The New York Times calls her “A phenomenal talent.” Promoter Berry Gordy Jr. calls Morgan James “sexy and charming” and says “listening to her new album is a pure delight.” Modestans call the soulful singer and songwriter a hometown heroine, a local girl who’s made better than good. Morgan James is a full-fledged star who is now based in New York, and just released Hunter, her full-length debut album for Epic Records. On the album she casts an unbreakable spell with a powerhouse voice equally inspired by smoky soul, swaggering R&B and theatrical swing. The classically trained Juilliard School grad made her first appearance on Broadway in 2008 in The Addams Family alongside Nathan Lane. She’s also had leading roles in Wonderland, Godspell (Turn Back, O Man), and Gordy's Motown, The Musical. The latter set the stage for her to launch her solo career. Gordy recognized the vocalist's immense talent, and helped open the door for a deal with Epic in 2012. Following Morgan James Live on Epic, a critically acclaimed tribute to Nina Simone, Morgan released her first studio album, a neo-soul pop record that was the “culmination of my musical life up to this point,” she says. “The painful songs are straight out of a bad relationship… the joyful moments are wonderful memories. It's all coming from me. I've lived every one of these stories, and I love the genres I'm representing. It's one point-of-view—mine." The title track and album opener Hunter boasts a seductive hook with cinematic noir flair. Flaunting the singer's immense delivery and dynamic presence, it's an undeniable and classy come-on that proves as animalistic as it does magnetic. "I want people to walk away from this album feeling fulfilled. That's the way it used to be. Often, I think I'm from another time,” Morgan says. Doors at 7; show at 8 p.m.
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