MORGAN EVANS

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When  Australian  singer/songwriter Morgan  Evans  released  his  self-titled  debut album  in  2014,  it  was  the  culmination  of  a  musical  journey  that  began  when  he started his first band at the age of thirteen. It’s a journey that has seen the country-rocker tour with superstars like Taylor  Swiftand Alan  Jackson,  play  to  over  50,000  people  in  Nashville  at  the  world’s  biggest country music festival and build a large, devoted following as he’s played the length and breadth of his native land and across the USA. Morgan  has  made  his  mark  on  the  Australian  musical  landscape  with  a  sound  that fused  contemporary  country  with  melodic  rock,  fueled  by  a  unique  passion  and energy all Morgan’s own. His music is driven by an optimism shaped by life’s bumpy journey, a faith in the power of love and hard work to overcome the obstacles we all face every day. Growing up in the working class beach city of Newcastle in NSW, Morgan turned the blue-collar ethic of his neighborhood into a relentless drive for energy and connection in his live shows. After seeing him whip a festival crowd into a frenzy, Warner Music Australia offered Morgan a recording contract. . In 2013, after releasing two hit EPs that yielded three #1 singles, Morgan was named New Oz Artist of the Year at the CMC Music Awards. The fan voted award solidifiedhis status as the hottest young performer in Australian country and was followed by four more trophies over the next two years, including back-to-back Male Oz Artist of the Year awards.Soon Morgan returned to Nashville to record his debut album with an all-star group of A-list musicians and Nashville based Aussie ex-pat producer Jedd Hughes. “To  hear  guys  who  played  on  the  songs  that  inspired  me  to become  a  musician, playing  on  my  songs,  blew  my  mind,”  said  Morgan. “It  reminded  me  of  why  I  was doing  this  in the  first place  and  pushed meto  take  my  vocals and  guitar  playing on the album to the next level”.The  songs  that  make  up Morgan  Evans  are  the  result  of  a  relentless  songwriting schedule for almost a year that took Morgan to Nashville and back, and saw him tap into the deepest parts of himself. Morgan wrote eleven of the twelve tracks – some by himself, some with local artists and many with A-list Nashville writers. The album, released in March 2014, immediately shot to #1 on the iTunes and ARIA Country Album Charts and debuted at #20 on the ARIA Mainstream Album Chart.  The impact of the acclaimed album has been immense – 3 #1 singles (One Eye for an  Eye,  Best  I  Never  Had  and  record-equaling  Like  A  Tornado)  and  his  first  APRA nominations  just  for  starters.  The  release  also  garnered international  attention, leading  to  an  invitation  to  return  to  Nashville’s  massive  CMA  Music  Festival  and perform   at   the   legendary   Grand   Ole   Opry,   which   prompted William   Morris Endeavor–  the  world’s  largest  talent  agency –  to  sign  Morgan  up  for  international representation.

2 Morgan’s  charisma  and  talent for  engaging  audiences  led to  his  signing as  the face of  Foxtel’s Country  Music  Channel, which  has already  seen him nominated for  an ASTRA  Award  and  a TV  Week  Logie  Award–  a  first  for  an  Australian  country music  star.He  hosts  television  coverage  of  the CMC  Rocks music  festival,  artist interviews and the CMC  Music  Awards. He was joined in 2016 by international co-host Kelsea Ballerini for the live national broadcast. A  major  career  milestone  was  capped  off  when  Morgan  received  a  message  from Grammy-winners Lady  Antebellum  informing  him  that  he’d  been  awarded  the prestigious 2015  CMA  Global  Artist  Award.  The  award  recognizes  outstanding achievement  by  an  international  country  star  in  furthering  the  popularity  of  country music  in  their  home  country.  Morgan  joins  an  exceptional  list  of  previous  winners including Tommy Emmanuel, Kasey Chambers and Lee Kernaghan. Since  then,  Morgan  has  his  sights  set  once  again  on  Nashville,  relocating  to  Music City  where  he  has  been  writing  with  the  A-list  of  songwriters  for  his  upcoming  US debut  release  and  recently  made return  performances  to  CMA  Music  Fest  and  the Grand Ole Opry. His  growing  fanbase  in  both  Australia  and  the  USA  is  eagerly  awaiting  new  music from Morgan. Stay tuned for release dates.