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“Music connects people who will never meet, uniting them in the most profound and unforgettable manner, in a place they cannot see nor touch, but they can feel as nothing else. What kind of a miracle is that”?
Singer/songwriter and producer Hollister (MD) Morgan began songwriting in 1972 while performing on the streets of San Francisco. His trio MGM Grand was given a Warner Bros. deal a few years later.
He released a single, “Ballerina” on Decision Records in 1978, the first commercially released signed limited edition 45 rpm record (according to Jerry Osborne’s Goldmine). The inspiration was an exotic dancer in a seedy downtown San Diego strip joint. That year he was asked to write and produce a tribute song (For Every Star That Rises) for “To Elvis: Love Still Burning”, the world’s first commercially released picture disc.
He produced and was featured with Max D. Barnes and Dan McCorrison on the album “Song of the American Trucker” released in 1979 by Lakeshore Music & Big Wheels Records.
The following year he was featured (Out On The Road Again) with Max D. Barnes, Vern Gosdin, Dan McCorrison, Bobby Bare, George Jones, and Joe Sun on a very successful greatest country hits album released in Europe by Intercord. He was invited to tour Europe with some of those artists by the tour’s sponsor West.
During that time he was working in Nashville at Sunbird Records with Nelson Larkin and Earl Thomas Conley. There he co-authored several songs with writer Glen Barber Jr for CBS Songs Publishing and also co-wrote with Billy Larkin. Later during a second stint in Nashville he co-wrote with Max’s sister, Ruthie Barnes-Steel and cut demos for her, himself and others.
In 1999 he had multiple cuts on “One for the Road”, a soundtrack CD released for Reelife Records with the award winning documentary “A Mistress Called the Road”. The documentary was one of the most successful independent home video releases ever and earned 7 major awards and was broadcast on PBS.
In 2001 he was the Music Supervisor and created much of the soundtrack for the Discovery Health documentary “The Tom Whittaker Story; One Step at a Time” which was broadcast worldwide for many years.
He released the 12 song CD “The Garage Demos” in 2013 on All Night Garage Records, and is currently working on a CD of new material.
“Songwriting for me is just an essential process like breathing. I write because I have to and I don’t do it for fame or fortune or hits or anyone else. I love the process and the discovery and the joy and the need of it. If anyone finds something in my work that is just a bonus and added joy. And thank you for it if you do”.