Interview – Carlos Morgan

By: Emily Thomson

Carlos Morgan is a Juno winning singer/songwriter/producer. On top of winning a Juno, Carlos has a MMVA, Canadian Urban Music Awards, SOCAN Music Award and Caribbean Cultural Committee Awards. Morgan also was 1st place for the John Lennon “Gots 2 Luv U” Songwriting Contest and was the recipient of the “Best Male R&B Artist” & “Role Model Award” @ the “2014 Black Canadian Awards. Carlos recently released his single, “Be The One (Tonight)” Ft. Thrust. This single is off of his upcoming album, “C.A.R.L.O.S.” which will be released Feb. 2015. Read & find out more about Carlos Morgan!

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, who are some of your favourite Canadian bands/artists/DJs?

CM: Some of my favourite Canadian artists include: Glenn Lewis, Shi Wisdom, Kim Davis, Karl Wolf, Jennie Laws, Quisha Wint, Chris Rouse, Show Stephens, Joseph Neale, Divine Brown, Omar Lunan, Michael Ferfolia, Joni Nehrita, Jully Black … to name a few.

If you could put together a tour with any Canadian bands/artist including yourself, who would headline and who would the openers be?

CM: I would tour with Karl Wolf, Glenn Lewis and Joseph Neale. Joseph Neale would open the show, Glenn Lewis would be the second artist, I’d follow Glenn and Karl Wolf would be the headliner. The order of the show would also depend on the venue and the audience that came to the show.

What made you decide that music is what you wanted to do?

CM: I decided that music was what I wanted to do when I realized I could sing, dance and perform better than anything else. And when I sang, danced and performed, I felt the most happiest, confident and safest. I still feel the same way to this day. I am grateful every day that God blessed and gifted me with the talent for music.

At what age did you start with music?

CM: I started with music at age 12, singing professionally for a Gospel band at the church I attended.

You recently released your first single from your upcoming EP, what was that like and how has the reaction to the song been so far?

CM: Actually, I’ve changed the direction of the EP. I’ve decided to record an album. It will contain 10 tracks.
The single I released has been getting a good response so far. I’m sending the single out to radio and seeking to submit the single to DJ Pools for possible club play.

What are you most excited for about your album getting released?

CM: What I’m most excited about getting my new album released are the songs, the songwriters and producers I’m working with. For this album, I’m working mostly with David Neale, who is the first cousin of the late Haydin Neale of “Jacksoul”. David’s a young and extremely talented songwriter and producer. David’s latest project was composing and producing half of Karl Wolf’s latest album.
I’m an R&B/Soul artist but for this album, I’m doing something different. I’m very excited about it. This album is Pop/EDM and Urban.

These next questions will help your fans get to know you better. What song is your favourite to play live?

CM: There are many, many songs; both original and cover songs I enjoy performing live. One of my favourite original songs to perform live is the title track of my Juno Winning album, “Feelin’ Alright”. One of my favourite cover songs to perform is “Superstar” by Luther Vandross.

Since you’ve won quite a few awards, If you could make up any award and present it to one Canadian artist/band, what would the award be for and who would you present it to?

CM: If I could make up any award, the award would be the “Afro-Canadian Pioneer Music Award”. The award would be for Afro-Canadians who have never been awarded and acknowledged for their music and contributions to the Canadian Music Industry. The artists I would present the award to includes: Salome Bey, Crack Of Dawn, Aubrey Mann, Liberty Silver, Jay McGee, Wayne St. John, Vivienne Williams … to name a few.

What song describes you best?

CM: If you’re asking what song I’ve written, recorded and released to date that describes me best, is a song from my first album called “What I’ve Done To You”. It’s a song that expresses my remorse for hurting the woman I loved, where my pain and anger comes from and asking for forgiveness.

Do you have any hidden talents?

CM: Some of the hidden talents I have are: I play drums and guitar (but I’m not a guitar virtuoso). I’m comedic, I’m a good writer and I can iron clothes really good. I’m so good at ironing that if I ironed your clothes, you’d think you just got your clothes from the dry cleaners … lol.

And lastly, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?

CM: I want to express my deep gratitude and appreciation to all my fans for their support of my music, purchasing my music and coming to my concerts. If you want to know more about me, my music and career, please go to my website, www.carlosmorganmusic.com,
Facebook (www.facebook.com/carlos.morgan.562) and Twitter (@carlosmorgan)

Please support Canadian independent music.

I love and appreciate you all. Keep shining … and God Bless you all!!

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