On the heels of his May 11 self-titled debut EP, Nashville-born singer/songerwriter/actor/artist Morgan Karr returns to Music City Monday, June 13 for a one-night only benefit concert at Mercy Lounge, raising money and awareness for Nashville’s Oasis Center.
With a bio that reads like a classic success story, Nashville’s own Morgan Karr moved from Music City to New York’s Big Apple to pursue a career in the performing arts. While studying at Northwestern, Morgan was cast in the multi-Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Spring Awakening. During his time with the show–the final six months of it’s Broadway run–he was a member of the ensemble, as well as understudy for second male lead, Moritz.
In 2010,Karr performed in–and won 1st place honors– at Harlem’s iconic Apollo Theatre as a contestant at the famed Amateur Night At The Apollo competition. Taking full advantage of the momentum his talents generated, Karr took his act on the road and across the country with sold-out performances at landmark venues from NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall,Joe’s Pub and The Bitter End to LA’s Barre Vermont, with a recent EP release party in Philly.
As for what genre of music Karr fits into, he doesn’t. After sampling some of his recent work, including videos of recent shows and tracks from his self-titled 3-song EP, it’s difficult to peg Karr’s musical stylings with just one genre. By looks alone, he favors the style of a modern-day Buddy Holly or perhaps a reinvisioned member of Rat Pack. Combine that with a vocal style somewhere between Rufus Wainwright and Robbie Williams , along with some serious tickling of the ivories and it’s easy to see why his official bio touts, “His music sits at an intersection of genres including pop, soul, rock and country which many affectionately characterize as “too theater to be pop, and too pop to be theater.”
Instead of categorizing Morgan Karr as too this or that, suffice it to say, Morgan Karr presents the perfect mix of talent, looks, stage presence and style to label the up-and-coming talent, one to watch.
Monday night’s Mercy Lounge concert will no doubt showcase Morgan‘s original songs I Don’t Want to Be Right, Today and the appropriately titled, Feels Like Home, but you can also expect the versatile performer to throw in a few covers from such artists ranging from Bruno Mars to Maroon 5 and yes, Broadway fans, Morgan‘s sure to incorporate a showtune or two into the setlist.
Tonight won’t be the first time Morgan has teamed with Oasis Center, a local organization dedicated to helping Nashville youth in crisis. According to an article Karr himself penned for Oasis Center‘s website, he first became affiliated with the not-for-profit Oasis Center when he was a sophomore in High School. He continued to work closely with the organization during his junior and senior years, as part of their Oasis Youth Council. As a senior, he became a Youth Representative for their Board of Directors and became their first-ever teenage co-chair, alongside his Mom, Jackie Karr. In his Oasis Center article, Karr revealed, “Coming Back to Nashville to play my first concert while raising money for the organization that taught me to never give up–it’s the best way to finally come home.”
Morgan Karr: A Benefit for The Oasis Center at Nashville’s Mercy Lounge will begin at 7pm on Monday, June 13. Tickets are available in three levels. $15 for Students (18+), $25 for General Admission and $50 for a special VIP Package, with all proceeds from the event benefitting The Oasis Center of Nashville. At the time of this article, online ticketing for this event has closed. All remaining tickets can be purchased at the door.
For more about The Oasis Center, CLICK HERE. To purchase Morgan‘s self-titled EP, CLICK HERE.
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