While Heather Morgan has a decade’s worth of professional songwriting to her credit, she has carried a deep fondness for music her entire life. As a child, Heather would sing her sister to sleep with songs and rhymes she made up, and spent countless hours in her bedroom writing melodies and practicing chords on her guitar.
“I just connect with music so much, whether I’m creating it or listening to it. I’m so glad it’s a place that exists, and it’s something I get to live in. It’s in my heart and soul, it’s such a part of who I am; I eat, sleep, and breathe it most of the time.”
Heather has worked with countless notable artists over the years, including Brett Eldredge, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, and many, many more. She has written number one records and secured a spot on Billboard multiple times, solidifying that her incredible dedication and ‘all those days of driving around writing songs in the car’ have been worth it.
“I’ve been doing this for ten years, and there are times that have been so hard, but I find God on both sides of it. The really hard moments I’ve had to surrender to Him, and the really celebrated moments, I know it’s not me. So that makes it a little easier to celebrate knowing God gave me these talents to use, to create this art and have these really beautiful relationships.”
Those relationships — especially with fellow singer-songwriters who also relocated to Music City —are still some of Heather’s favorite aspects of her work. In an effort to highlight and honor those friendships, Heather helped co-create a recurring evening of music known as Girls of Nashville. The collaboration is a seasonal songwriter show celebrating stand-out female artists, and typically features three rounds of four performers.
“You almost don’t have to explain what it’s about to be, it’s just these super talented women who are happy to be gathered together. We get to throw all these songs out that have done well for us, and there’s this magic you can feel in the air.”
Since its inception during the summer of 2014, Girls of Nashville has continued to build on itself, moving to increasingly larger venues to accommodate its sold out crowds, and even hitting the road starting in early 2016.
For as much as she’s accomplished personally and professionally, Heather still largely identifies with her younger self.
“When you’re doing something you wanted to do as a kid, there are times it’s not any different than when I was seventeen — sitting in my room at night, playing my guitar, trying to write something that matters to me. I feel like I’m still her, and we’re still in it, but now there’s just more people who’ve come to hear me.”
Heather hopes those who do come to listen will connect with the stories she tells through her songs. Music has healed her own heart ‘over and over and over again,’ and there’s no place she’d rather be than on a stage, offering that same healing to others.
“I feel the most beautiful when I’m singing somewhere, because I feel like I’m doing what I was made to do. When I’m lost in a song, that to me is true, true beauty. I think that’s where I feel whole, where I feel connected to God, and where I feel a strength. Any time I’m creating, and getting to use my voice and words, it’s the best feeling. I don’t know what flying feels like, but I think it’s pretty close.”
Film: Lindley Atkinson
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