Average jane debuts on billboard at #4
(Feb. 10, 2018) On the heels of her new album, Average Jane, breaking into the regional Billboard Heatseekers Chart and iTunes Top Country Albums Chart, Sara Morgan’s career as a neo-traditional country recording artist and performing songwriter is quickly garnering critical acclaim.
“Sara Morgan [...] brings a freshness to country music that hasn’t been there since the debut of Reba, Shania Twain and Carrie Underwood.” -- Robert Leggett, LA Music Critic/Indie Voice blog
MusicRow magazine’s Robert K. Oermann described the album’s lead single, “The Boots” as “cleverly written and sung with spunk, moxie, and verve”. Michelle Bacon with The Bridge 909 praised the acoustic track, “Sick of Sayin Goodbye” as a “gorgeously heartrending song”. Jeff Jones, on-air personality at The Moose 92.9 FM in Storm Lake, IA, said “the whole album deserves (radio) spins.” READ MORE
Exclusive Interview 5/20/18
Sara recently sat down for an interview with The Country Startpage and revealed the name of her favorite songwriter, who she thinks the ultimate duet would be performed by, and which of her songs means to most to her. You might be surprised to learn what her dad does in his spare time, why she chose to perform country music, and the character trait that she believes makes talented musicians legendary. Full article.
Sara Plays KC Star Sessions - 4/23/2018
Sara at kofo; Album of The Week at wrs
“The entire album deserves (radio) spins.”
— Jeff Jones, DJ - 92.9 The Moose (Storm Lake, IA)
Congratulations Sara on your Billboard Debut!
LA Music Critic: Album Review (2/6/18)
“Sara Morgan is a no-nonsense, country-music singing, southern belle who brings a freshness to country music that hasn’t been there since the debut of Reba, Shania Twain and Carrie Underwood.”
1/25/18 Average Jane -- 101.3 The Outlaw, Springfield, MO
1/25/18 Average Jane -- KR 92, Belleville, Kansas Live Appearance
Review: "Sick of Sayin' Goodbye" (1/19/18)
“One of the highlights of Sara Morgan's newest album is "Sick of Sayin' Goodbye," a gorgeously heartrending song that features only her voice (with some classic country harmonies) and an acoustic guitar.”
MusicRow Review: "The Boots" (1/18/18)
Eight One Sixty Introduces Average Jane 1/16/18
Listen to Sara's interview on Eight One Sixty with Chris Haghirian -- The Bridge (90.9 FM). Interview begins about 35 seconds in.
Tasty Brew Music Show Debuts Average Jane - 1/16/18
Sara's interview with Diana Linn on the Tasty Brew Morning Show - 90.1 FM begins at 4:40 minutes in.
Sara included in Bridge 909 New Music for New Year
Sara Morgan - Average Jane
Release Date: January 26
Sara Morgan’s songs have a definitive contemporary country flair, with dazzling pedal steel swells and a high-spirited honky-tonk twang. But what sets her work apart is her acumen as a songwriter, evident on the upcoming release “Average Jane.” A project almost two years in the making, Morgan’s debut full-length (the follow up to her 2015 EP “Easy To Dream”) accentuates her capabilities as a vocalist and her penchant to create thoughtful arrangements and attractive melodies. Get a preview of “Average Jane” next Friday, Jan. 19 at Knuckleheads Gospel Lounge. READ MORE
Sara Opens for Ryan Adams October 3, 2017
SALINA , KS - Kansas City-based singer-songwriter Sara Morgan will perform a solo acoustic opener for alternative country rocker Ryan Adams. Influenced by Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, Morgan’s current single off her upcoming debut album, “Average Jane,” is “Never Been to Nashville.” Adams, a singer-songwriter, record producer and poet, has released 15 solo albums and three albums with his former band, the alternative country group Whiskeytown. His songs include “Hotel Chelsea Nights,” “Gimme Something Good,” “To Be Young,” “Come Pick Me Up” and “Dear John.”
• WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
• WHERE: Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts, 151 S. Santa Fe , Salina, KS
• TICKETS: $35, $47
• INFO: 827-1998 or stiefeltheatre.org
Boulevardia Welcomes Sara Morgan
Since hitting the road last year on radio tour, Kansas City's country darling has been hard to catch around the hometown music scene. After gigging in Iowa, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Indiana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Nebraska, the girl Frank Hicks (owner, Knuckleheads Saloon) refers to as "Kansas City's Queen of Country" will be bringing the band back to familiar stomping grounds for a 40-minute set of new original tunes at Boulevardia. Fans will have an opportunity to hear brand new material from Sara's latest project, Average Jane, an 11-song LP scheduled for a January 28, 2018 release.
As if traveling and promoting her regional hit single, "Drive a Tractor" at 70 radio stations in seven states in seven weeks weren't enough of a feat, Sara is adding to her list of accomplishments in big ways -- with two of her original songs appearing in a film on the big screen. "Already Wrecked" and "Walk Me Through" can be heard in two scenes in the film Different Flowers, written and directed by Morgan Dameron and currently making the rounds at major film festivals.
A standing room only crowd squeezed into Kansas City's renowned Gospel Lounge on August 13 to be part of the sold out show in which ticket holders listened to, and became part of, a live-album recording featuring brand new songs by performing singer songwriter, Sara Morgan. Morgan plowed her way through fourteen originals with fans singing along on a familiar tune or two. Only after Morgan finished the last strum of her guitar signaling the end of each song did the crowd erupt into extended applause and loud cheering, indicating their enjoyment of the evening. When Morgan finished her set, the crowed immediately demanded an encore. Morgan obliged with her rendition of John Prine's ANGEL FROM MONTGOMERY. The live recording will be available via digital download later this fall.
While at Folk Alliance, Sara received an artist's deal with Taylor Guitars. Shout out to Tim Godwin for that partnership!
Click HERE to listen to Sara's recent interview on the Randy Miller Radio Show where she talks about her newest project, guitars, and more.
Pictured are, from left to right: Michael Seward, Carl Butler, Sara Morgan (with her newest Taylor, a 522 12 fret), Randy Miller, Tim Godwin (Taylor Guitars).
Sara Shares Bill With Songwriter Radney Foster
Sara opened for hit songwriter Radney Foster in the Gospel Lounge at Knuckleheads, Kansas City, on Saturday, September 10, 2016. Foster, who also hosts CMT's music anthology series "Crossroads", played to a packed house. Sara performed a half hour set prior to Foster's show with original songs from her most recent EP, Easy to Dream. She also played a few songs from her upcoming project, a 12-song album whose title will be released soon. After meeting and greeting fans, Foster sat down and talked to Sara about Nashville, songwriting, and where to find the best Mexican food in music city.
The first hour of the February 2 edition of Your Tasty Brew Winter Pledge Drive Show will feature the best in Americana and Roots Music with special in studio guests Joelle St. Pierre and Wyatt West in support of a February 13 event at Coda to raise funds and awareness for the Midwest Music Foundation.
In hour 2…it was exactly one year ago that Kansas City based country artist Sara Morgan debuted “One Night at the Opry” on The Tasty Brew Music Radio Show to help raise funds for KKFI’s Winter Pledge Drive. In the second hour (7 am Central) of the February 2 show, lucky KKFI listeners will once again hear a Sara Morgan broadcast debut and more live in studio performance in support of the 2016 Winter Pledge Drive for YOUR community radio station. This time the tune is “Drive a Tractor,” a song that is serving as the cornerstone of a new campaign by Ms. Morgan to help raise awareness and promote education for young people to pursue careers in agriculture. Read More Here
10/29/15 - Keep it simple, singers say about 'The Star-Spangled Banner'
Sara Evans’ rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night was neither infamous nor exemplary.
If the spectrum of “best to worst national anthem performances” runs from Whitney Houston’s spine-tingling version before Super Bowl XXV in January 1991 to to Carl Lewis’ disastrous rendition during the NBA Finals in 1993, Evans’ is somewhere in between, but closer to Houston’s.
You could argue she altered it too much and dragged it out a little too long, elongating notes and words, like “ramparts,” which she stretched into a three-second vocal run. Her version clocked in at about 2 minutes and eight seconds; Houston’s (which was pre-recorded), by comparison, was about a minute and 56 seconds.
