well as pop music lovers attest to the reaction in clubs every time a deejay plays the disc. Signed to a major record label, Morgan quickly learned the ins and outs of the business. He decided he would raise a generation that would reflect a positive image. Eventually Morgan realized, as an immigrant to the United States, his task was to continue the heritage he recognized as a teenager living in Jamaica.
|And so it continued…
It was 1992 when the world first heard about off-spring, ready to take up the mantle their father wore as music-maker, songwriter and Rastafarian. That they would be called Morgan Heritage, sing reggae music and play instruments, signaled a new dawn for the genre. At the time, the children were taking on the great stages of Jamaica. The biggest concert of the time, Reggae Sunsplash, would prove to be the launch-pad for the band’s relationship with the hottest record label of the time, MCA Records.
The label took notice of the newest, emerging icons of the music industry. The siblings were just completing high school. Gramps was offered a scholarship to play football for the Miami Hurricanes. Una contemplated a career in law. But with the offer of a record deal at a major label, she decided to join her brothers Peter, Mr. Mojo, Lukes and Gramps for a consensus to sign. The label added Morgan Heritage to it’s roster which included New Edition, Guy, The Jets, and chart-toppers such as Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, and Jody Watley. But this was a Heritage with a purpose. This Heritage had a mission. And as impressive as the acclaimed label was, there was no compatibility with the family, reggae music or Morgan Heritage. After the release of the album “Miracles,” Morgan Heritage parted company with the MCA, but the message was already spreading. The reggae community had unanimously dubbed the group “the royal family of reggae.”
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