His Latest Album Is Proof That His Message Of Love Remains At The Top Of The Charts.
LexAnn Media recently sat down for a heart-to-heart with Grammy Winner and Multi-platinum Award Winning Artist – His Royal Highness, Roy “Gramps” Morgan to discuss the success he has been having with his latest album “Positive Vibration“.
LexAnn Media (LAM): How are you feeling today Gramps? 🙂
Gramps Morgan: I’m doing well and pushing through in-spite all that is happening in the world around us. I am still GRATEFUL!
LAM: First we would like to say that we hope all is well with you and your family during these trying times. We are sending you some Positive Vibration.
LAM: So, Gramps you are always giving your fans something to think about in your songs, do you write most or all of your songs?
Gramps: Yes, I do write all of my songs, especially on this new project that I collaborated on with Johnny Reid and a lot of other new and up and coming songwriters who I’ve always wanted to work with and to help me become a better songwriter. This is one of the most collaborative album I have done when it comes to songwriting.
LAM: That’s great, we are so looking forward to enjoying this album for a long time to come.
LAM: What is your inspiration or what motivate you to keep going, and to keep writing?
Gramps: Just life itself inspire me and motivate me. When I see people who might need a certain message; almost like a pastor or a parent, I believe it is our duty as singers and players of instruments to uplift people and bring light into their lives through the music.
LAM: Do you play any instruments and if so which one(s)?
Gramps: Yes, I play a little bit of guitar but my main instrument is keyboards in Organ.
LAM: During the pandemic lock down you manage to give your fans some calmness through your music; what kept you calm? How were you able to not let all what was happening in the world around you stop you from writing and singing?
Gramps: I really didn’t lean upon my own understanding, I just thought of my happy place in the wonderful mountains in Jamaica and here in Nashville, Tennessee. The beautiful oceans, the wonderful beaches of Jamaica, and throughout the Caribbean. It is not hard to find a happy place within; you just have to be still. The pandemic really allowed me to be still and reflect on what means the most to me.
LAM: Where was the last place you performed prior to the world being lock down as a result of Covid-19?
Gramps: The last place that I performed was in Saint Kitts and Nevis with my brothers as “Morgan Heritage” which was right before the pandemic.
LAM: You know how much we love St. Kitts and Nevis, as a matter a fact, we brought Morgan Heritage to St. Kitts oh wow, countless times and the fans there can never get enough of you and MH.
LAM: Where is the first place you will perform once the restrictions lift?
Gramps: Well the first place I will perform is in Miramar, Florida with my brothers and we will perform on that show as Morgan Heritage but it’s looking like my first show will be in Malawi, Africa for my solo project “Positive Vibration”.
LAM: Who are your biggest fan base (demographic wise) and why do you think that is?
Gramps: I think my largest demographic fan base of people who relate to me the most are people between 25 to 45 years of age and I believe those are the fans that have been following me for the past 25 years and they are very loyal and have a certain kind of taste for music. By the way, I am so thankful for them and I actually call my fans the Gramps Tribe like Beyoncé has the beehive.
LAM: You have a huge following in Africa, especially Gambia and Senegal. We know this because our parent company VIP Connected Entertainment – booked you with Morgan Heritage to perform in Nigeria and the crowd attendance was almost 85,000 fans in the stadium. Why do you believe that you connect so well with our African brothers and sisters?
Gramps: I believe me and my family connected with Africa because of our family-based way of doing music by singing together and playing music as a family. I think iMessage of hope, peace and upliftment inspires Africa as they move into the 21st-century with new technology, arts, and music. I believe the world is also looking to Africa as it is one of the most richest places when it comes to minerals. I pray that they stay on the path as the breakthrough continues.
LAM: Your family group – Morgan Heritage is referred to as Jamaica’s Royal Family – Is this a title that you embrace and why?
Gramps: Well this is the name that was given to my family in 1992 at a press conference. A lady just shouted out the name and it stuck and then everyone started referring to us as the Royal Family so it’s not anything to really stick to or embrace we already accepted the royalty of our culture knowing that we were once kings and queens. Rastafarianism reminds us of this the most.
LAM: Fans have been noticing a “country music” like influence in some of your latest songs, what made you decide to go that direction?
Gramps: It’s not any special plan or special route that I am taking, if you listen to my second album “Reggae Music Lives” you will hear the influence of “country” in my music, but to tell you the truth the biggest influence was growing up listening to Toots and the Maytals on a Sunday and country artists like Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers (my favorite country artists from that era). Country has always been a part of Caribbean culture when you go into most Caribbean homes you hear country music mixed in with some amazing Reggae and Ska music.
LAM: Speaking of Country Music artists, who is your favorite country Artist?
Gramps: Right now I have a few but my favorite is Chris Stapleton
LAM: Which country artist would you like to collaborate with?
Gramps: Chris Stapleton and Morgan Whelan because they both sing from a special place; the tone of their voices is incredible and I think that collaborating with these two artists would be great.
LAM: What can we expect from Roy “Gramps’ Morgan in 2021 into 2022?
Gramps: More music from me and my my family. I look forward to touring behind this album “Positive Vibration” and bringing amazing concerts to the masses.
LAM: Where is your favorite place to relax and meditate when you are in your home country of Jamaica?
Gramps: One of my favorite places is on our property in St. Thomas, Jamaica on the mountaintop.
LAM: What does representing Jamaica means to you?
Gramps: I believe that there is a moral responsibility to represent our culture, our music, and our people. Every time we get on a plane and say that we are from Jamaica – we are on display and I try to do my best with caring myself responsibly and respectively.
LAM: It was certainly a pleasure and a honor spending this time with you Grampsie. We hope that you come back soon and keep us up-to-date with all your new projects.
LAM: Is there any message you would like to share with your fans before we wrap up, you get the last word :-)?
Gramps: Yes, I would say reach out to someone you normally wouldn’t reach out to and show and share love and a smile with the world and the world will smile with you!
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