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    Gary Morris

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    Albums:20
    Songs:73

    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Wayfaring Stranger lyrics
    2Velvet Chains lyrics
    3The Light May Not Be On lyrics
    4I'll Never Stop Loving You lyrics
    5Promised Land lyrics
    6Maybe Now You'll See lyrics
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    Shine lyrics
    8Heaven's Hell Without You lyrics
    9The Way I Love You Tonight lyrics
    10These Days lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Anything Goes [Warner Bros.] [1985]
    2Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 [Warner Bros.] [1990]
    3Plain Brown Wrapper [Warner Bros.] [1986]
    4Stones [Universal] [1989]
    5Every Christmas [Warner Bros] [1988]
    6Gary Morris [Warner Bros.] [1982]
    7What If We Fell in Love (w/Crystal Gayle) [Warner [1986]
    8Hits, Vol. 1 [Warner Bros.] [1987]
    9Why Lady Why [Warner Bros.] [1983]
    10Faded Blue [Warner Bros.] [1984]

    Biography

    The romantic ballads of Texas-born Gary Morris were staples of country
    radio in the 1980s — none more so than "The Wind Beneath My Wings,"
    which was covered by Bette Midler later in the decade and became a song
    heard at weddings perhaps more often than any other. From the start,
    Morris had a powerful voice well suited to the musical theater stage, and
    after his string of country hits came to an end he enjoyed a successful
    theatrical career. Morris was born in Fort Worth, TX. Although his own style
    would become thoroughly contemporary, he was descended from a long
    line of traditional country and gospel musicians on both sides, and in the
    third grade he and his twin sister won a talent contest with a rendition of
    "This Old House." Morris played four sports in high school and won an
    athletic scholarship to Cisco Junior College near Abilene, intending to go on
    to Texas Tech. But music intervened as Morris and two college friends
    spent a summer working in Colorado, which would become the singer's
    permanent home.

    The trio asked a Colorado Springs bartender if they could get up on the
    bandstand and perform a few songs, and the audience's response (and
    tips) convinced Morris to put his college plans on hold and to pursue a
    performing career. He made a living singing in Denver clubs in the early
    '70s, also composing advertising jingles for local corporations such as
    Frontier Airlines. In 1976, Morris signed on with Jimmy Carter's presidential
    campaign and sang at several fundraisers. That got him invited to perform
    at the White House after Carter won the election, and Nashville producer
    Norro Wilson happened to be in the audience as well. When Morris later
    presented Wilson with a demo tape, the producer remembered him well
    and signed him to the Warner Bros. label.

    Morris notched a few hits with up-tempo country-rock pieces, but it was his
    decisive turn toward ballad material on the 1983 Why Lady Why album that
    put him at the top of the charts. That album spawned several Top Ten hits,
    including the title track, "The Love She Found in Me," and "The Wind
    Beneath My Wings," which steadily grew in popularity. In 1984 and 1985
    Morris won a host of awards and made guest appearances on several
    daytime and evening television series. That made it clear to entertainment-
    industry insiders that although Morris had never studied either singing or
    acting formally, he was that rare animal: a natural performer and a vocal
    powerhouse. He was offered the role of Jean Valjean in the Broadway
    production of Les Misérables in 1987, becoming the first American to play
    the part in that European musical.

    Morris didn't give up on country music at first; he recorded 12 country
    albums in all, including the innovative, mostly acoustic Plain Brown Wrapper,
    and he notched 16 Top Ten singles. But his role in Les Misérables evolved
    into a part in the show's touring production and then in its symphonically
    accompanied recording. These activities took time, and Morris' country
    career suffered. His live-theater activities, on the other hand, flourished;
    he appeared with another former progressive country singer, Linda
    Ronstadt, in the Broadway adaptation of Puccini's opera La Boheme, and
    he spent much of the 1990s working on other pop projects such as a PBS
    special concert performance in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russia.
    Morris returned to country music as a performer in Branson, MO, and as a
    producer in the late '90s. He has shepherded the career of his son, Matthew,
    and has often performed private concerts for corporate clients. Morris
    resides at his own fly-fishing lodge in the Colorado Rockies.

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