Hymns & Spirituals
This native Tennessean began her journey in a musical family - her mother a songwriter and gospel singer who played the piano. Her dad, a VW mechanic by day whose true love was in writing songs and playing guitar was rich soil for her to grow in as a writer. Throughout her musical journey, starting at Word Records barely out of high school, her true passion has always been the songs and how they connect with a listener.
Cindy has received 12 Dove Awards in her career both as a recording artist and songwriter, including the coveted Dove award for Songwriter of the Year. She received a Dove for Country Song of the Year "How You Live" recorded by Point of Grace; as well a Dove Award for Country Song of the Year "I Wish" also recorded by Point of Grace.
Cindy's musical adventure has to date garnered 21 number one hits and many other commercial releases. Here are some of those songs:
India Arie "Summer"
David Archeletta "Some Kind Of Perfect"
Mandisa "True Beauty"
Mandisa "He Is With You"
Francesca Battistelli "Hold Out For Love"
Phil Stacey "Some Kind Of Love"
Britt Nicole "Set the World On Fire"
Rachael Lampa "Blessed"
Mark Shultz "Letters From War"
Who she is...
Cindy Morgan... singer/songwriter, wife, and mother of two beautiful girls.
New Project... (Hymns & Spirituals)
When talking to Cindy about Hymns & Spirituals, you quickly get the feeling that this is a project dear to her. She states...
"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. "I'll Fly Away" for instance is still upbeat but a little more on the moody/quirky side of happy. "Just As I Am" has always seemed like such an important song in terms of what it has defined over the years in churches... the song that brought people to make the all important journey down the aisle from country churches and even stadiums listening to George Beverly Shea."
Cindy's Approach... (Hymns & Spirituals)
"For me, the production of this record would be like a really great and simple recipe... only a few ingredients but each ingredient has to be just right. I love the earthy sounds of the acoustic piano, because there were no baby-grands in my childhood. I also love the mixture of that with an ambient slide guitar and harmonica thanks to Jason Goforth (he is awesome!), which brings something very old into a very modern, dreamlike state. The cello played by my sweet friend Cara Slaybaugh is so beautiful and haunting and adds a bit of sadness and depth in all the right places. Stephen Leiweke added some oh just right acoustic Guitar and Chris Donohue played some fine and not so traditional upright bass. Other than that... family harmony... I remember being about 10 years old, singing with my mom and my sister Sam - we loved to sing in three-part harmony. Though it wasn't possible to have them sing on the record (that would have been so cool though) I tried to do the parts that I thought they would have and maybe a few more unorthodox ones that they might not have... but harmony is definitely a big part of this record."
New Songs... (Hymns & Spirituals)
"There are a handful of new songs on the project. "Worry", (which I co-wrote with my good friend J Bose) is a song about something that is an ongoing struggle for me. I love what Phil Madeira did on this song... love the slide!"
Cindy's Thoughts On "Praise the King"
"I have loved hearing other people sing this song back to me in concerts. It was written years ago on Easter morning... such a gift from God. Also, it was the last song I played for my dad over the phone (I used to always play new songs over the phone to my dad to get his thoughts) before he died."
Cindy is also a part of an Indie pop band, signed to Nettwerk Records - St.Lola in the Fields with her longtime writing partner Jeremy Bose. With songs featured on One Tree Hill, Drop Dead Diva, Pretty Little Liars, ABC Christmas Special as well as the music being heard in hundreds of stores (Gap, Banana Republic, Anthropologie) throughout the U.S.
A Note From Cindy
"I am just so glad to be a part of the music community. To make music, write songs and hopefully, ultimately, encourage someone else with music. It is the supernatural power of notes and words to reach someone where they live."