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"I feel like I've been writing it forever, but also that I have so much more to say," states morgxn on his upcoming debut album, vital. "My album is meant to be a conversation starter. It's a beginning for me."
In "translucent," the just-released lead single from vital, morgxn explores the pain in heartache and the realization that relationships don't always turn out as we visioned. "Yeah he's over you / he's lost his point of view / he's stuck on Hollywood / it's not your fault," he sings in the opening verse. In the chorus he professes, "Cuz I came here looking for my hallelujah," and faces that realization that all is not as he envisioned.
In "translucent," as with his previously released songs, morgxn captivated fans with his infectious pop musicality that's expertly infused with deeply personal, complex yet relatable lyrics. It's in this honesty, vulnerability, and authenticity that morgxn's music resonates and connects with his legion of fans. We'll have "translucent" on repeat while we eagerly await the arrival of vital on May 18.
Speaking about the relationship between his songs and his fans, morgxn stated, "I never really belonged growing up… and I find my home on the road and with the people I meet… These songs are bedroom admissions caught in my mind for so long and expressed on a page. These thoughts are what kept me moving when I felt I couldn't. I'm more honest with my songs than I am with my friends."
His music is empowering and cathartic for not only his fans, but they've also helped morgxn deal with the sudden loss of his father. The loss affected him deeply, as he shared, "I could physically feel myself slipping away, but there were times I kept the light on by listening to these songs." While vital will contain mostly new songs including "translucent," it will also contain a few previously released songs. His song "Home" has been a hit with fans as well as earning spot on ABC, NBC, The CW, HBO, and was recently used to promote NBC's new drama, Rise. This is indeed just a beginning for morgxn.
While a headlining tour is in the works, you can catch morgxn supporting X Ambassadors in Europe and at SXSW this week.
OTW: You just released the first single from your upcoming debut album. How does that feel?
morgxn: I don't know if words will express the feeling quite like sharing this with the world. I feel like i've been writing it forever, but also that I have so much more to say. My album is meant to be a conversation starter. It's a beginning for me.
OTW: What inspired "translucent"?
morgxn: I think there's what inspires a song, what inspires you to finish a song, and then what inspires you to release a song. I think there are different stages that I never considered when I first started writing songs. I can tell you there was a boy I met that I thought I saw my whole future with, but that slipped away. But more than him - cuz he doesn't deserve the heartache - I thought my life was laid out. And that was not true…
OTW: When did you realize "translucent" was going to be the lead single from your debut album?
morgxn: When i told my label that's what i wanted. I really felt this song wanted to come first. There was a time I doubted if that impulse was right - because like "too many feelings." The truth is the impulses and is really where the magic happens.
OTW: After releasing a handful of songs, you're about to release your debut album on May 18. Are the songs fans have loved to date going to appear on the album, or is it a brand new set of songs? What can you share about the songs and songwriting process for the album?
morgxn: There will be a few songs from earlier releases on the album, but it is mostly all new songs. Part of the album experience was about finding out which songs still resonated with me and served a part of a larger story and arc. I've been through a lot the last couple of years. If you are here for the deep cuts like me, you'll remember I was going to release an EP a couple years ago. But I lost my father suddenly, and it sent me reeling in more ways than I expected. i could physically feel myself slipping away, but there were times i kept the light on by listening to these songs. i don't want to reveal the titles yet because that's part of the story. and where the songs fall is also part of the story.
OTW: Since releasing "Love You With The Lights On," your music has continued to resonate with fans. You've tackled difficult subjects in your songs, and it's very vulnerable, honest, and authentic with an incredibly catchy and melodic sound. How important is that the authenticity and realness of your work?
morgxn: Last night I played a show in San Diego to a room full of people who were mostly new to my music, but the people that weren't new had seen me play a show in the last year and came back to see me. That's the realest thing I can possibly express. These songs are bedroom admissions caught in my mind for so long and expressed on a page. these thoughts are what kept me moving when I felt I couldn't. I'm more honest with my songs than I am with my friends.
OTW: "Home" has become an inspiring anthem for fans and was featured in the commercial for NBC's new show, Rise. How important was "Home" and the fans' reaction to it?
morgxn: I have received notes from people all over the world including countries that don't openly support LGBT humxns. I am so grateful for every note I receive. I feel like an outsider who found his tribe. When I lost my dad, I lost a part of myself in the mirror, and a lot of that was a part that I no longer had to play - which was that of a perfect son. And yet every day I hear the song on a commercial or feel people singing along at a show… all I wish for is that he could hear it. I never really belonged growing up… and i find my home on the road and with the people I meet.
OTW: You recently played a headlining show in LA, have several shows at SXSW, and are heading out to Europe to open for X-Ambassadors. What's your favorite part of performing live shows and can we hold out hope for a tour with the new album?
morgxn: When they know the words. And yes.
OTW: You've been outspoken about your support for #MeToo and #MarchForOurLives movement. You've also talked your experience at the 2017 Women's March – how have these movements and moments affected your art and music?
morgxn: What I learned through loss - both personal and collective - is that it can only make the strong stronger. We are in a phoenix rising kind of vibration right now. And I am here for it.
OTW: Right now, what is vital for you?
morgxn: You are what is vital to me.
OTW: Who are some artists that have inspired you lately and are Ones To Watch?
morgxn: MILCK (music). Janelle Kroll (music). James R Eads (visual art).