Following the release of her biggest single to date “Mulholland Drive” with over 1.5 million streams so far – MORGAN gifts us a taste of what’s to come with the release of a melodic, hip-hop infused single “Hostess” produced by Cadenza.
Bringing a fresh new sound to the contemporary music scene, MORGANadds to her ever-expanding musical range amalgamating smooth textured vocals alongside her rapping prowess. The songstress plays on the word “Hostess” as she brings life to her music, with a unique, edgy finesse showcased in the visuals – pointing towards a debut EP that’ll be rich in sound, character and vibes.
“Hostess is essentially about materialism and how it means absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things. I had so much fun writing this song. Cadenza is such a sick producer and Sakima is one the most exciting upcoming songwriters - it was the perfect combination in the studio and couldn't have asked for anyone else to help me bring this idea I had to life.”
MORGAN’s storytelling continues to define and establish the young powerhouse as one of the UK’s most exciting new voices. With early support from tastemakers RADIO 1, BBC 1XTRA and CAPITAL XTRA positioning the songstress as a need-to-know act. In an interview between the rising songstress and Mission Statement Editor Izabel Rose below, we delve into MORGAN's life behind the music.
Where are you from / where did you grow up?
I grew up in Watford just outside of London - I was born and raised there. My mum's side of the family are English, but also Russian Jewish. Then my dad's side of the family are Jamaican.
What are your favourite things about being a UK artist?
I absolutely love the UK music scene because the culture here is musically beautiful. There are no boundaries or limits to what people put out. I think we're pretty unique as a country when it comes to music.
How would you describe your style of music?
I like to think my music has the perfect pop/edgy balance. I put a lot of hard work into my music and try to make sure my sound is distinctive. One thing I don’t like is being like everybody else. I feel like my debut EP was the perfect way to introduce my sound to the world.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go & why?
Thailand is my dream holiday; I’ve always wanted to go there! Once Corona has settled down - I'll be on the first flight there!
What has been your hardest achievement?
It's definitely getting rid of my stage fright. Three years ago, it was really limiting my growth as an artist and performer. When Rudimental took me under the wing and I toured with them for 18 months it all changed. I feel unstoppable on stage now and I'm dying to perform again!
What's the number one thing you love about yourself?
I just love the fact that I’m able to make music and create songs that people love. I honestly don’t know what I would do without music and I’m so grateful I get to do this as my job.
Which genre of music could you never live without?
R&B! And I don’t just mean the old school R&B. I think it's a really exciting time for R&B artists right now. Bryson Tiller, Brent Faiyaz and 6LACK have really inspired me musically.
How do you overcome negative emotions?
I’m still working on this one! Every human has the ability to feel negative emotions. I critique myself quite a lot and I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing when you’re trying to improve all the time. I’m slowly getting there though. I do meditation sometimes to help clear my mind and try to eat healthily and exercise.
What charity are you supporting the most at the moment?
Pancreatic Cancer Research. My mum‘s father passed away of Pancreatic cancer - so it’s a very close cause in our family!
Everyone's obsessing over your latest track "Hostess", will you tell us a little about the track?
Hostess is such a vibe. I loved making that song with Isaac Sakima and Cadenza. The song highlights how we shouldn’t be looking at materialistic things so much. I actually think during this global pandemic a lot of people have realised that. Hostess is actually on my debut EP Alien which is out now. You should check it out if you haven’t already!
What drink would you normally order on a night out?
I love a Porn Star Martini. I basically love anything sweet. I'm not too sure about the Prosecco shot though - it gets me super tipsy. Might sound random but I've recently got into white wine and lemonade recently!
What's most motivating to you?
My family - I want to make them so proud. They’ve seen me grow so much and I want them to see me go even further. There’s a lot of things that I want to do for my parents to say thank you for the amazing life they've given me. It's important for me to give back, even if they don't expect it.
What is your Mission Statement? (what's a statement you'd like the world the hear?)
Don’t ever stop because you don’t know how close you are to your final destination. God has a plan, and it will all make sense in the end.
Interview by Izabel Rose