A native Tennessean, Cindy Morgan began her journey in a musical family. Her mother, a songwriter and gospel singer who played the piano, and her dad, a Volkswagen mechanic by day and songwriter/guitarist by night, provided Cindy with rich soil to grow in as a musician - especially as a songwriter.
Signing her first record deal with Word Records after high school, the prolific songstress gained instant success with a string of best-selling singer-songwriter pop records, garnering twenty-one number one singles, Dove and Grammy nods, and tours alongside some of the biggest names in gospel music. But it wasn't arena platforms that motivated Cindy's musical ambitions. Personally connecting to listeners through honest songwrting is the heart of her musical attention.
Having had a wide array of songs cut by a diverse roster of artists - including India Arie, Mandisa, David Archuletta, Natalie Grant, Rachael Lampa, Sandi Patty and Michael W. Smith = it is Cindy's own legendary artist discography - featuring songs like "How Could I Ask For More," "I Will Be Free," "Praise the King" and "Listen," a number one single written with her late father Cova Morgan - that endears her to audiences nationwide ”I have loved hearing other people sing songs like 'Praise the King' back to me in concert," Morgan expresses. "Written years ago on Easter morning, it was such a gift from God. I always played new songs to my dad over the phone to get his thoughts. 'Praise the King' was the last song I played for my dad over the phone before he died.”
For her latest release, Some Glad Morning: Hymns & Spiritual Songs, the Nashville songwriter revisits the historic catalog of music that helped shape her musical, and faith, journey. “As I approached how to interpret the hymns on this record, I definitely wanted to maintain the original spirit of each song but I also wanted to make them my own—interpreting them the way I hear them in my head and my heart," she explains.
Utilizing simple but effecitive arrangements and instrumention - like the moody minor rendering of the typically effervescent "I'll Fly Away," or the haunting acoustic piano and cello duet accompaniment on "Jesu Joy/Sweet Hour of Prayer" - to speak new life into these time-tested tunes, Cindy says hymns' multi-generational and cultural appeal is a huge part of their draw on culture throughout history. "In hymns, people from ages 6 to 86 can meet on an equal plane to lean back in a creaky pew and just sing."
And as she looks back, the young industry legend says she is still excited to simply sing and write. "I am so glad to be a part of the music community. To write songs that encourage someone else with the supernatural power of words and notes.”
One of Christian music's most influential singer/songwriters, Cindy Morgan has garnered 12 GMA Dove Awards, including the prestigious Songwriter of the Year trophy. With 21 #1 hits to her credit, Morgan has penned songs for such artists as India Arie, Point of Grace, Mandisa and Francesca Battistelli, among many others. Part of the lauded indie/pop duo St. Lola in the Fields, with longtime writing partner Jeremy Bose, the collaborators' songs have been featured on such programs as "One Tree Hill," "Drop Dead Diva," and "Pretty Little Liars," as well as being heard in hundreds of stores (Gap, Banana Republic) throughout the US. Morgan's latest solo effort, 2011's critically-acclaimed Hymns & Spirituals: Some Glad Morning, features Americana/folk-inspired arrangements of such beloved selectsion as "I'll Fly Away", "It Is Well" and "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms." For more information visit: cindymorganmusic.com.