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Atlanta native, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Morgan Shaughnessy is a rising star on the local scene. She takes on as many forms as she does instruments on her genre-defying debut EP, Makeout Scars & Breakout Stars. Her music encompasses a wide range of moods, from nostalgic throwback, to haunting ballad, to windows down rock n’ roll. She has been described as “Etta James born into punk rock".
Morgan was inspired at a young age by the alternative music of the mid-to-late 90s. She quickly developed an eclectic set of musical tastes and influences from oldies to classic rock to hip-hop. Having no formal vocal or instrumental training and with no family history of musicality, her parents were surprised when she begged for a drumset at age 9. She surprised them further when she taught herself to play within a few days, and would soon do the same with numerous other instruments.
Her rare, resonating voice will grab your attention and leave you yearning for more. She eloquently mixes 90s alternative pop and rock with her own brand of indie folk rock. Think Cranberries infused with a little Cat Stevens. All the while she still pays homage to guitar heroes like John Mayer and John Frusciante with her skilled playing ability and willingness to rock out.
More important than any one instrumental piece, and more distinctive than any melody in Morgan’s music is her ability to weave them all together into one uniquely cohesive whole. Her charismatic personality and engaging live performances have endeared her to concert goers, making her fans feel like part of the show.
A vegan since childhood, Morgan has a love, respect, and passion for all living things. Also a nature lover, she frequently incorporates the use of metaphors involving the natural world in her lyrics. She is a strong and vocal advocate for protecting women, children, and animals. Morgan has a unique spiritual vision and her ambition is to inspire positive change.
Morgan has lived through physical challenges that many would consider impossible, yet her passion and commitment to her music has remained unwavering. At many times, it has been her source of strength and stability. After becoming a regular at Smith’s Olde Bar and playing various other venues in Atlanta throughout 2013, she took time off for medical leave and still managed to record her entire debut EP, remarkably, while laying in bed. Her original lyrics tell the story of her life’s loves and struggles.
The cool and catchy “February Moon” will leave you with a feeling of nostalgia for love lost. Two of her classic, earlier recordings are always crowd favorites: “How to Live” and “Heroine.” “Invincible”, a beautiful melodic ballad, crosses generational lines – appealing to music lovers of all ages. Although her recent EP is just a sampling of her entire body of work, rumor has it there are a number of hits currently in the studio. So stay tuned.