Gary Morris – Billboard, CMA, ACM, and Grammy Winner
Gary Morris Recorded October 2021
Chris McKay interviews Billboard, CMA, ACM, and Grammy award winner Gary Morris. Gary is a singer-songwriter with over 25 charted singles. Gary is also a star of television, movies and the broadway stage.
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Although his credits include more than twenty-five other chart singles on the Billboard country charts, “The Wind Beneath My Wings” including five No. 1 hits. He has also released nine studio albums, mostly in the country pop vein, with his 1983 album Why Lady Why having earned a gold certification from the RIAA.
“Headed for a Heartache” that song reached No. 8 on the country chart in late 1981. Two follow-up singles Why Lady Why focused more on ballads. One of the album’s four singles was “Wind Beneath My Wings,” which showcased Morris’ soaring tenor. Written by Larry Henley and Jeff Silbar, the song about heroes — which Morris recorded as a ballad — became one of the earliest hit versions of the song; a better-known version by Bette Midler would top the Billboard Hot 100 in 1989.
The Why Lady Why album also featured the ballad “The Love She Found in Me,””Velvet Chains” and the up-tempoed title track as singles; all of them peaked in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. Also during this time, Morris recorded a duet with Lynn Anderson called “You’re Welcome to Tonight,”
After two more top 10 hits in 1984 — “Between Two Fires” and “Second Hand Heart” — Morris scored his first No. 1 country hit in March 1985 with “Baby Bye Bye.” During what was his most prolific hit-making part of his career, Morris had three more solo No. 1 hits during the next two years: “I’ll Never Stop Loving You,” “100% Chance of Rain” and “Leave Me Lonely.“
He also recorded a chart-topping duet with Crystal Gayle, “Makin’ Up For Lost Time (The Dallas Lovers Song).” Although he rarely saw any success outside country music, many of Morris’ hit songs were in the pop-country vein during the height of his career.
Morris had two more hits in 1987: the solo “Plain Brown Wrapper” and another duet with Gayle called “Another World.” The latter song was used for many years as the theme for the NBC soap opera. After that, Morris’ success on the country charts began to fade, as tastes switched once again to neo-traditional country music. Morris later opened a music publishing office in Nashville, with one of his employees being future star Faith Hill.
In early 2008, Morris released two gospel albums. His most recent CD is called, Faith and Freedom, dedicated to the military troops. Gary Morris performed two songs featured on Juice Newton’s album Duets: Friends & Memories, which was released in October 2010.
Morris took a break from touring to pursue a serious acting career. One of his first big roles was in the Broadway production of Les Misérables, as Jean Valjean. The full symphonic recording of Les Misérables is a platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning album and features Morris’ vocals throughout in the role of Valjean, including his version of the song “Bring Him Home.” Morris has also appeared in a production of Puccini’s opera La Boheme with fellow country/pop singer Linda Ronstadt.
In the 1980s, he did a stint on The Colbys as blind country music singer Wayne Masterson, signed to Dominique Deveraux’s label. On the show, he sang “Try Gettin’ Over You” from his Anything Goes release.
In the 1990s, he spent a great deal of time working on music projects, such as the PBS special concert production, in Moscow, Russia, in the Tretyakov Gallery. He returned to country music in the 1990s, performing in concerts and as a record producer. Morris hosted and also produced the Nashville network’s The North American Sportsman. In 1992, he appeared in an episode of Designing Women as Julia’s surgeon.
RECENT TEXAN BY THE GRACE OF GOD
Gary’s new album “Sense of Pride” released on Sept. 14 to all major online retailers including iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, Spotify and more. Co-produced by Morris and Michael Bonagura (Baillie & The Boys), the album features nine songs, eight of which are written or co-written by Morris, one song – “The Moment” – was co-written by Kathie Baillie and Michael Bonagura. “Sense of Pride” is Morris’ 13th album