Strutting her stuff down The Nashville County Line is Morgan Riley, hot on the scene, and getting her kicks from all her Rowdy Shoutin’ Cowboy’s. Singing it loud and proud in the Nashville Music Scene, in the back of her Cowboy’s Pick up Truck. Check out what all she had to say during our interview, and find out how those Nashville girl’s are doing it down south.
Tell us a little about where you are from.
I am originally from Maryland but I live in Greenville, SC. now.
When did you start performing music?
I started singing for weddings and anniversaries for friends and family when I was 5. I was always the little entertainer getting up and singing a few songs.
Which instruments are you most proficient with?
My main instrument is my voice. Singing always just came natural to me. I am a writer also and I play a little bit of guitar.
Describe your music interests and abilities.
I can sing all types of genres, even opera, but my main interest is country music with my own style infused with some rock and pop.
What famous musicians inspire you?
Garth Brooks, has always been one of my favorites. His music is amazing and he makes each song his own. I also love singers with big voices like Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood and Carrie Underwood, they always inspire me to keep strengthening my vocal talent. I love Taylor Swifts’ writing style, she always inspires me to be more poetic with my music.
“I love Taylor Swifts’ writing style, she always inspires me to be more poetic with my music.”
Name your best musical memory growing up or professionally.
I have two memories when I performed a solo at the Kennedy center with my choir in Washington, DC and when I was hand-picked in my choir to sing an Italian Opera for the Oklahoma Bombing Memorial Service in front of the Governor.
“I was hand-picked in my choir to sing an Italian Opera for the Oklahoma bombing memorial service in front of the governor.”
Anything new in the works?
I am getting ready to release my second single to radio. My first single did so great on New Music Weekly charts that I was nominated for female country artist of the year and breakthrough artist of the year. Voting is about to commence.
“My first single did so great on New Music Weekly charts that I was nominated for female country artist of the year and breakthrough artist of the year.”
Any Public events that you’d like to shout out?
The chords for cause benefit coming up is to raise money for the Vanderbilt children’s hospital in Nashville. Also CMA Fest in June. It’s a great way for fans to meet the artists, buy merch, get free autographed photos, and listen to their favorite artists performing live.
“The chords for cause benefit coming up is to raise money for the Vanderbilt children’s hospital in Nashville.”
How do you balance your music with family and friends?
I invite my family and friends to my shows and no matter what event I always try to include them in the festivity, that way I can work and spend time with them.
Do you get nervous before a performance?
I get a little nervous and really excited before I go on stage, but once I am on stage, all the nerves go away, and I just enjoy every minute of it.
“Once I am on stage, all the nerves go away, and I just enjoy every minute of it.”
Any advice for artists’ just starting out?
“Promote, promote, promote.”
Try to get your music in every outlet you can. Put your music on all the social media sites. Go to open mic’s to try and find musicians to start up a band and perform any chance you get.
“Try to get your music in every outlet you can.”
How might you handle mistakes on the big stage?
If I mess up on a song I usually just play it off and improve. I try not to ever let the audience know I messed up and I never stop no matter what happens.
“I never stop no matter what happens.”
Who is your biggest supporter?
My parents have supported me my whole life and they have always believed in my dream.
Most Favorite Song to perform and why?
I love performing my song “It wasn’t me” because it’s so passionate and I can really show off my strong vocals and it shows my sensitive side as an artist.
Tell us about the video you are sharing with us.
The video is my very first music video and first radio single.
“Rowdy Shoutin Cowboys“
Where can we follow your career at?
The best place to follow me is on my Website morganrileycountry.com
About Johnny Naylor:
Johnny Naylor is the founder and owner of 1st Shot Music and a feature writer for Jammerzine. His work can also be found on 1st Shot Music and Naylor’s Notes. You can also get his latest updates on his facebook page.