Morgen La Civita / Press
“Morgen La Civita has a voice that's full of context and character. You might not describe it as pretty so much as full of a regal beauty. Like royalty, there's a distance between La Civita and the listener, but her performances are informed and heartfelt in spite of that slight separation. ”
"When you listen to Morgen La Civita’s music the first thing you ask yourself is ‘Where is this girl coming from?’. The music is hard to pigeon-hole and presents a challenge to the listener when trying to divine the source of her inspiration. Americana? Yes. Blues? Yes. Popular song? Yes. Middle Eastern? Yes. Morgen definitely presents us with a melting pot of styles and influences nicely tied together with a sultry voice and excellent production value".
“Morgen LaCivita is a New Jersey-based singer-songwriter whose classically earthy voice recalls greats like Bonnie Raitt, Nina Simone, Chi Coltrane and Roberta Flack. She’s a nice mix of soul singer and introspective balladeer whose strong compositions follow suit. There’s nothing overtly progressive here, though most of these songs have a rich emotional core amidst mixed-and-matched stylistic motifs. This comes through strongly on the likes of “Who I Am,” with the vocalist’s personal insight underscored by stark production and solo piano. “Joni Mitchell Memory” is dedicated to another of LaCivita’s key influences and sounds like a lost track from Mitchell’s Blue period. The dobro guitar accompaniment and solemn mood here suggest a Delta blues meets Celtic vibe. “Dark Water Lullaby” is hauntingly surreal, with a tribal feel signified by varied percussion and exotic rhythms....This is music for your mind, spirit and soul.”
“Morgen meshes Blues, Americana, Folk and World sounds to create a musical style that is truly one of a kind. The atmosphere in many of her songs transports listeners to the deep and mysterious Bayou. Her passionate and gravely vocal delivery is like a shot of Southern Comfort with mystical presence. Morgen has a down-to-earth personality and is driven by a social consciousness that defines her music and her career. ”
“Every so often, I am fortunate enough to review an album that is rare, outstanding, flawless and stunning. Old Souls is one such album. Morgen’s voice is haunting, dark, beautiful, sexy and bewitching. Morgen makes you want to listen to her and you simply enjoy the experience. What I especially love about Old Souls is the depth and great lyrics. Morgen’s lyrics are exceptional and so rare these days. You are told a story, you are taken to a different world, and that is what I call true artistic talent. ”
“I love Morgen's voice...smooth, smoky and silky at the same time. I feel like I'm listening to Carole King round two when I hear this...with a little funky twist. There might even be a little Bonnie Raitt nod. I applaud Ms. Civita's skill on vocal delivery and well placed voice inflections at effective moments in the song. An artist of today who's tapping in to the vibey songwriting of the 70's...”
“ I've known Morgen La Civita for a few years now, through musical social sites as a musician and more so as a friend. She has one of the most soulful and heartfelt voices I have ever heard. I own her first two albums "From the Basement" and "Old Souls", each being excellent albums, standing on their own as masterpieces sung by this grand voice. Just over a week ago, she released "Who I Am"; a collection of solo piano pieces recorded live in studio. This release covers the finest songs I believe that she has written to date. I love to listen to Morgen from time to time, when I want to get away from it all and get lost in the stories that she paints with her lyrics, but with the release of "Who I Am", I get taken to a whole different and greater level of emotion. From the title track at the start of this album ("Who I Am") all the way to the end with "There Are Angels", you are taken on a great journey of various joys, trials and tribulations through well crafted songs...”