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Lorrie Morgan, called one of the most eloquently emotive country vocalists of modern times, will take the stage at the Boykin Center on Friday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m.
Morgan was the first woman in her genre to begin her career with three consecutive platinum albums. Her most recent solo album, “Letting Go … Slow” is a collection that showcases a rainbow of emotions, from darkest heartache to bright, shiny humor.
“Where I am in my life right now, I’m not afraid to express what I feel or what I don’t feel,” she says about the collection’s varied moods. “I’m not afraid to express my views on anything, especially on being a woman. I have been a daughter, a bride, a mother, a divorcee, a widow, a single mother, a breadwinner and, ultimately, a survivor. In many ways, I am a living, breathing country song, and I know what I sing.”
In her songs, you can hear Morgan’s lustrous vocal phrasing and the down-to-earth believability in her torchy performances. On records such as “A Picture of Me Without You” and “I Guess You Had to Be There,” she ached with pain. She was feisty and sassy in “Watch Me,” “What Part of No” “Five Minutes” and “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength.” She has kicked up her stiletto heels in fun on her hits “Except for Monday” and “Go Away.” On her epic “Something in Red,” she was an anguished, struggling everywoman.
Morgan is a Nashville native and the daughter of Country Music Hall of Famer George Morgan. She made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage at age 13, singing “Paper Roses,” and her musical career was firmly established by the time she was 16. She was honored with induction into the Opry cast when she was 24 and was signed to RCA Records in 1987.
Her first three albums, “Leave the Light On” (1989), “Something in Red” (1991) and “Watch Me” (1992), all earned Platinum Record awards, as did her greatest hits collection (1999). “War Paint” (1994), “Greater Need” (1996) and “Shakin’ Things Up” (1997) are all gold record winners.
Tickets are $48 for adults and $45 for seniors and students and are available by calling the Arts Council of Wilson at 252-291-4329, visiting the box office at the Boykin Center (Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), or visiting the website at www.wilsonarts.com where you can purchase tickets online through an eTix link.