Review: Morgan Myles "I Believe" Single
Written by Melissa Zhuang
Morgan Myles’s single, “I Believe” is part of her new album titled “Therapy” (co-produced by Corey Crowder and Jason Mater) set to be released on January 17, 2020. I had the opportunity to talk to Morgan about her new single and get to know a little bit more about her journey as a singer-songwriter:
Raised by an adventurous teacher mother and a music-loving grandfather who always played Roger Whittaker throughout the house, Morgan was bitten by the music bug at age 3 when she played her first music notes on the family piano. Her music journey continued at age 6 after her mother decided to take piano lessons and brought her daughter along to learn as well. From then on, Morgan was caught in a whirlwind of extracurricular musical and performing arts activities: musical theater, guitar lessons, NYC dance competitions, and singing. Listening to rock, soul, and blues music from women singers: Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, and Susan Tedeschi and largely inspired by the songwriting styles of Eva Cassidy and Carole King; Morgan’s powerhouse vocals were shaped by “any woman that had a big voice because I wanted to be just like them. You name it – any diva – I was trying to imitate.”
“I Believe” was written and recorded the day she received the text from her aunt that her close cousin, Mackenzie DeClue, was beginning his “End of Life Therapy” for glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer with no cure. Before the text, it seemed as if life would continue as normal. Mackenzie was undergoing new treatments and seemed to be feeling better—good enough to go outside and work out. Morgan was getting consistent music gigs in Boston, where she would often visit Mac.
That day after the text, in her producer’s recording studio in LA, Morgan and her producer suddenly both thought of the same song: her grandfather’s favorite song, Roger Whittaker’s “I Believe.” Perhaps it was the similarities between her grandfather and Mackenzie that brought the song to Morgan’s mind or a sudden spark of inspiration, the two of them put pen to paper and began writing. Using a combination of gospel sound, lyric inspiration from Roger Whittaker’s “I Believe,” and the need for musical empowerment; Morgan and producer, Jason Mater, wrote and recorded the emotionally raw single, “I Believe” that very day.
It’s not your typical alt rock, head-banger sound that we tend to feature at the Mystic Music Magazine playground, but I thought it was important to a feature song and up-coming album that places an importance on the healing effects of music. Morgan’s vocals in this song are stripped bare to the very soul of this song and I think it was song she needed to write at a difficult time in her life. When I asked her to tell me her favorite line she told me this:
“When you’ve lost all hope, I believe the morning will come,
I believe you’ll forever be young I believe no one’s gone”
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