Carlos Morgan

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Carlos Morgan
BornToronto, Canada
GenresSoul
R&B
Occupation(s)Singer
LabelsD-Tone
Universal Music Canada
Solroc Music
Websitecarlosmorganmusic.com

Carlos Morgan is a Canadian soul and rhythm and blues singer.[1] He is most noted for winning the Juno Award for Best R&B/Soul Recording at the Juno Awards of 1997 for his album Feelin' Alright.[2]

Musical career[edit]

Born and based in Toronto, Morgan performed with local Toronto bands Blue Zone and Lypstick before releasing Feelin' Alright on independent DTone Records label owned by Record Producers Darrin Bowler and Tony Azzopardi in 1996.[3] The album received its first significant radio support from Vancouver's CKZZ-FM, which placed singles such as "Give It to You" and "Baby C'mon" into rotation earlier than any other Canadian radio station.[3] Following his Juno Award win, the album was reissued by Universal Music Canada in 1997.[4] In the same year, he won the MuchMusic Video Award for Best Soul/R&B Video, for "Give It to You".[5] In 1998, he won the award for Best R&B Video, again for "Give It to You", at the first Canadian Urban Music Awards.[6]

In 2000 and 2001 he entered the studio to work on his second album, which had the working title We're Gonna Make It.[7] Although he released a number of individual singles in this era, he did not release a new album until 2012, when he released The Compilation, a mix of his early 2000s non-album singles and newly recorded material.[1] Justin Kantor of SoulTracks.com recommended the album, saying it "serves as a satisfying round-up of what Carlos Morgan has been up to since disappearing from the mainstream in the late 1990s. The well-rounded repertoire and on-point interpretations demonstrate that he's still got the chops—and are positive signs of what's to come".[8] That same year, he co-wrote the song "Hold My Head Up High" with Quisha Wint.[9] His third album, to be titled Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, is slated for release in 2019.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Morgan was born in Toronto, Canada.[1] As of 2018, he was attending Wilfrid Laurier University to pursue a Master’s Degree in Community Music.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Carlos Morgan happy to be part of In Harmony for Uganda". Waterloo Region Record, October 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "List of Juno winners". Vancouver Sun, March 10, 1997.
  3. ^ a b "Morgan's into breaking new ground: His rhythm and blues CD got airplay here, led to a Juno Award". The Province, October 22, 1997.
  4. ^ "Carlos Morgan: Feelin' Alright". Toronto Star, August 2, 1997.
  5. ^ "Moist soaks up video honors". Waterloo Region Record, September 19, 1997.
  6. ^ "Urban Music Awards' zest overcomes glitches". Toronto Star, June 29, 1998.
  7. ^ "Carlos Morgan has the blues: He has won a Juno and a Toronto audience, but R&B is a tough sell". National Post, April 1, 2000.
  8. ^ Kantor, Justin (2012-12-09). "The Compilation". SoulTracks - Soul Music Biographies, News and Reviews. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  9. ^ Andrews, Coral (2016-05-13). "WATERLOO REGION MUSIC SCENE: Quisha Wint and other sing music of Nina Simone at Jazz Room". therecord.com. Retrieved 2020-07-15.
  10. ^ Melanson, Jenna (March 8, 2018). "Interview - Carlos Morgan | Canadian Beats Media". Retrieved 2020-07-15.

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