My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

Artist Spotlight: Craig Morgan

craig-morgan-456nm062411Craig Morgan Greer was born July 17, 1964 in Kingston Springs Tennessee. In his early life he was an army brat, serving on active duty for nine and half years and spending six and half years in the reserves. He got serious about a music career once he returned home to The Volunteer State.

Morgan worked odd jobs, including stents as a construction worker and security guard, before landing a gig as a demo singer. It led to a recording contract with Atlantic Records, where he released his eponymous debut in 2000. Morgan signed with Broken Bow Records in 2002, a year after Atlantic’s Nashville division shuttered.

He would enjoy his greatest success with the three albums he released for the label. “Almost Home,” the second single from his sophomore album was his first top ten single. His relationship with country radio remained rocky until 2005, when the spiritual “That’s What I Like About Sunday” skyrocketed to #1 for four consecutive weeks. He followed with the #2 “Redneck Yacht Club.”

In 2006, Morgan was awarded the USO Merit Award in recognition of his tireless support for U.S. Soldiers and their families. He’s performed numerous USO Tours and has been active in raising funds for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

2008 was another transitional year for Morgan. He departed Broken Bow in February and signed with BNA Records shortly thereafter. His first single for the label, “Love Remembers,” peaked inside the top 10. He was performing on the military base at Fort Bragg when John Conlee surprised him with an invite to join The Grand Ole Opry. Morgan was formally inducted in late October.

While Morgan never reached those heights again, he enjoyed moderate success until “Still A Little Chicken Left on that Bone” peaked outside the top 30 in 2010. He would leave BNA for Black River shortly after that single tanked.

In recent years he’s enjoyed two top twenty hits: “This Ole Boy” and “Wake Up Lovin’ You” as well as success on the small screen. Morgan is the host (going on seven seasons) of Outdoors Channel’s popular Craig Morgan’s All Access Outdoors, which chronicles his life both on stage and as an avid outdoorsman. In his personal life he resides in Nashville with his wife Karen and their six children.

Morgan’s third album for Black River, A Whole Lot More To Me, will be released early this month. It’s proceeded by the singles “When I’m Gone” and “I’ll Be Home Soon,” which shipped to radio in Mid-May of this year.

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