May 16, 2014
Morgan invited to play the world’s biggest country music festival
This year has already seen him rack up a #1 hit single and video from his new first album, score a record number of three fan-voted CMC Music Awards (for Oz Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year and Oz Video of the Year), and now, singer-songwriter Morgan Evans is set to hit another career milestone.
Morgan has been invited to Nashville to perform on the legendary Grand Ole Opry radio show in late May and at the world’s biggest country music festival, CMA Music Fest, in early June.
Nashville (aka Music City USA) has been a huge part of Morgan’s musical journey. While in town recording his debut single “Big Skies” seven years ago, he was spotted performing downtown by the CMA Music Festival talent booker and invited to perform in front of over 60,000 people on the festival main stage at LP Field Stadium.
Morgan is thrilled to be invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday 31 May, which will see him check off a major item on his musical bucket list.
“Playing the Opry is something everyone who plays country music dreams of being able to do,” says Morgan. “Standing in that circle on the stage, playing where everyone from Hank Williams and Elvis Presley to Keith Urban has played, gives me chills just thinking about it!”.
The Grand Ole Opry has been called the “home of American music” and “country’s most famous stage.” Every year, hundreds of thousands of people make pilgrimages across the country or around the world to the Grand Ole Opry Theatre to see the show live. Millions more tune in to Opry broadcasts via a mobile app, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Nashville’s 650 AM WSM, and on opry.com and wsmonline.com.
Returning to CMA Music Fest, where Morgan performed on his trip to Nashville in 2007, will be another special moment for the Novocastrian musician.
“The first time I played there I was just starting out and just in awe of the whole scale of the festival”, Morgan recalls. “I’ve grown so much as a musician and performer since then and I can’t wait to get out on the Riverfront Stage and play to that crowd again”.
“The Wednesday 4th June concert offers an energetic set of performances to kick-off the exciting four days of concerts that follow,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “It also gives everyone an excuse to come downtown a day early and enjoy free music in a great venue with enthusiastic fans from all around the world.”
Morgan is in great company at this Kick-Off Concert, as the stage will also play host throughout the festival to so many country stars and legends, including Big & Rich, Billy Ray Cyrus, Wynonna, Kellie Pickler, Craig Campbell and Love and Theft. CMA Music Fest is the world’s biggest country music festival, with 42 years of incredible history and a daily attendance record in 2013 of 80,000.
Morgan Evans is one of the most exciting young stars in Australian music today. After releasing three hit EPs and five #1 singles, this March saw the release of his debut self-titled album, recorded in Nashville with ex-pat Aussie producer, Jedd Hughes. The album, launched with a spectacular festival-stealing performance at CMC Rocks the Hunter 2014, immediately shot to #1 on both the iTunes Country Chart and the ARIA Country Albums Chart, debuting at #20 on the ARIA Mainstream Album Chart. The lead single, “One Eye for An Eye”, topped the CMC National Top 50 Chart for four consecutive weeks.
Morgan’s career has gone from strength to strength, winning fans across the country, with his down to earth likeability, showcased against his charismatic and electrifying live performances at some of Australia’s biggest music festivals and tours. Morgan has been the special guest of iconic international performers including Taylor Swift and Alan Jackson.
His current single and video, “Like A Tornado”, has just been released and debuted at #9 on the CMC National Top 50 Chart this week. Watch the music video here.