Morgan performing with M83
|Birth name||Morgan Grace Kibby|
|Also known as||White Sea|
|Born||May 3, 1984|
Utqiagvik, Alaska, U.S.
|Origin||Los Angeles, California|
Morgan Grace Kibby (born May 3, 1984), also known by the stage name White Sea, is an American actress, singer and songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. She has been an actress in 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd from 1999 to 2002. She has fronted The Romanovs and has collaborated and toured with M83. In recent years she has developed a solo project called White Sea, releasing an EP The Frontier and an album In Cold Blood (2014). After the release of In Cold Blood, she began regularly releasing singles throughout 2015 and 2016 (including "Never Like a Woman" and "Arcadia") under a new maxim—to release music independent of EPs or albums. She also composed the score of Eva Husson's movie, Bang Gang in 2016.
Born in Utqiagvik, Alaska to Charles and Lauri, Kibby grew up in San Francisco where besides vocal training she studied piano and cello in her teens. She also performed as part of the chorus of the San Francisco Opera.
In 2003, Kibby released an EP entitled Beggar's Alchemy, doing vocals, cello, and piano. Soon after the release she began performing with the musicians that would form The Romanovs, including Dan Rosa and Paul Wiancko.
In 2005, the band released the ...And the Moon Was Hungry... album. For a short time the group were just known as "Morgan" and soon after evolved into "Morgan and the Hidden Hands". In 2007, the band started to re-mix and re-master their first release. New percussion, cello, violin, piano and vocals were added to former tracks as well as two new studio recordings titled "Fever Pitch" and "Mr. Okada". This was the first release with the band operating under their new name: The Romanovs. In 2007, they won a Toronto Independent Music Awards for Best USA Band, but the same year the band when on hiatus while Kibby joined M83.
Kibby provided keys and arrangements for M83 on their fifth full-length release, Saturdays = Youth, and co-wrote the songs "Kim & Jessie", "Up!", "Too Late" and "Skin of the Night". Subsequently, she completed a tour with the band throughout Australia, Europe and the United States during 2008. She continued to tour with M83 in 2009 as they opened for Kings of Leon in the UK, The Killers on their US arena concert tour and for some dates of Depeche Mode Tour of the Universe. In 2011, Kibby contributed to M83's sixth full-length album Hurry Up, We're Dreaming; providing vocals, keyboards, and arrangements. She co-wrote the songs "Intro", "Midnight City", and "Reunion". On collaborating with Anthony Gonzalez she stated that "I take a lot of inspiration from watching him work and working with him". In December 2015 it was revealed that Kibby was no longer part of M83.
Kibby has embarked on a solo project since touring with M83, called White Sea, which is a translation of her name. Her first track, a remix of Solid Gold's "Synchronize", first appeared on her MySpace. A second track titled "Overdrawn" was released to her MySpace in March, revealing a new musical direction for Kibby. On September 30, a new track, "Mountaineer", became available for free download on the RCRD LBL website. An EP, This Frontier, was released on October 5, 2010, which she later described as 'a little scattered. Lots of disco references for the guitars. Still all layered with big, thick, '70s and '80s synths'. Since the release of This Frontier, Kibby focused on remixing tracks for other artists and developing her style. The self-produced In Cold Blood, Kibby's first full-length album, was released in May 2014 via Crush Music and Songs Publishing, and features songs co-written with Greg Kurstin and Mark Ronson. She described it as a break-up record where she "had to express myself through my music. It was the only way to purge myself of this extreme grief and loss". The album was toured as support to The Naked and Famous.
After In Cold Blood she has released a series of singles under a new maxim to share music freely with her fans, without the need for EPs or albums. Upon the release of the fourth of these singles, "Arcadia" (2016), she announced she would be releasing these singles with accompanying video components, starting with "Arcadia". She also composed the soundtrack for Eva Husson's Bang Gang in 2016 and featured on Big Data's song, "The Business of Emotion" (2015).
- ...And the Moon Was Hungry... (2007) as The Romanovs
- Saturdays = Youth (2008) with M83
- Hurry Up, We're Dreaming (2011) with M83
- In Cold Blood (2014) as White Sea
- Tropical Odds (2017) as White Sea
- Beggar's Alchemy (2003)
- ...And the Moon Was Hungry... (2004/2005) as The Romanovs
- This Frontier (2010) as White Sea
- "Stay Young, Get Stoned" (2015)
- "Never a Woman" (2015)
- "Gangster No. 1" (2015)
- "Arcadia" (2016)
- "Bloodline" (2016)
- "Secret" (2016)
- "Ellipses" (2016)
- "Yesterday" (2016)
- "Bloodmoon" (2016)
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