It takes courage and nerves to sing a song live in front of a stadium filled with nearly 40,000 fans and to a television audience of millions, especially a song as difficult as the national anthem. But those who have performed it say there are ways to ensure that the performance goes smoothly and memorably. Or at least not infamously.
Sara Morgan, a country music singer from Kansas City, has performed the anthem before Kansas City Royals, Sporting KC and Missouri Mavericks games. She said she follows a list of dos and don’ts. One of her don’ts is something Evans did: Fuss with the melody.
“Do: breathe,” she said. “Breathing in the right places is key to singing the song well. Don’ts: Don’t start in a key that’s too high, don’t try to dress it up; and don’t drag it out. Read More
10/3/15 - Solo Show Ends With Standing Ovation/Encore
Departing from the usual, upbeat and predictable opening song ("Changed Man") fans have grown accustomed to, concert goers were treated to a magical, as well as unforgettable, opening performance of "My Heart Lives in Georgia". From the first tenderly delivered melancholy note, a hush fell over the room and the audience listened attentively as Morgan, a country performer, showcased her soulful, bluesy vocals with this original ballad from her first album, The Crazy One.
Mid-way through the evening, Morgan pulled out several familiar crowd favorites such as the 90's punk-rock sounding "Bridesmaid", traditional country song "Easy to Dream", (a cut written by Jeff Porter of the Rainmakers), "Thank God", an upbeat pop country track, power ballad "Walk Me Through", love song "The One I Want", and the dreamer's song, "One Night at the Opry."
After 90 minutes of nonstop music, Morgan received a lengthy standing ovation and the audience demanded an encore. Morgan obliged with her trademark song, "Never Been to Nashville", from her Let Me Get There EP. Pastor Carl joined her on stage for the final number of the evening.
ASR Features Sara as Artist of Month
9/24/2015 - Bridge 90.9 Live Session
9/13/15: Crossroads Fest showcases Kansas City’s diverse music scene
Sara Morgan at the Main Stage: Covers of songs by the iconic Dolly Parton and current country upstart Kacey Musgraves revealed the range of Morgan’s influences during a performance at a makeshift performance space in a gravel parking lot. Backed by the quartet that played on her new EP, “Easy to Dream,” Morgan also made a strong case for powerful original material like “Already Wrecked.” Read Full Story Here
7/28/15 -- "Thank God" Added to Playlist
7/29/15 -- Sara to perform at Youthfront
7/17/15 -- Writer on the Rise
The Nashville Songwriters Association International has recommended that three of the songs from Sara's Easy to Dream EP, be considered for the Pitch to Publisher luncheon to be held in August in Nashville, TN. Publishers and industry professionals will be in attendance. The songs recommended are: "Thank God (He Made Me Wait For You", "Never Look Old to Me", and "One Night at the Opry".
Sara performed the National Anthem at Sporting Park in Kansas City prior to the Sporting Kansas City vs. FC Dallas game in the 2015 Lamar Hunt Open Cup on Wednesday, July 1, 2015.
6/24/2015 -- HCN with Craig Wayne Boyd
6/19/2015 -- Local Listen: Sara Morgan
The June release of her six-song EP is likely to make Sara Morgan one of Kansas City's most popular singer-songwriters. This week's edition of Local Listen [...] Read Full Story
6/16/15 -- PorchFest Returns to Kansas City
[...] "Of all the shows I did last year, PorchFest is the one I wanted to be asked back to," said Sara Morgan, a local country singer/songwriter. "I'd never done anything like it." Read Full Story
6/14/15 -- Kansas City Woman on Path to Sharing Stage with Country Legends
6/11/15 -- Sara Morgan Releases 'Easy to Dream'
6/9/2015 -- Sara Morgan Releases a New EP
Sara Morgan is about as country as it gets -- something she is unabashedly proud of on her latest EP, Easy to Dream, out today. The 25-year-old Arkansas native says she has found an unlikely support system and an audience [...] Read More
11/19/14 -- Sara Morgan is a small-town girl chasing a big-time music dream
By Timothy Finn, The Kansas City Star
Despite the title of one of her favorite songs, Sara Morgan has been to Nashville. She spent two whirlwind days there in September. And she met her country music heroine, Loretta Lynn. [...] Read More