And she recently went back home to southwest Virginia to talk about her childhood and how she got into music at an early age.
She grew up in Floyd, Virginia, about 2.5 hours from the home her family lives in now, and says she would go to the Floyd country store every Friday night with her family and listen to bluegrass:
“Every Friday night at the Floyd country store, all the bluegrass players get together and meet up on the streets and just play music.
That was my first introduction to live music, those were my first, like, concerts. My grandfather, he loves the fiddle, that was his favorite instrument.
So that led to him buying me a fiddle, which kinda brought me here today. I hated the fiddle, I wanted to play the guitar, and I eventually ended up playing the guitar.”
One of her very early musical inspirations was Elvis, and she became obsessed with his music and showmanship right away:
“I remember I was in the first grade, and I was just electrified by Elvis. Eventually, my mom took me to Graceland. He was different, and he didn’t fit any mold and he just kinda made his own path. And so I really connected with that.
I love ‘Suspicious Minds,’ it’s one of my favorite songs, and the guys and I started playing it live on the last tour. And then we went and recorded it and put it on Reckless deluxe, and it’s been really fun.”
And her grandmother was someone who influenced her writing from the time she was six or seven years old, as she would journal every morning and Morgan took notice.
She noted that for a long time, she wouldn’t write her songs down, though, because she was worried they weren’t good enough:
“The earliest I can remember writing, I was probably six or seven years old. My grandmother, she would get up every morning and journal, so I think that that was kinda something I had in mind, but I didn’t want anybody to see what I was writing.
So very rarely would I write anything down, I would just, like, memorize it.”
But one of the experiences she remembers the most was when a group of mean girls at school told her she had a weird voice.
Clearly, the didn’t know what the heck they were talking about, because I think Morgan has one of the best, most gritty and recognizable voices in the genre right now. And mean girls being mean girls, I’m sure they only told her that because they new how damn good she was and were just jealous they didn’t have those pipes.
As someone who’s quickly become one of the most promising young stars in country music, Morgan can now appreciate how that fueled her to keep singing because it was really what she loved more than anything else:
“There was like an unofficial singing group at school, and I remember the girls telling me your voice is weird.
You know as a kid, you just really take that stuff really personal. and for me, I think it was the best thing that happened, because I continued to do it because I loved it.
I found a band on Craigslist, and that one group of guys, like, gave me that confidence, and I don’t remember every being nervous. It just felt right.”
And if you haven’t heard the full story about how she found her band on Craigslist, you can check that wild tale out here.
Here’s the full video of Morgan back home in Virginia: